Sebastian Vettel: Reason for Mercedes' resurgence 'straightforward'

Hamilton and Vettel query F1 2019 decision-making process

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.

Raikkonen conceded the supersoft tyres, which have given teams a headache this weekend, continued to pose a challenge for Ferrari, and he highlighted the thinner tread being used this weekend as a possible factor. "I think in the sport and in technology we're developing and moving forwards all the time to pull us back", said Lewis Hamilton.

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".

"Obviously they have been changed a bit, the tyres, for whatever reason". The auto was fine and we didn't have much to do.

"A lot of people said I was quite harsh on myself", he added. "I didn't have much to lose so I thought I'd try".

"I think tomorrow it will be an interesting race and we'll be close; the same as happened in the last couple of races".




'If we understand something is going wrong we should try to find a solution, ' said Todt. They are not the same as they were at the last races. However, due to the high aerodynamic downforce on the cars, it is hard to follow, which has limited overtaking opportunities at certain circuits. At that point, I was in a position where I had nothing to lose, so we chose to try something else.

"We were struggling to make the tyres work, it was not the most straightforward qualifying".

"I do respect them and know how busy they can be and all that". "We should be at least as fast as we are this year but just making racing better". Even if the start doesn't go in our favour, I think we always have a strong auto to keep fighting.

"The regulations have been rushed through, a lot of them are in conflict with existing regulations, so there's going to be a meeting on Sunday to tidy it up, whether that's achievable or not". "Then we said the cars are too slow, let's put more aerodynamics and make them wider, more spectacular", Vettel said. Obviously we had the change for everyone but I think they are a bit harder, so for me it was pretty straightforward as I said because I was happier with the auto with that tyre.

"I mean we are drivers", said Vettel, "that's not to say that we know everything, we don't anything about engineering the vehicle but we know how the cars feel, how to drive the cars".

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