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Kristopher Love | 17 May, 2018, 02:16

On a productive day for the team, the Dutch driver worked through 148 laps on his way to the top of the timesheet, logging a best time of 1:17.528 on supersoft tyres in the final hour of the session. "Both Valtteri and Lewis have been on top form and the auto has been reliable and very fast".

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Mercedes got the commanding victory it had been seeking all season.

"I have an issue", he said on the radio with his characteristic understatement and matter-offact existentialism, and it was a technical concern that Ferrari could not diagnose.

It was the first time Mercedes showed the type of dominance many fans had grown used to seeing from the Silver Arrows in recent years. With AP Photos.Drivers are getting exhausted of having no voice in Formula One. "It's my 64th but feels special and unique".

"The day didn't quite go according to our plan, Valtteri lost a place to Vettel off the line and whilst he had good pace, it's very hard to overtake here and on tyres of the same age we couldn't get close to a passing position", Shovlin explained.

"But we know that this was a good circuit for us and the temperatures fell in our favor as well". "There is nothing we could have done differently today, but we need to try and keep pushing".

Sebastian Vettel, the four-times world champion, has been particularly scathing of the changes, which are created to increase overtaking opportunities, describing them as "comical" and "like cruising to America and changing direction 100 times".

The reigning champions went into Sunday's race at the Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona wondering where the ominous speed they had displayed at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix had gone. The street circuit demands setups that work well on slow corners, traditionally a strength for Ferrari and Red Bull.

He added: "If we were to look at others, Daniel is definitely among them".

In the end, the Ferrari's gamble would not pay off for Sebastian Vettel and likely cost him a podium finish.

Giovinazzi did not improve on his morning laptime, so ended up 0.068s behind Bottas with his time set on hypersofts and completed more laps than anyone with 148. Having left the track in second, Bottas rejoins the race running seventh. There's been no weekends that I've been really way off the pace, like there was a few previous year. 'Silverstone was the first grand prix and we would have liked to see the 1,000th go back to the first, ' Sean Bratches, F1's commercial chief said.

Bottas' late retirement in Baku handed Hamilton his first win of the season on a plate - a result that edged him ahead of Vettel in the drivers' standings for the first time this term - and he followed that up with Sunday's impressive performance. The team has a 27-point lead over Ferrari in the constructors' championship.

"We have some ideas, and now it's up to us to turn those ideas into reality".