Vettel: I did Lewis a favour


Having hoped to see a Ferrari renaissance at the Circuit de Catalunya, where they were so dominant in pre-season testing, Hamilton was disappointed again at their lack of pace, which, nearly incredibly, prompted paddock talk of the Silver Arrows winning all 21 races.

Ferrari endured a disappointing weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya, where it failed to score a podium despite arriving in Spain with an earlier-than-planned engine upgrade.

Verstappen took advantage of the joisting to slip by Vettel and into third, a result that moved the Belgian into a distant third place in the standings. After a few laps and a number of close shaves between the pair into Turn 1, Ferrari eventually did the sensible thing and asked Leclerc to let Vettel past on lap 37.

"It's just not as much fun, for sure, as when you are competing against another team".

"The team have spoken a bit and Valtteri and I have spoken a bit, I think we have the best pairing on the grid in terms of the respect we have". Compounding the team's lack of race performance was another messy set of team orders to dictate the running order of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc during the race. One wonders how long the entente cordialecan last.

He won the "Driver of the Day" award but for the moment that's all Max Verstappen looks like winning, which is a shame.

The defending five-time world champion said the message from Harry Shaw, who is battling Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, helped him defeat Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas who beat him to pole in a "nightmare" qualifying session on Saturday. "I feel better and better in the vehicle, so I look forward to tomorrow". "I will try to make you proud", Hamilton posted on his Instagram page.

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Pierre Gasly was a solid sixth in the second Red Bull ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas, home hero Carlos Sainz of McLaren, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean in the second Haas. He went on to claim the victory, which moved him back into the lead of the F1 world championship after five races of 21.

"It's the most iconic, historic Formula One brand out there and I totally respect if a driver has the desire to drive at Ferrari".

"We all enjoyed Liverpool coming back strong as they did and Spurs making it against all odds".

Given his teammate Nico Hulkenberg qualified 16 and finished 13, it was a race to forget for Renault.

The good news, said the Italian, is that the vehicle and engine upgrades all worked.

"People watching might be unhappy with the gap we have to the Ferraris".