Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 2018 Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. The closest Vettel came to matching Hamilton's pace in his first stint was on laps 12, 13 and 16, when Vettel's times were around 0.4s down, still a huge deficit.
Drivers have attacked the lack of consultation over "comical" changes that will be introduced next season, while the head of F1's governing body has accused them of failing to attend meetings to discuss the plans. "I think it was the right thing to do". The five against, including Red Bull, feel that it's a bit premature and that more research needs to be done, plus the cost implications with designing a whole new concept isn't ideal, especially when the rules are expected to change again in 2021. We had a comprehensive aero data collection programme which we got through whilst the track was cold first thing, then got stuck into proper running for the remainder of the day.
Hamilton was never challenged on the way to his 41st win from pole position, surpassing a record he shared with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. "But it was good to have the possibility to revisit, and now it's up to us to take action". "I think Red Bull will really be strong and Ferrari was on the pole previous year".
Vettel won the Monaco race previous year, when Ferrari was 1-2 in qualifying and in the GP. Two laps later, Mercedes brought in Bottas in the hope that he had gone fast enough to get ahead of Vettel after the pit stop.
In Spain on Sunday he followed race victor Hamilton in the team's first one-two finish of the campaign, albeit 22 seconds adrift on very worn tyres after a marathon 47 lap stint on a single set. But, repeating their Spanish performance in Monaco will be easier said than done for Mercedes and it may yet be too early to hail this as a turning point in their campaign. They blistered very seriously and could have caused serious problems.
But no sooner did the race get underway than it ended in a shower of carbon fibre.
75% - Points scored by Vettel through the first five races compared to past year (104 in 2017, 78 in 2018).
6/6 - Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo have combined to set the last six fastest laps. The Swede had started the race on the medium compound tyres when most of the grid went with the soft option.
On to Monaco next, where I've been this weekend driving at the Historic Grand Prix weekend in a Williams that Keke Rosberg won the race in back in 1983.
Just ask Kimi Raikkonen.
Pressure had been building on the Silver Arrows following a tricky start to the season - a miscalculation by the team cost Hamilton dear in Australia and he had to settle for third and fourth-place finishes in Bahrain and China respectively.