Mercedes' bosses want to see my contract extension: Hamilton

  • Mercedes' bosses want to see my contract extension: Hamilton

Mercedes' bosses want to see my contract extension: Hamilton

Hamilton crossed the finish line over 20 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, a win which extended his championship lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to 17 points.

But despite his growing confidence and an increased "synergy" with the auto, Hamilton was careful not to overstate the significance of his second successive win.

Hamilton would have been concerned to see Vettel's Ferrari directly behind him, his title rival having passed Bottas at the start.

"There are a lot of challenging races coming up and Monaco is a serious challenge", Hamilton said.

Vettel got off to a great start this season, winning the first two races, before his fortunes changed for the worse. Not every win feels as great as this one.

"It's obviously a little bit early to say but I would like to hope that it could be part of a turning point", he said. Hamilton was serene but stressed victory had by no means been a simple task. 'There's a nice story and a nice harmony there, but when I was told, being a relatively new Brit, that the weather is sub-optimal in April, they warded me off that quickly.' The honour of the 1,000th race will fall to the desperately soulless Shanghai International Circuit in China instead.

"I think it's pretty straightforward", he said. I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year.

Despite the upturn, concerns remain at Mercedes as to whether their auto is able to put its tyres in the correct temperature operating window.

"And I think we have some ideas, and now it's up to us to turn those ideas into reality".

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"This is more like it", Hamilton said on the team radio.

"We've had all the bosses here and there is not a single person in the team or at least the hierarchy of the team that has any concerns, as far as I am aware", he said. "It's really important that we all continue to push and work as hard as we have done during this first part of the season".

"As much as we are overwhelmed by the victory in Barcelona, my mind is already in Monaco and I remember Sunday night wasn't as pleasant past year". We could just as easily go to the next race and struggle getting our tyres working and be nowhere.

Monaco will stage the next Grand Prix, and it is a race that always seems to throw up incident and excitement, and Hamilton himself knows the trials and tribulations that come with racing on the Monte Carlo roads. "It's hard to beat all of these records that he has".

During the race weekend, the pole position time was three seconds quicker than in 2017 and the difference in race pace in the four-to-five second bracket.