Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Verstappen fastest on 1st day of mid-season F1 tests

Verstappen fastest on 1st day of mid-season F1 tests

"We tried our best, but something was missing and we need to improve on this". Next up, it's Mercedes who have overcome a slow start to the season to be frontrunners in the constructor's championship.

He finished eighth, then bounced back by outqualifying Hamilton in Bahrain and China, finishing second in both races, and was runner-up again on Sunday in a race the champion dominated.

Mercedes have won both titles for the past four seasons.

Everything's going fine, ' team boss Toto Wolff told reporters at last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

Vettel said Ferrari used Tuesday's test to work on improvements in an attempt to solve the issues it faced over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend. They have also proven that even when they have not had the quickest vehicle; they have still had the tactical edge over arch rivals Ferrari.

And with Mercedes money men in Barcelona to witness his dominant display, Hamilton dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to commit his future to the German team. Yet, he still recorded a second, third and fourth place finish, proving that even in a slump, he can still put his vehicle in a strong position. It was expected to be done before the start of the current campaign, but it has dragged on with the season now five races old. Only an ill-timed safety vehicle incident, which allowed rival Sebastian Vettel to gain a position on him, denied the Brit victory.

Lewis Hamilton is leading the F1 drivers' championship by 17 points from Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes opted not to bring Bottas in for new tyres when Vettel pitted under the late Virtual Safety Car, preferring to jump the Ferrari and gain track position, which ultimately paid off in securing second place.

Lewis Hamilton sprays the champagne after winning 2018 Spanish GP
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Then there was Azerbaijan.

Bottas' time of 3.9 seconds resulted in the Finn exiting the pit stop as Vettel was bearing down the finish straight behind Magnussen.

He suggested post-race that the new tyres - which will also feature at Paul Ricard and Silverstone - "maybe suited others better than us".

Although the Mercedes auto might not be the quickest on the grid, they sure are the most consistent, which is why they're in a prime position to retain the constructor's championship for a fifth successive season.

Meanwhile, despite Hamilton being confirmed for the 2019 season, there remains a question mark on his teammate for next season. This is the type of race that reminds spectators and drivers alike that Hamilton still has unrivaled pace.

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As part of Ferrari's investigations into its lack of race pace on Tuesday, Vettel tested standard tread versions of the soft and medium compounds as well as thin tread tyres in a back to back comparisons.

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