Toto Wolff reveals Mercedes have major worries ahead of Monaco Grand Prix

Toto Wolff reveals Mercedes have major worries ahead of Monaco Grand Prix

"But Mercedes have looked strong".

With Sunday's win, Hamilton opened up his lead over Vettel to 17-points in the overall standings. Shovlin paid tribute to the work behind the scenes in what has been a testing start to 2018 for the reigning world champions.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are not done just yet.

Ferrari and Red Bull are both hot on their heels and the battle between the 3 teams will be fierce.

Mercedes-AMG enjoyed a return to dominant form over the weekend at the 2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix and as a result secured a one-two victory, its first of the season.

As Bottas rejoined, Vettel was at full speed and even took the chance to overtake Magnussen before Turn One. However, a slight error at the stop ensured that Bottas rejoined behind the scrapping Vettel and Kevin Magnussen.

Hamilton and Mercedes have both frequently emphasised that neither party is looking elsewhere for 2019, though earlier suggestions that the situation would be wrapped up pre-season failed to materialise. We would then have a true qualifying tyre, which forces a short first stint in the race and, therefore, a two-stop strategy. But the German marque struggled previous year in Monaco, with Ferrari sweeping to a one-two finish. "We've had all the bosses here and there is not a single person in the team, or at least the hierarchy of the team, that has any concerns as far as I am aware".

Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche meanwhile, was among the bigwigs who watched Hamilton romp to glory from the team's garage on Sunday. Shovlin resumed to say that the Barcelona track suited Mercedes' package and suggested that the conditions "flattered" the W09's performance.

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"I was in a hard situation after the first stint because I was stuck behind Sebastian", he said.

That changed in Spain, as the Ferrari drivers struggled to get the best out of the tyres and struggled with wear. 'We have seen there are tracks which suit us well and some that we are not ideal at.

"However, the continued efforts of everyone in Brackley and Brixworth have played no small part in today's success".

After meeting with board members from Mercedes' parent company Daimler over the grand prix weekend, Hamilton insists a deal will be signed in the "near future".

"There are a lot of challenging races coming up and Monaco is a serious challenge", Hamilton said.

"Well, of course I wanted to fight for the win of the race today".

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.

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