Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes ace details Monaco Grand Prix hopes after testing

Ross Houston
May 17, 2018

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.

Hamilton's strong run helped Mercedes re-establish order at the top of the field after seeing Ferrari dominate most of the early season. "Let's keep this up".

The defending four-time champion, who increased his lead in this year's title race to 17 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, added that he and his team were still uncertain about the races ahead. But the German marque struggled previous year in Monaco, with Ferrari sweeping to a one-two finish.

"It felt really good today", Hamilton told Sky Sports.

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. "It's a good feeling".

But despite his growing confidence and an increased "synergy" with the auto, Hamilton was careful not to overstate the significance of his second successive win.

"I have an issue", he said on the radio with his characteristic understatement and matter-offact existentialism, and it was a technical concern that Ferrari could not diagnose. So I think I've learned from those. "It's hard to beat all of these records that he has".

The next F1 race is in Monaco on May 27. The drivers scrambled all over the turn hoping not to hit Grosjean but Nico Hulkenburg and Pierre Gasley were collected in the mess.

Hamilton had also won in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, but that victory came mostly because of incidents involving his closest competitors, including a blown tyre for Bottas, a mistake by Vettel and a crash between Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen.

Local favourites Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso were seventh and eighth while Charles LeClerc and Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10. Vettel is second with 78.

"But we know as well that this was a good circuit for us and the temperatures fell in our favour as well". Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel cleverly took advantage of the slipstream from the Merc in front of him to overtake Bottas in the approach to Turn One. 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.

"I was not translated correctly", Wolff said referring to him dismissing Ricciardo's chances of driving for Mercedes, as quoted on Planet F1. Why on earth he kept his foot hard on the throttle, spun back into the pack and created that smoke cloud I have no idea, but it was an extremely unsafe thing to do.

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