Hamilton pips Bottas to top Spanish GP third practice

Kristopher Nichols
May 14, 2018

BC-CAR-F1-Drivers' Voice, 1st Ld-Writethru, 707 Drivers call for F1 to start listening to their opinionsAP Photo XLB167, XLB168, XLB151Eds: Updates with quotes Jean Todt defending FIA. "And they are in the front, so can you imagine at the back", he said.

Drivers are getting exhausted of having no voice in Formula One.

And Hamilton saluted the work of Mercedes engineers for helping to bolster his chances of overcoming Vettel this weekend with their upgrades to his W09.

Vettel was agreeing with a comment made by Barcelona poleman Lewis Hamilton, who was sat alongside the Ferrari driver in the post-qualifying press conference at the Spanish Grand Prix.

"It's like a moving target that we're struggling I guess to steady". 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. And their limitations to overtake.

"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".

Sebastian Vettel: "Overall, I think it was a smooth session". The Soft tires felt pretty good in Q2 so we chose to use them in my last run. It is a bit like cruising to America, and changing direction 100 times.

Hamilton wondered if it was the "same people, the same group, making the decision every time".

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Vettel agreed with Hamilton regarding the issue, finding the issue comical at best.

Lewis Hamilton has expressed his relief after clinging on to pole position for Sunday's Spanish GP. "Unfortunately very often there is a meeting and they don't come to the meeting". "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".

It is a sign of how well Hamilton is driving in Barcelona that fellow four-time champion Vettel, not far from his own best, still could not overhaul him.

"All the great golfers design golf courses, but no top racing drivers have ever designed a track", he said. "We will try our best".

Daniel Ricciardo was second and Max Verstappen third.

"In all honesty I have zero comfortability", he said when asked about being leader.

"Of course from winter it's impossible to compare, but in this race we have slightly different rear tyres. At least our opinions should be heard". "We still don't know what happened, but we'll figure it out".

Todt said that was also partly in response to driver complaints about how hard it was to overtake at some circuits.

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