Spanish GP: Sebastian Vettel defends Ferrari pit-stop strategy

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Where Hamilton's victory in the previous race in Baku had required a huge element of luck as well as the misfortune of several of his rivals, in Spain the four-times world champion was dominant.

"Generally, he likes spinning, but on the first lap is not a good time to do it with everyone there".

"The mistake this morning was a costly one and I missed the final hour of the session because of it", Ricciardo said.

Out of the cockpit, he continued the theme, adding: "Today I felt a synergy with the auto that I hadn't been feeling all year. I know that sounds weird but today is definitely I think the closest I've been". The circuit suits us, the Tarmac suits us, the cold weather suits us and I would be careful with predictions. After five races, we have a much better understanding of the vehicle, of what we need to do to get the auto working.

"I think, as a team, this weekend we have been flawless, and we just need to continue like that and for me also the wins are going to come", Bottas said. I find it a bit comical: why, in 2009 we went, let's go less aerodynamics and better racing and so on? Then, once I got going and got a good start - after that no-one had the pace to keep up with me and I was pulling away at a second a lap.

"And then today [I] just happened to get the right wing setting for example for the race, and the vehicle was a little bit nicer to drive". "I said that I wanted to come here and win the way that I won, and when I came across the line I was just happy that I did as I planned to".

After making an early pit stop on lap 19, Bottas then had to make a set of medium compound tyres last 47 laps in order to complete an unlikely one-stop strategy.

Grosjean's spinning auto resulted in an array of tyre smoke and the unsighted Hulkenberg and Gasly creamed into the stricken Haas, leaving all three out on the spot. "We have such a good vehicle".

His 74th career pole is also a return to competitive form just when he needed it, having been outpaced over the single lap at Bahrain and China by his team-mate Bottas, and by Vettel in the last three races. "This is when we are going to start applying some pressure". "It feels nice to be on the podium and nice to have a good, clean race". In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari trail Mercedes by 27 points. That's the second thing we need to focus on. In fact, Hulkenberg's lose left tyre was a testimony to why the halo is important for driver safety.

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has called on the team to be calm in its analysis of the performance and Vettel agrees with that approach.

Soon it became just one Ferrari in the hunt for a podium finish as Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire with mechanical issues. "Monaco, Hungary, Singapore. Part of why that is we know, but part is still a mystery".

When Vettel made his second stop during a late virtual safety vehicle period, after Esteban Ocon parked up his Force India by the side of the track, it backfired and he lost a place instead of gaining anything.