Wolff: Ricciardo is a 'definite' option for Mercedes


Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton's future is "almost all sorted", admitting that discussions were put on the backburner while the team focused on vehicle performance. "The Red Bulls are really fast in the final sector and it's going to be really hard to beat them".

The Italian team won the first two races of the campaign with Red Bull winning the third in China.

Hamilton was never challenged on the way to his 41st win from pole position, surpassing a record he shared with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

Vettel finished fourth at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, extending his winless run to three races and seeing Lewis Hamilton increase his lead to 17 points in the drivers' championship.

The F1 bandwagon will roll into Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix on 27 May.

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"As I said it was good in terms of timing, coming from a poor weekend for us, we were not quick enough and more than not being quick enough we were struggling to make the tyres last - these things have a link - so it was good to have a possibility to revisit it and now it's up to us to take action". "Everything's going fine", Wolff told reporters during the Barcelona Grand Prix, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Valtteri Bottas believes his performances so far in 2018 have "more or less" met the targets he set himself prior to his second year with Mercedes. Everything is ok. We've just had other priorities in recent weeks.

"Why our vehicle doesn't like to be quick around the corners in Monaco, we haven't found out yet".

"Finalising a contract is something that you need to involve yourself in and spend time, and we both decided we'd park it for a minute where we were. But it's nearly all sorted and we'll pick it up at the right time", added the Austrian.

Wolff stated that the Australian would be on their shortlist for 2019 should they decide to look outside the current Mercedes set-up.

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After teams struggled with overheating on the resurfaced Barcelona track in the pre-season, Pirelli supplied a modified spec of rubber for the race event, reducing tread thickness by 0.4mm.

Valtteri Bottas was second, securing Mercedes' first one-two of the season.

There was also more track time for Robert Kubica, who followed his FP1 run for Williams with a full day of testing and completed almost two race distances.

"Now it's important to have feedback also on the feeling, the behaviour, this kind of stuff, and I am happy to know that Sebastian said that".

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are not done just yet.

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