Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton rejuvenated by Spain F1 victory but wary of Monaco GP

"The cool thing about being a world champion is the team naturally listens to what you say because you are not talking gibberish so they go away and focus on those areas, look at the data and try to work on it, it is an fantastic process you do together when it comes back and it works".

And with Mercedes money men in Barcelona to witness his dominant display, Hamilton dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to commit his future to the German team.

After the fourth GP of the season Hamilton has 95 points and Vettel 78.

"It was feeling good until the end, when I looked up at the tower and my name did not go to the top".

Hamilton, along with team-mate Valtteri Bottas who will drive for Mercedes on Wednesday, will this week rack up valuable mileage to gather as much information as possible ahead of the Monte Carlo race a week on Sunday. Team mate Valtteri Bottas finished second, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen secured the final podium position.

"I remember like it was yesterday sitting at home playing this computer game as Michael", Hamilton said.

"And I think we have some ideas, and now it's up to us to turn those ideas into reality".

Hamilton won from pole, unchallenged by the rest of the grid.

"Today we just didn't have the right pace, Mercedes was faster than us and we hadn't many chances", Vettel said. He has some serious records.

"We know that it is going to be a hard weekend, but as we have seen this year, you can still take great points from races you do not win".

"It's going to be hard. But I have the will to want to get this one and do it right, flawless weekend in, weekend out".

But Vettel and Ferrari insist the medium tyres on which Vettel was racing would not have lasted the race distance, making the second stop necessary.

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

The street track is also likely to suit the Red Bull chassis, while the thinner tyre tread which undermined Vettel's challenge in Spain, will be replaced by the rubber which his Ferrari mastered in the rounds before Barcelona.

Hamilton managed to put a gap of 6.5 seconds between himself and second placed Vettel. Sergio Perez finished in ninth place ahead of the Sauber of Charles Leclerc. If we're not able to see that, we're more than blind, because we didn't have the pace in the first stint. He lost time in the pits and came back onto the track behind Verstappen, and was unable to make up the difference despite the newer tyres.

"Apparently, the changes that were made did us more harm than it did our opponents", Ferrari's Vettel said. Second, I think we struggled a bit over the course of the weekend with the tires.



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