Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

F1 Raceweek: Hamilton primed to extend championship lead?

F1 Raceweek: Hamilton primed to extend championship lead?

On Friday, Red Bull's Christian Horner qualified the aero tweaks to the regs, which include a wider simpler front wing, as "rushed and immature", while the changes will also slow the cars by as much as 1.5 seconds according to Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA's head of technical matters.

Raikkonen conceded the supersoft tyres, which have given teams a headache this weekend, continued to pose a challenge for Ferrari, and he highlighted the thinner tread being used this weekend as a possible factor.

Sebastian Vettel, who trails Hamilton by four points in the drivers' standings, kept Ferrari close in the morning session, but Red Bull was the main challenger to Mercedes in the afternoon.

"It was a very close qualifying session and it took everything we've got to take pole".

"They have been changed a bit, the tyres, for whatever reason". The auto was fine and we didn't have much to do.

"I find it a bit comical". "We can still work on the auto and we should be stronger tomorrow". "Obviously overtaking here is hard but nevertheless, I think it could be an exciting race". We are not engineers but in the end of the day we are the ones that know what's going on in a racing situation, so fore sure, we should be, I guess, consulted about it. 2017 onwards, the cars have become much faster and much wider, but this had made the cars hard to overtake on the circuit.

"I don't think it's particularly". "I didn't think that way but when I got back to the factory and they showed me the race traces, I actually had really good pace through the race".

"I do respect (the drivers) and know how busy they can be".

"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 previous year even though they went softer. We'll try to make a good start and see how the race pans out".

"The regulations have been rushed through, a lot of them are in conflict with existing regulations, so there's going to be a meeting on Sunday to tidy it up, whether that's achievable or not". "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". I think that lap could have been our best time but we still wouldn't have made the top three, perhaps fourth was achievable but fifth is not too bad.

Most teams brought significant updates to their cars as F1 returned to Europe after races in Australia, Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan.

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