F1: Hamilton hopes Spanish GP a turning point for Mercedes

Photo: Getty Images
0 Comments

Lewis is hopeful that a Mercedes AMG Petronas 1-2 in the Spanish Grand Prix will be a sign of things to come for the team that has won every constructor’s and driver’s championship since 2014.

Scuderia Ferrari appeared to have an early-season edge, with Sebastian Vettel scoring a pair of victories and three-consecutive poles entering Spain.

While Hamilton took a fortuitous win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, he knew that Ferrari still had somewhat of an upperhand.

And his victory also came at the expense of teammate Valtteri Bottas, who suffered a cut tire while leading in the final laps. Consequently, Hamilton was a bit muted in celebration.

The Spanish Grand Prix was a completely different story, however, as both Hamilton and Bottas started on the front row, and Hamilton dominated on the way to victory. Bottas, to his credit, finished second to give the team a 1-2.

“This is when we are going to start trying to continue to apply the pressure,” Hamilton said in the post-race press conference. “A 1-2 for the team. We have the Mercedes board here with us who have been supporting us from day one, so it’s great to have them all here and see that true force within the team – strength in depth. So I hope we can continue.”

Still, while he and the team are getting better with every race, and are developing a more thorough understanding of the W09, Hamilton is aware of how quickly things can change, and he isn’t putting the cart before the horse.

“I think it’s obviously a little bit early to say but I would like to hope that it could be part of a turning point,” he explained. “There is… race by race we’re understanding the tires more, which is a bit battle for everyone. We could just as easily go to the next race and struggle getting our tires working and be nowhere. So, it’s a little bit early to say. We do after the five races now have a much, much better understanding of the car, of what we need to do to get the car to be working – but we still have learning to do, improvements to be made. We still need to add performance to the car throughout the year, so that’s what we’re going to be continuing to be working on.”

Hamilton now leads Vettel by 17 points in the driver’s championship, while Mercedes leads Ferrari by 27 in the constructor’s.

Follow@KyleMLavigne