Mercedes' bosses want to see my contract extension: Hamilton

Mercedes' bosses want to see my contract extension: Hamilton

Mercedes looked strong all weekend, happier on the amended Pirelli tyres introduced for this weekend due to worries about excessive wear and tyre temperatures.

By his statements, Wolff was referring to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton, the reigning world champion, will not complain.

"If we don't see those issues then there are no excuses". The supersoft tyre wasn't delivering the grip and peak performance they expected and, in fact, the Ferrari drivers ended up qualifying on the soft tyre even in Q3.

"As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory here, my mind is already on Monaco, and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night previous year". "It's great to get a lot of points for the team today".

Fresh from his triumph on Sunday, Hamilton will split Mercedes' time with a familiar face, testing the Silver Arrow on the opening day on Tuesday before team mate Bottas takes over the W09 for the second segment of running. Bottas could not overtake Vettel to regain second position.

"The day didn't quite go according to our plan, Valtteri lost a place to Vettel off the line and whilst he had good pace, it's very hard to overtake here and on tyres of the same age we couldn't get close to a passing position", Shovlin explained. We lost a bit of time at the stop and that was enough to put us back out behind Vettel and also Magnussen.

Nine stars from the current Formula 1 grid will drive in this week's two-day post-race session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with nine teams also devoting time to test drivers - Mercedes are the exception, having chose to use their 2018 race line-up.

So, while Sunday's result will be hugely encouraging to Hamilton and Mercedes, it should not be taken as an indication that the team will dominate from here on in.

"I only said that we are loyal first of all to our drivers".

"As with Valtteri, a one stop became the best strategy to defend the lead from there and managing the tyres and the pace was the goal from there to the finish".

"There are just some tracks that we are not that good at", Wolff admitted.

The F1 bandwagon will roll into Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix on 27 May.

Coming off four straight titles in both the constructors' and drivers' championships, Mercedes had started the season by showing good pace in Australia, although it let victory escape thanks in part to an ill-timed safety vehicle that helped Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel earn the win in Melbourne. "It's the greatest feeling to come here and have that kind of performance and have a convincing win. It's really important that we all continue to push and work as hard as we have done during this first part of the season".

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