Vettel's struggles continue with 4th place at Spanish GP

  • Vettel's struggles continue with 4th place at Spanish GP

Vettel's struggles continue with 4th place at Spanish GP

There's quite a bit of debate over this, with five teams in favour and five against the regulation changes.

Isola also hit out at suggestions the change might have been made to help Mercedes and disadvantage Ferrari.

Despite promising much in Friday running Red Bull never threatened in the race.

"After that, we had an internal meeting in Pirelli where we evaluated everything and then we prepared a report for the FIA explaining why we were requesting this change". Let's wait and see!

"It's hard on a race weekend to complete proper tests due to the limited number of tyres, the constantly evolving track and the requirement to get the maximum speed out of the auto".

"If the drivers have some comments they are more than welcome", reiterated the FIA chief. Though there was no rain on the plain in Spain today, the sport's governing body still wanted to test the lights in the hope of introducing them next season. Last season they were off the pace in Monaco, with Hamilton failing to make it out of Q2 and finishing seventh after being unable to work enough heat into his tyres. It was understandable that Ferrari pitted the German as he was the first of the top teams to pit and wasn't certain if his tyres would last until the end of the race.

In qualifying, despite the Ferraris obviously not being 100 percent happy with their tyres, Sebastian Vettel managed to get within a sniff of pole position. Ferrari called Vettel into the pits for on lap 18 causing Mercedes to bring in Bottas on the next lap. However, Hamilton's pace in that opening stint was absolutely mighty.

Coming off four straight titles in both the constructors' and drivers' championships, Mercedes had started the season by showing good pace in Australia, although it let victory escape thanks in part to an ill-timed safety vehicle that helped Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel earn the win in Melbourne. "But I wasn't", he said.

"Overall it has been a decent weekend, we just need to understand for tyres what to do". While Verstappen claimed the final step on the podium Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth.

"In the following races, we struggled in many areas and all that adds up and was in all our minds". The Swede had started the race on the medium compound tyres when most of the grid went with the soft option. The Frenchman chose to keep his foot on the throttle, which spun him across the circuit in a plume of smoke. Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Torro Rosso's Pierre Gasly got collected in the wreck.

"I'm looking forward to Monaco". It's the jewel in F1's crown, and Ferrari versus Mercedes versus Red Bull should be well and truly on.

Kimi Raikkonen's race in Catalonia was yet again one to forget.

Pressure had been building on the Silver Arrows following a tricky start to the season - a miscalculation by the team cost Hamilton dear in Australia and he had to settle for third and fourth-place finishes in Bahrain and China respectively.

Ricciardo went home with the fastest lap title and a new lap record to boot while Hamilton's win saw him open a 17-point gap in the championship.