Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes pole in Spain

Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes pole in Spain

But following repairs to his auto, the Australian, backed up by Verstappen, ran Hamilton close enough to suggest Red Bull have the credentials to take the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari.

"I find it a bit comical", said Vettel.

"So, it was definitely important, and I am happy too especially because I had such a busy week coming into this weekend".

The changes for next season were devised with the help of Todt's old Ferrari sidekick Ross Brawn, who works for the sport owners, Liberty Media. The changes include a simplified front wing and brake ducts and a bigger rear wing flap to make DRS more powerful - all of which will make the vehicle less aerodynamically efficient and slower compared to its 2018 counterpart.

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. And their limitations to overtake.

"It was very close but I am very happy", Hamilton said.

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"Now we want to make them slower again?"

"Q3, the first run, I locked up a little bit into Turn 1 so the first sector was already slow and I tried to get back and recover, but to really fight for pole it was not enough and I didn't get a great feeling on that tyre, on that set so I made a decision to ask to go back and I think it was the right call".

"For me it's really how can I utilise these tyres, how can I minimise the losses, and not go in the wrong direction on set-up, which we have done a couple of times". "It's not going to make any difference if you make it... if you make us three seconds slower or a second and a half slower, it's not going to make the racing any better and we just want to go faster, we want to improve technology, we want to push the boundaries and the limits". "Since the last race I've not thought for one second that now we're leading the world championship". Unfortunately, very often there is a meeting and they don't come to it. "It feels like something that could prove to not have the effect you were hoping for".

Most teams brought significant updates to their cars as F1 returned to Europe after races in Australia, Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan. "If there is time and anyone wants to approach me or any of the drivers, I am sure we can give some good insight".

Ricciardo recovered from his crash in FP1 to play his part in an encouraging session for Red Bull, with Max Verstappen third quickest on the supersoft compound with a 1:18.533. "Our opinions should at least be heard".

Todt said that was also partly in response to driver complaints about how hard it was to overtake at some circuits. We still have a good chance in the race as long runs look good, it is just a shame to be this far off on Saturdays.

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