Mercedes chief anxious for Lewis Hamilton and unfavourable Monte Carlo track

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If Mercedes' dominance was more like what Formula One fans have gotten used to seeing from the Silver Arrows, then Hamilton's display on Sunday was also right up there with the best the Briton has produced on his way to four world championships.

Ricciardo is out of contract with Red Bull at the end of the season, but Wolff has indicated that the team are happy with their current driving pair.

As for his future, Mercedes have reported that Hamilton is on the verge of re-signing with the Brackley squad.

He has had some criticism too, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo - among those most likely to replace him - saying after Bahrain that he would have tried to pass Ferrari's race victor Sebastian Vettel rather than settling for second.

"I think we have the same tyres in France and Silverstone so it's important that we find an answer".

On the face of it, Lewis Hamilton not only won in Barcelona - his second victory on the trot - but thrashed the opposition, pulling the trousers down of not only his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, whom he beat by over twenty-seconds, but his title-rival Sebastian Vettel, too. "It's a good feeling".

Hamilton and the rest of Mercedes-AMG made their mark as early as qualifying. "It's very hard to undo the DNA of the vehicle and Monaco, Singapore and Budapest were all tracks where we underperformed and it's a great challenge for us to come back this year".

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"I felt like I had a lot more pace all through the race", he said. He has some serious records.

Defending champion Hamilton has had to be patient this season, waiting until the fourth race in Azerbaijan to register his first victory of the campaign. "The others are going to be hard to beat", he said.

He was gifted another opportunity when the Ferrari was forced to take a second stop late in the race, dropping Vettel back to fourth, but Bottas believes he had the pace to challenge Vettel on track.

"So that's why I'm only partly celebrating", he added. The Red Bull cars of Verstappen and Ricciardo kept out of trouble just behind them.

Haas' Kevin Magnussen was over 1.5 seconds down on Hamilton, finishing narrowly ahead of home favourite Fernando Alonso as McLaren enjoyed a more positive outing. The only glitch for Mercedes was when Sebastian Vettel managed to slipstream past Bottas for second place into turn 1. Sergio Perez finished in ninth place ahead of the Sauber of Charles Leclerc. He lost time in the pits and came back onto the track behind Verstappen, and was unable to make up the difference despite the newer tyres.

"People probably think it was an easy race and I was cruising but I wasn't cruising. But I wasn't", he said.

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