F1 Raceweek: Hamilton primed to extend championship lead?

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Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are both pretty awesome around street circuits, and Monaco represents one of their best chances to qualify on the front row and battle for victory in a straight fight.

75% - Points scored by Vettel through the first five races compared to previous year (104 in 2017, 78 in 2018).

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.

Running in eighth and heading into turn four Romain Grosjean fishtailed wide and then spun back into traffic laying down an acrid smokescreen of burning rubber.

The 2019 F1 aero regulations are meant to help cars follow each other.

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

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But team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel were sufficiently close to Hamilton's track-record lap of 1:16.173 to give the Briton some cause for concern. On rejoining the race, Vettel got behind Verstappen and his fate was sealed. We've not had an easy start to this season but everyone has stayed focused and worked incredibly hard to take the fight to Ferrari and Red Bull. On lap 25 Raikkonen seemed to lose power and soon dropped from second down to seventh, he would soon head into the garage.

Such was the pace of Hamilton in clean air ahead that by the 15th lap, he had already opened a 6.4-second gap on Vettel. Gasly was one place ahead of fellow F1 regular Vandoorne, who was driving a second McLaren dedicated to testing development tyres on a Pirelli-prescribed run plan. Bottas sits in third with 58 points.

Let's be honest, after the excitement of the opening three corners, the Spanish Grand Prix was a bit of a snoozefest. On lap 34 Daniel Ricciardo finally heads to the pits allowing Vettel and Bottas to advance.

GP3 race victor Nikita Mazepin was fifth fastest in the Force India and completed 108 laps despite a auto issue in the morning. The following lap saw Verstappen surrender the lead as he too took on fresh tires. However, a slight error at the stop ensured that Bottas rejoined behind the scrapping Vettel and Kevin Magnussen. But it's unclear what impact the upgrades have had on the competitive order, beyond Ferrari seeming to fall behind Mercedes in qualifying pace and also fall behind Merc and Red Bull on race pace.

Star driver Lewis Hamilton after starting on pole crossed the finish line first on Sunday at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, with teammate Valtteri Bottas crossing a little over 20 seconds back.

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