However, Hamilton poured cold water on any hope of a Ferrari win by putting the hammer down and leaving Vettel in the dust while the German came under pressure from Bottas. Since then they have struggled, largely with optimising the tyre temperature operating window but in Barcelona it clicked perfectly, especially for Hamilton who finished 20 seconds up the road from his team-mate.
Yet Mercedes signed him to another one-year contract in September to remain with the team through the 2018 season. We've got some work to do overnight.
Toro Rosso'sPierre Gasly and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg were unsighted and could do little to avoid the Frenchman. Meanwhile, Sauber driver Charles Leclerc will start 14th tomorrow, sandwiched between the Force India cars with Esteban Ocon in 13th place and Sergio Perez in 15th.
"It felt that I had a lot more pace all through the race", he said.
The Frenchman lost control of his Haas auto at Turn 3 and continued to push on his accelerator as he spun. All three cars suffered heavy damage and the race was immediately brought under the control of the safety vehicle.
"We can improve, I know there's a little bit more in the vehicle and a little bit more in me if I get everything together".
New Zealander Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso was not among the runners following his huge accident at the end of final practice, which left the rear end of his vehicle wrecked after spinning into the barriers at high speed.
Vettel agreed, but then with the Saturday sweeties to come, he is never overly troubled by Friday's returns "It has been a tricky day with the tyres".
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Aishwarya is the ultimate boss lady at Cannes 2018 Day 2
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Uber Unveils Its Drone-Like Flying Taxi Prototype
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Lewis Hamilton takes pole in Spain
He said part of the problem is that many times "a lot of us drivers might agree but we know our teams won't agree". Sergio Perez had a mechanical issue with Force India and had to retire near the end of the second session.