Mercedes boss says clean sweep of F1 season is unrealistic


"It's just the working window that I'm in, with my driving style, it's not always doing what I want it to do. I feel better and better in the vehicle, so I look forward to tomorrow".

Lewis Hamilton admits that Mercedes now being so dominant over Ferrari in the constructor's championship isn't as much "fun" as competing against a team who is also performing at their best, while saying that the state of the current F1 product isn't the fault of the Silver Arrows.

"Ultimately, it's a fantastic auto", he said.

"It's just got bigger and bigger and better and better and the smiles have got broader and broader", she said of Hamilton's gifts for Harry.

Hamilton previously had Nico Rosberg, the now-retired 2016 champion in a season when Mercedes won 19 of the 21 races, as his main rival and that led to a breakdown in relations between the former friends. That is something that we really need to analyse and understand.

The result will be of particular concern to Ferrari after the Italians pegged this race as a critical indicator of the health of its championship aspirations.

With a flat-spotted front tyre, Vettel was down on pace.

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"It's a great vehicle but we don't always get along", said Hamilton.

"We were certainly quicker than twelfth today and, in the end, it wasn't a ideal Sunday".

The flat spot in the opening stint meant Vettel in turn also lost out to Charles Leclerc as Ferrari handed down orders for the German to move over for his team-mate.

Leclerc ran onto a kerb during Q2 and appeared to damage some bodywork beneath his auto, and the 21-year-old was forced to wait in his garage while it was fixed before setting a lap in Q3.

However, the gap to Ferrari only widened in Spain, while Max Verstappen - third on Sunday - said his Red Bull was slower than the Mercedes cars in every corner.

Red Bull's Pierre Gasly came sixth ahead of Kevin Magnussen in the Haas.

Other than one weird incident, Renault's Daniel Ricciardo reversing into Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat to retire both cars after overshooting Turn 3, the race around Baku's lovely tight streets and castle walls passed by without incident. And looking into why his team mate appears so comfortable in the vehicle over one lap would, Hamilton admitted, be top of his priority list in the coming weeks.

"It's incredible what we're achieving and what we have achieved in these six and a half years". He was running in 8th place, but was overtaken by Carlos Sainz and Kvyat in the final few laps of the race. Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen ended 14th, with Racing Point's Sergio Perez 15th.