Lewis Hamilton Wins the 2018 Spanish GP — Twitter Reacts

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole position since the opening round

The team would have analysed the softs that came off and made a judgement call based on the wear level to pit Vettel under the VSC and drop him from second place to fourth.

"I needed this pole".

"It was very close in qualifying, but very happy", he said.

"It's important for me to get back into a good position in qualifying, it's usually a strength of mine", he acknowledged. "Ferrari looked to be sandbagging [until this afternoon] because they could", he added. "So having such a good weekend it was good for his confidence".

It was the first front-row lock up for Mercedes this season, and 51st all-time. I think our sport should be in a better shape than supplying a software that is just poor, and allows us to find some extra performance that way. "We had good racing intelligence today".

"It looked easier than it was", said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. He foresaw an "interesting race" on Sunday.

"It was so close today like it's been all weekend", said Bottas. Given that these power units are created to last seven races it was a big surprise to see vehicle No.7 retire from the race with an issue on a power unit that was just two days old.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix on Monday to extend his championship lead while Kiwi Brendon Hartley recovered from his big crash in practice to finish the race in 12th.

When he jumped out of his auto to celebrate Mercedes' first one-two victory of the season, Valtteri Bottas looked back at his front tyres to see there was nearly no rubber left on the carcass.

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We will prepare the game there [on the trip] as well. "Now, we will be ready and this qualification gives us a big boost". He said, per Mundo Deportivo : "I have [Thibaut] Courtois and [Ahmed] Hegazi".

Hamilton led the race from pole with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on his tail, followed by Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen. The fans will have wanted more but at this stage in the season, this untroubled procession is exactly what he and Mercedes required.

"I'm not trying to be amusing, but I genuinely have no idea what they are doing or what they've changed or what they've decided", Ricciardo said. He and Verstappen were six tenths off the pole time. Got a decent lap, but it's a shame it's only four hundred. "Then they put in some belters at the end". I didn't know what the pace would be. Sixth was Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who helped convert the team's strong pace into a healthy haul of points. Renault's Carlos Sainz finished ninth ahead of Haas' Romain Grosjean. "But we're not really asked". "So that's a positive thing".

Hulkenberg was the surprise casualty of the opening qualifying session.

There was some disquiet with the rear-view mirrors Ferrari mounted on the halos. He is on the brink of a grid penalty so any engine changes will likely hurt his chances next time out.

Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso did not make it to qualifying because the team was not able to fix his auto after a crash in the final minutes of Saturday's practice. The rear end fell apart as the auto was being hoisted by a crane.

This regardless of the younger Dutchman making an error through the VSC as he touched the again of the Williams of Lance Stroll, shedding a part of his entrance wing within the course of. Raikkonen is also comfortable here, with a pair of wins to go with five podiums here.

Updates with quotes by Ricciardo, Magnussen.

Race organizers said additional security was implemented after several cars were broken into at a closed parking lot for the media at the track. Should stand. With AP Photos.

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