Haas and Renault score points in Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix


Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished second ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Vettel having to settle for fourth after being forced into a second pit stop.

"I needed this pole".

"Of course I would have rather won the race, but the team did a really good job today and their decision secured this 1-2 for us". That happiness and that uplift from inside that I have that feeling. "This weekend, we got ourselves on the right path".

His usual one lap prowess had been eclipsed by Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in the previous three and Baku was his first win of the season.

"I believe it is about having a auto that does what you want, drives like you expect it to drive", he said. "I don't understand why they worked in Australia and haven't worked ever since and today we have them working".

Hamilton said the Pirelli tyres were partly responsible. He foresaw an "interesting race" on Sunday.

"I said that I wanted to win in the way that I won and I guess, when I was coming across the line, I was just happy that I did it as I planned". His margin over teammate Bottas in the identical sister auto - 20.593secs - was scary for the rest.

Most teams brought significant updates to Spain, which marks the beginning of the European season in F1. However, the gap to pole position was still over 1.6s, underlining the task facing McLaren to return to the very front. "That said, I will sleep like a baby tonight". "Then they put in some belters at the end".

"It is definitely a great, great feeling and I think you could probably see form my energy when I got out the auto". The smoke generated from the excessively spinning tyres turned the Turn 3 into an invisible corner, one that drivers who followed Grosjean had to tackle not knowing that Haas was in the centre of the circuit.

Sebastian Vettel has said that he is concerned but not panicked after falling even further behind in the world championship battle in Spain. Red Bull was sat second and third after the initial runs of Q3, but once Ferrari had made its improvements it dropped to the third row.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth in the second Red Bull; Magnussen in the Haas in sixth; Renault's Carlos Sainz in seventh. It is very hard to undo the DNA of a auto and Monaco, Budapest and Singapore were all tracks where we under-performed.

Hulkenberg was the surprise casualty of the opening qualifying session.

Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso did not make it to qualifying because the team was not able to fix his vehicle after a crash in the final minutes of Saturday's practice.

The sport's governing body last week announced changes to the cars' front and rear wings and front brake ducts for the 2019 season. The rear end fell apart as the auto was being hoisted by a crane. We were going through the tyres quicker than the others, though obviously it looks different and looks wrong'. Raikkonen is also comfortable here, with a pair of wins to go with five podiums here.