Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Hamilton wants to win title with 'perfect' weekends

Hamilton wants to win title with 'perfect' weekends

Sunday's race at the Circuit de Catalunya was something of a reset, with Hamilton taking his second successive win - after Azerbaijan - to stretch his championship lead to 17 points.

If Mercedes' dominance was more like what Formula One fans have gotten used to seeing from the Silver Arrows, then Hamilton's display on Sunday was also right up there with the best the Briton has produced on his way to four world championships.

The new tires were brought to Spain for the first time and Mercedes duly dominated, with Vettel slipping to fourth place as Ferrari struggled with the updated specification. But once the Safety Car pulled in at the end of lap six, Hamilton was in a race nearly on his own, a rapid first stint suggested that there was one man in contention for the win.

He won at this track in 2017, though, and with Mercedes locking out on the front row, Hamilton can hope for some assistance in keeping Vettel at bay.

Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin told Mercedes' official website: "We've had a very good day completing 151 laps with Lewis without any real issues on the vehicle". 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.

Lewis has been able to get a good feel for the effect of these changes.

"I never believed we can do a one-stop", he said. "The first run was not so good, but the last lap I was happy", he said. He has some serious records. "This weekend, definitely we got ourselves onto the right path and I think the team just did an exceptional job, managing all aspects and improving in all areas".

Hamilton also became the first F1 driver to finish in the points in 30 consecutive races.

"So that's why I'm only partly celebrating".

Ferrari's call to stop Vettel for a second time, albeit under virtual safety vehicle conditions, has been heavily criticised by people who don't have access to the necessary data, such is the wonder of that most public of forums, the internet.

Charles Leclerc of Sauber and Sergio Perez of Force India closed out the top 10.

Of course, Hamilton's situation out front was made all the more rewarding by his main title rival Sebastian Vettel's need to stop twice, opposed to other's once, and drop from second to fourth come the checkered flag. The more confident I am the better the pace is. Probably the key point of tomorrow is the weather, there is some rain around and if that happens I think the race is going to ve very different.

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