Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Lewis Hamilton's team flies F1 vehicle out to ill 'spirit angel' boy

Lewis Hamilton's team flies F1 vehicle out to ill 'spirit angel' boy

We definitely did not expect to come in to the season winning the first five races, which is incredibly encouraging for everyone. There are a few others that we really enjoy watching perform.

The Scuderia was strong at this circuit during preseason testing and was hoping this weekend would validate that its vehicle was still strong, writing off the previous four rounds as anomalous, but Sebastian Vettel could qualify only third and 0.866 seconds off the pace.

The Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks' time could prove decisive for the rest of the season - if Ferrari fail to get their act together and launch a real challenge against Mercedes here, the Silver Arrows might already have 2019 in the bag.

When Zetsche entered Mercedes' motorhome at Barcelona "to say goodbye" while Wolff was conducting his post-race media debrief, Wolff said: "I need to say a word about you".

"It was pretty tight but I lost it at the start, there was some odd behavior on the clutch -it was like biting, releasing, biting, releasing and I've not felt that before", said Bottas.

"In the end, obviously I did Lewis a favour because I distracted Valtteri".

The win in Baku was certainly satisfying for the man who lost here in direly unfortunate circumstances previous year, after suffering a puncture from first place late in the race.

At the start, 3rd placed Vettel, made a reasonably good start to go 3-wide with Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. Behind him on the podium, and in the driver's championship standings, are Bottas and Verstappen.

"I tried and it didn't work, but I was hoping I could maybe mix things up a little bit for my sake and your sake!".

The Briton now has 112 points to Bottas's 105, with Verstappen third on 66. "I tried to pressure Max but with the safety auto it didn't matter".

Perhaps the best indication of Verstappen's growing confidence is the gap to his teammate.

After the opening five races, Ferrari are 96 points adrift of Mercedes in the constructor's championship.

"It's the most iconic, historic Formula One brand out there and I totally respect if a driver has the desire to drive at Ferrari. We'll regroup and look forward to the next one". The midfield is so close and everything has to be executed to the maximum for a strong result. We were just discussing improvements we could make and talking about how we could improve the auto.

Given his teammate Nico Hulkenberg qualified 16 and finished 13, it was a race to forget for Renault. "They should also have the best vehicle in Monaco".

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