The Mercedes team won the Azerbaijan Grand prix with Lewis Hamilton and is ready to tackle the next challenge – the race in Spain. Catalunya is a circuit everybody knows well but still the Formula 1 round there is not an easy one.
“After an exciting start to 2018, we’re now heading into the European season with races like Spain and Monaco that present very different challenges than some of the previous tracks. Overtaking is difficult in Barcelona and even more so in Monte Carlo, making track position key for a good race result. So every team will work hard to get every last bit of performance out of the car in qualifying”, Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff commented.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 8, 2018
“The European season is also the time when teams start introducing bigger upgrades to their cars. It’s the first step of the development race that looks like it could run to the very end of the season. It will be interesting to see how much performance the teams can find with their upgrades and what impact those upgrades will have on the team ranking – both at the front and in the midfield.”
Mercedes hopes for a good race in Spain but knows it will be tough
“Barcelona holds mixed memories for us – a double DNF in 2016, but also a dramatic win for Lewis last year after passing [Sebastian] Vettel on track for the lead. We’re hoping that this year’s Spanish Grand Prix will be a good race for us, but we know that it will be tough. The first four races indicate very strongly that we will see the three-way battle continue and – if anything – intensify.”
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) May 7, 2018