Drivers call for F1 to start listening

Drivers call for F1 to start listening

Lewis Hamilton ended Sebastian Vettel's run of pole positions by claiming top spot for the Spanish Grand Prix, while his Ferrari rival had to settle for third.

"The team has been working so hard in the last weeks to improve our performance so I must say a big thank you to everybody here and back at the factory", Hamilton declared. "And they are in the front, so can you imagine at the back", he said.

Hamilton leads the championship after inheriting a fortuitous victory in Azerbaijan, but admitted heading into the Spanish GP weekend that he felt he had been "punching below my weight".

"If we happen to this weekend have got on top of the issues that we have with the vehicle, and we start to be more consistent, then I think we'll be a lot happier, because then I'll know that I can continue to punch either at my weight, or a little bit above my weight".

"In all honesty I have zero comfortability", he said when asked about being leader.

Hamilton managed to beat Bottas by just four hundredths of a second, but the Ferraris - so strong so far this year - couldn't get close and Vettel will start in third with Raikkonen alongside in fourth, with the Red Bulls of Verstappen and Ricciardo filling the third row. "Cherry-picking invariably never works", the Red Bull boss added.

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"But it took everything from us to get this result, and to get a one-two in qualifying is fantastic".

Kubica finished with the second-to-last time in the first session, in front of teammate Lance Stroll. We saw that in testing and we saw it both yesterday and today.

"And now we want to make them slower again? You need to have a good start to keep your position, you need to have a great start to make positions up", he said. Renault managed to turn his vehicle around in time to attempt a final run, but he finished the session 16th - just 0.04s slower than Stoffel Vandoorne. The two title favourites said they would have liked to have been consulted about the "comical" proposals, which are meant to encourage more overtaking. "Hats off to Mercedes but I think tomorrow will be a close race". P3 is not a bad place to start from. So I feel that if we understand that something is going wrong we should try to find a solution.

For as long as we can remember we have questioned the exact role of the Grand Prix Drivers" Association, the so-called "drivers' union'.

"At the moment we're capitalising on lots of the surrounding circumstances that hinder the outcome of the race, for example the last one [in Baku], but also people making mistakes". I think it's the same as always.