Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Hamilton needed pole after Mercedes 'nerves'

Hamilton needed pole after Mercedes 'nerves'

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel launched a scathing attack on the Formula 1 hierarchy after hearing that the rule changes for next year will make the cars slower by nearly 1.5 seconds compared to 2018.

"It was very close in qualifying but very happy", the world champion said.

Asked by Autosport just how important the Barcelona pole was to him in light of his recent form, he said: "We've had one pole, we haven't really had great qualifying sessions after that, so it was important for me to get back into a good position with qualifying, as it is usually a strength of mine. We though the Super Soft was the better tyre for us and it worked, bit it was still marginal the gains we made". The vehicle was fine and we didn't have much to do. "I'm a bit disappointed but it could have been worse", he said. Though Hartley was not hurt, his STR13 suffered too much damage to be repaired in time for qualifying.

"I think tomorrow it will be an interesting race and we'll be close; the same as happened in the last couple of races". "We can still work on the vehicle and we should be stronger tomorrow".

It's the first European race starting under F1's new schedule, so every session is moved back an hour, with the race starting 70 minutes later than past year.

Results are below. Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix rolls off at 8:00 a.m. ET. 2017 onwards, the cars have become much faster and much wider, but this had made the cars hard to overtake on the circuit.

"And I am sure there have been people with nerves over the last few races, just not really understanding [what's happening] and feeling like we're not really learning enough".

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"I don't think it's particularly".

"I do respect them and know how busy they can be and all that".

"It is a constant learning process but these tires they seem to have a small working window whether they give us more rubber or less rubber they appear to be a lot harder than a year ago even though they went softer". "We should be at least as fast as we are this year but just making racing better".

"All the drivers feedback was "thank you very much, that's what we like", it's more challenging, you see us more exhausted after the race and now you make them slower again!".

Daniel Ricciardo: "I really think we got the most out of the auto this afternoon".

"Then we said "let's put more aerodynamics and make them wider, more spectacular", Vettel added. Unfortunately, very often there is a meeting and they don't come to it.

Most teams brought significant updates to their cars as F1 returned to Europe after races in Australia, Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan.

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