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F1: Hamilton on pole as Mercedes lock out Spanish GP front row

14 May 2018, 05:57 | Nina Perez

GETTYSebastian Vettel has outlined his plan to beat Lewis Hamilton to the world championship

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Sebastian Vettel has hit out at the aerodynamic changes set to debut in formula one next year.

Hamilton lapped the circuit in 1.16.173s, 0.040s faster than his teammate, as the top three drivers were split by less than two-tenths of a second. "I didn't have much to lose so I thought I'd try".

Asked why Mercedes, which so far this season has struggled on Pirelli's softest compounds, found more performance than Ferrari on the super-soft, Vettel said: "I think it's pretty straightforward, the tyres are different".

"You're constantly arriving at each corner and the wind direction is never the same, so we saw lots of drivers going off", Hamilton said.

"Hopefully after the race we are faster than the others". "Sebastian was just saying about the. what year was it?" The teams spend a lot of time testing here in pre-season, so they know it better than the backs of their hands.

"It's incredible the technology we have and what we're doing with it", Hamilton continued. "We'll try to make a good start and see how the race pans out". In my personal opinion.

The 2019 changes are created to allow cars to follow each other more easily by simplifying front and rear wings, opening up more overtaking opportunities. "We all say we want to have a better sport, a better show, so let's do something".

"I'm not trying to be amusing, but I genuinely have no idea what they are doing or what they've changed or what they've decided", Ricciardo said. With the laps we put in I thought we would be more like a couple of tenths from pole, not six or seven, as our auto didn't feel too bad which is a little frustrating.

It was a very close qualifying and you could see all weekend that Ferrari were clearly sand-bagging because they knew they had a quick auto, but it took everything from us to get this result and to get the 1-2 in qualifying is fantastic for the team.

"Is it the same people making the decisions every time, the same group, making the decision every time the rules go. not necessarily the best?" said Hamilton. Obviously we had the change for everyone but I think they are a bit harder, so for me it was pretty straightforward as I said because I was happier with the vehicle with that tyre.

"It is a constant learning process but these tires they seem to have a small working window whether they give us more rubber or less rubber they appear to be a lot harder than past year even though they went softer".

"In terms of race pace we should all be the same", he explained "I don't think you can make out a favourite". And their limitations to overtake. "We really tried to continue to understand and be open-minded, it is easy for us to get stuck in our ways, and we definitely let loose and be open-minded to try to improve which is great".

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