'As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory here, my mind is already on Monaco, and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night past year'. Despite all the talk of updates, as usual the ultimate performance seems to come down to who can get the tricky Pirelli tyres to work best for them. "So, we need to stay calm and humble, because it can be a different ball game again next time round". At the start, he dropped a position to a quick-moving Sebastian Vettel and held in tow for the mid-section of the race.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "My mind is already on Monaco and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night a year ago". His existing contract expires at the end of this season but he is expected to extend his deal for at least one more year with the reigning four-time world champions. But on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton was in devastating form.
But Vettel struggled with tire wear and Ferrari made a decision to bring him in for an extra stop. However, Hamilton's pace in that opening stint was absolutely mighty.
The street track is also likely to suit the Red Bull chassis, while the thinner tyre tread which undermined Vettel's challenge in Spain, will be replaced by the rubber which his Ferrari mastered in the rounds before Barcelona. The Red Bull cars of Verstappen and Ricciardo kept out of trouble just behind them.
Pressure had been building on the Silver Arrows following a tricky start to the season - a miscalculation by the team cost Hamilton dear in Australia and he had to settle for third and fourth-place finishes in Bahrain and China respectively.More news: Kilauea Spews Boulders in 5-Mile-High Eruption
"I'm looking forward to Monaco". Verstappen finally got his first podium of the season and fulfilled his obvious speed and potential, which is good to see.
Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel leading the way, enjoyed a one-two in Monaco a year ago and, while the Italians may not be feeling quite so confident after the last three races, should go well there again.
Grosjean's spin that caused carnage on Lap 1 was the only bit of excitement of the Grand Prix. Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Torro Rosso's Pierre Gasly got collected in the wreck. It's the jewel in F1's crown, and Ferrari versus Mercedes versus Red Bull should be well and truly on.
In his 11-year F1 career, the 33-year old has only won this race twice, and finished in a lowly seventh place in the 2017 running despite qualifiying in 14th position. Lewis and Seb have been brilliant there in the past.
'There are a lot of challenging races coming up and Monaco is a serious challenge, ' Hamilton added. His 1:18.441 was more than three seconds faster than the previous record - a 1:21.670 - set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2008.