Vettel started well in Spain, making an outside pass on Bottas on the first turn. Vettel offered three reasons for Ferrari's lack of performance in Spain, the second one being that with Pirelli's tyres that have been changed for this race (and the next two - Monaco and Canada).
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"This is more like it", Hamilton said on the team radio. [Red Bull's] Daniel Ricciardo was much quicker in the final sector.
"I said that I wanted to come win the way that I won and when I was coming across the line I was just happy that I did as I planned to".
"As everyone knows, its extremely hard to overtake here and I could always put pressure on him when we needed - but you need such a big gap between the pace to get through".
Wolff said he was "worried" about Monaco, adding: "We have seen in the last years there were tracks that suited us well and some we weren't flawless". The safety yielded control of the race to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the end of lap six, but pursuing Vettel stumbled, losing a chance to attack Hamilton on the pit straight. It's also worth noting that all of the top ten apart from Alonso set their fastest Q2 time on the soft, meaning they will start the race on that tyre and aim for a one-stop strategy. "It's a good feeling".
With the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen already sidelined by its second engine problem of the weekend, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen profited from Vettel's delayed stop to claim his first podium of 2018. The 37-year-old was sitting behind Hamilton in second on lap 26 when he experienced trouble with the vehicle and was subsequently overtaken by both Red Bull drivers and fell into 17th.
On the fifth anniversary of his last victory in F1, Fernando Alonso ensured a McLaren vehicle progressed to the final phase of qualifying for the first time this year. It was only revealed post-race that one of the reasons for this huge gap was a spin after the Virtual Safety Car restart on cold tyres. Carlos Sainz Jr (Renault), 8. Sergio Perez (Force India), 10. Williams' Lance Stroll, who had more than a fair share of off-track excursions in the Free Practice sessions, finished approximately five seconds behind Leclerc in 11th place.
Pressure had been building on the Silver Arrows following a tricky start to the season - a miscalculation by the team cost Hamilton dear in Australia and he had to settle for third and fourth-place finishes in Bahrain and China respectively.
Grosjean, who struggled throughout the weekend and had crashed behind the safety auto in Azerbaijan, failed to stop his vehicle from spinning across the track on Turn 3 and Hulkenberg and Gasly could not avoid colliding with him. On Friday Mercedes also looked like the faster vehicle over long runs, holding a 0.9s per lap advantage over Ferrari and 0.6s over Red Bull.