Sebastian Vettel Claims that he ‘Helped’ Lewis Hamilton in Spain

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Hamilton did likewise to get past pole-sitting Bottas at the first turn to win in China, and Bottas defended his pole position from Hamilton starting second on the grid in his victory at Azerbaijan last round.

It was reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton who crossed the line first, with teammate Valtteri Bottas coming in four seconds behind. Hamilton and Leclerc pitted under the safety vehicle, re-joining the track in 1st and 4th place respectively, while Bottas, Verstappen and Vettel had already pitted before the safety-car period. He now moves into the lead of the World Championship standings, while Verstappen moves into third place.

But with Vettel running on a different strategy compared to his teammate, Ferrari used team orders to swap the two on track.

Sebastian Vettel came home third, never too far down the road from Mercedes but never truly challenging. I plan to work with this team to make...

Having hoped to see a Ferrari renaissance at the Circuit de Catalunya, where they were so dominant in pre-season testing, Hamilton was disappointed again at their lack of pace, which, nearly incredibly, prompted paddock talk of the Silver Arrows winning all 21 races.

Hamilton said that, after being outpaced by Bottas, the message was a welcome boost to his spirits.

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Mercedes have a long way to go for that to happen with Sunday's win a 92nd for the German marque - absent as a constructor from 1955 to 2010 - compared to Ferrari's 235 since 1951. The team has spoken of it, and Valtteri and I have spoken of it, and I think we have the best pairing that any team has, especially with the balance that we have in terms of how respectful we are.

Mark Webber told Wide World of Sports recently that Verstappen had matured significantly in 2019, and that's been reflected in his results, consistently getting the best out of a auto that simply doesn't have the pace of Mercedes.

Verstappen admitted after the race that Monaco, Singapore and Mexico were his only realistic chances of victory in 2019. Pierre Gasly took sixth place for Red Bull, while Kevin Magnussen ended the race seventh for Haas. It's the most iconic, historic brand out there and I respect a driver if he has the desire to drive at Ferrari.

The second Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon finished eleventh, while Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg ended a lacklustre weekend for Renault in 12th and 13th. We were just discussing improvements we could make and talking about how we could improve the vehicle. The midfield is so close and everything has to be executed to the maximum for a strong result.

"People watching might be unhappy with the gap we have to the Ferraris".

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