Lewis Hamilton wants Mercedes pace improvement after Bahrain

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The four-times world champion, now seven points clear of Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton after winning two of the first three races, is enjoying his best start to a season since his dominant 2011 Red Bull campaign.

“It is, of course, hugely satisfying to be back on the top step of the podium, ” Sergio Marchionne said.

"He said at a certain stage that it wasn't about his pace in the auto and then he was catching up in a brilliant way but we haven't seen the real pace". “More importantly, however, we are now completely confident that our victory in Melbourne wasnt just a one-off and that we will be at the forefront of this world championship until the last (race).”.

"Being that it's often a warmer race, Ferrari is very good in hotter conditions". "We had a problem in the pitstop, Lewis had the five-second penalty, and Valtteri had too much pressure in his tyres". The 19-year-old Verstappen, who had driven so well from 16th place on the grid to finish third in China last weekend, climbed out and kicked the barriers in frustration. Hamilton lost a position to Vettel at the start, but his race really started to unravel when he received a five-second penalty for holding up Daniel Ricciardo in the pit lane under the Safety Car.

"I genuinely thought we had a chance to win", Ricciardo said. "And then in the second and third stint still the pace wasn't there and the vehicle didn't feel as it did yesterday, so we'll have to find out what the problem was".

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The highlight was arguably the save towards the end of the first leg where he simply held his arm out to block a Ronaldo rocket. With five Bundesliga games left they are eight points clear of second-placed RB Liepzig, seeking a fifth straight title.

"It was just over-steering all through the race, that's why the pace was slow", Mr. Bottas said. Every year my goal is to increase the number of awesome races so minimize how many dips you have through the year. Sainz was emerging from a pit stop and his Toro Rosso vehicle hit Stroll's Williams auto from the side on Lap 13, forcing both out of the race. Ferrari then had Vettel pit early on to put him on the super soft tires which ended up being the strong choice in the long run.

"It was my fault", said Hamilton.

Despite issuing team orders in Bahrain in Lewis Hamilton's favour, Toto Wolff insists Mercedes will give both drivers "equal opportunity" - at least at the start of the race. He also sat out his time penalty at this point. Up ahead, Vettel managed to steadily increase the gap over Bottas, gaining a lead of around six seconds by the time the race had reached the halfway mark.

"We don't like that, at all", team boss Toto Wolff said after Bottas twice obeyed radio instructions to let the faster Hamilton through to chase eventual victor and championship leader Vettel.