Lewis Hamilton got his season back on track in Barcelona this weekend with a victory at Catalunya to put him back in charge of the title race.
On a sunny day in Catalunya, with all three leading teams unveiling new extras to their cars, with Red Bull's the most dramatic, Mercedes proved the strongest in both qualifying and during the race.
In truth, this was a race that Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari threw away. Having qualified second on the grid, Vettel got off to a great start and managed to pip Hamilton to the opening corner to take the lead. He sped off within a few laps and created a strong lead ahead of the pack before a Virtual Safety Car halted his progress.
His teammate Kimi Raikkonen out of the race, and the VSC cutting his pit-stop advantage, his team took a gamble and pulled him in straight away. However, underestimating the impact of VSC, Vettel emerged just ahead of Hamilton, the latter being on fresher tyres. It didn't take long for Hamilton to take advantage of the better grip, and usurped the German within four laps. Post race, Vettel acknowledged Hamilton's superior speed and stronger tyres in the podium room.
From there, it was plain sailing for Hamilton. He's done it countless times and so this was his bread and butter, steering a car home safely. In clear air, this Mercedes seems to be the best car on the grid. However, when chasing down opponents, it can often fall short of the Ferrari, and that's where they have encountered trouble this season.
With the European season well underway, the Mercedes and Ferrari have pulled away from the rest of the pack at a startling pace. They finished over a minute ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in P3.
Next up is Monaco, a track that can throw up all sorts of surprises. Mercedes' superior downforce means they should be favourites, however Ferrari are masters of tyre wear this season which could come in crucial.