"So, I truly believe it's the best pairing in terms of that respect, in terms of how we deliver each weekend more than any other team has ever had or now has".
Hamilton explained also that there were "things that happened in the background that you won't know about".
"The last four races, on average, we were not quite there so I think we are not the favourites going to Barcelona", said Vettel, victor with Red Bull in 2011, after finishing third in Azerbaijan. Rather it has been in understanding how to put their cars in the sweet spot of the Pirelli tyres' operating window and keeping them there, particularly through low-speed corners.
"The first races clearly did not meet our ambitions, but we remain confident that we have all the necessary assets to be a credible contender for the championship", Camilleri said at the unveiling of the luxury auto manufacturer's better-than-expected quarterly results.
"If I take myself out of the Mercedes and group standpoint, of course as a fan you want variability and unpredictability", he said.
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We made such big steps. "As long as Manchester City are around with their financial power, no team will pass them easily", Klopp said.
"The updates we brought here to Barcelona, both on the aero front and on the engine, worked well and we are more than pleased with them, but they proved to be insufficient", said Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto. "But we will see tomorrow in qualifying when Ferrari turns its new power unit up". "That always helps", he said. "But I made a nice little overtake on him, which I later found out was not shown at all on TV, but that's how it is at the moment!" "But I think that the gap is not so big and the points of the results are not reflecting the true potential of the cars".
Looking at the available tyre compounds, it is clear Mercedes is angling towards a one-stop as it has no fresh soft tyres left in its selection and a fresh set of hards. Verstappen was just under one-tenth of a second slower than Vettel in qualifying, the closest the two have been separated on Saturday all season. But then there is never one question and one answer in Formula 1, or a silver bullet that justifies good or bad performance.
Renault, and to a lesser extent McLaren, looked like the pick of the bunch from the midfield teams on long runs.
Daniel Ricciardo in action. Ricciardo was the only one of the Renault-supplied drivers using the French manufacturer's updated power unit, which is created to improve reliability to allow drivers to run in higher engine modes for longer.
The British rookie, 19, has scored double the points of his teammate Carlos Sainz after the opening four rounds.