Hamilton has designs on Miami layout

Hamilton has designs on Miami layout

Hamilton was poised for third in Azerbaijan but the late drama - in which he took the lead when Valtteri Bottas had a puncture - handed him victory, and Sebastian Vettel's drop to fourth ensured the Mercedes driver took the points lead.

But Hamilton is under no illusions about the precariousness of his position at the summit having struggled to keep pace with Vettel and Ferrari since the season-opening Australian GP.

I see Sebastian Vettel as the favorite for the F1 World Championship despite Lewis Hamilton now leading the drivers standings. But when asked if that was a source of comfort, he replied: "I have zero comfortability".

"I don't get why, for example, in golf, all the great golfers design golf courses", the Briton, victor of 63 races and four world championships, told reporters.

"At the moment we are capitalising on surrounding circumstances that have hindered the outcome of a race".

"We have been capitalising on circumstances like the outcome of the last race so I will take it for now, but in the long term the team can not continue to rely on that".

Hamilton is hopeful Mercedes can unlock some more pace in Barcelona, a track where teams traditionally introduce a host of updates to their cars.

"We need ultimate performance and confidence in the vehicle".

Ferrari, on the other hand, have seemingly encountered few difficulties dialling in their 2018 vehicle and Vettel was this week identified as the championship favourite by Sky F1 pundit Damon Hill.

Pole matters because only three of the last 17 races at the Circuit de Catalunya, albeit also three of the last seven, have been won from anywhere else on the grid. "I dread the thought of a street circuit like we had in Valencia, which wasn't a great street circuit". "We have been very competitive and have had a chance to fight for the win in most of the races".

"It's like a moving target which we are struggling to steady".

"We are constantly working on a solution".

"I'm pushing with this great team to turn this auto into the best vehicle".

"I've got the pace within me, the auto has got the pace within it but we're not unlocking it. we've definitely got to improve in lots of areas". "But we left testing with a good set-up and that should help us". The longest gap between two wins in F1 history is 99, set by Riccardo Patrese.

"There are so many races to go that it's pointless to talk about the fight for the championship", he cautioned.

Overtaking is hard in Barcelona and more so in Monte Carlo, making track position Key for a good race result.

"It's pretty straightforward for a long time".

Mercedes was the team to beat the last few years but has endured a tough challenge from Ferrari and Red Bull this season.

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