Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Spanish GP no reason to write off rest of F1 season

Spanish GP no reason to write off rest of F1 season

"It feels like a long time since we had a 1-2 finish, so there's definitely a measure of relief in how we asserted ourselves today", said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. "After a weekend like the last one, yes".

Those components should have lasted until the end of the Monaco race and then been replaced for the seventh round in Canada, where Ferrari plans to introduce its upgraded engine. "Our programme included a series of aero test items with extra instrumentation on the auto in the early part of the day, which allowed him to get up to speed with how we operate and with understanding the VJM11".

But the first lap wasn't even over when disaster struck.

"At no point did I feel like I was going to lose but I was pushing every single lap - using it as a test bed to understand what I liked about the balance and understand where I can get more from".

It was a productive day of running for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton completing aero data collection throughout in order to check correlation between the wind tunnel and the recent aero updates.

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Testing in northeastern Spain concludes on Wednesday.

On to Monaco next, where I've been this weekend driving at the Historic Grand Prix weekend in a Williams that Keke Rosberg won the race in back in 1983. "It is very balanced between him and Lewis at the moment". "It's important we continue to push and work as hard as we have been".

We've seen the wings get bigger, smaller, wider, higher, lower and a combination of all of these, but the feeling coming out of the F1 technical camp is that this time the changes proposed have been better researched than anytime before.

"We do after the five races now have a much, much better understanding of the vehicle, of what we need to do to get the auto to be working - but we still have learning to do, improvements to be made".

In Spain on Sunday he followed race victor Hamilton in the team's first one-two finish of the campaign, albeit 22 seconds adrift on very worn tyres after a marathon 47 lap stint on a single set. "We've got Valtteri in the vehicle tomorrow and another very busy day planned".

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But after logging 136 laps in post-race at Barcelona testing on Tuesday, during which he trialled both the standard and the thinner-tread tyres, Vettel conceded Ferrari would have struggled even more without the change. "And they are in the front, so can you imagine at the back", he said. Last night he insisted that drivers had "never really been..."

"I was much happier with the auto". And now we want to make them slower again.

"You are taking a new concept of front wing with only two years to go until a whole new auto".

"In the next few days there will be meetings and we don't know if the same tyres will be used in France and Britain".

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