For sure we knew from the start that qualifying, where we qualified, we tried to do something different, I was happy to do that and I think the pace showed today that we were good.
The most exciting element is that Hamilton is still young enough at 33 to compete for more World Drivers' Championships and create more history.
Hamilton's win here followed his victory at last weekend's rain-soaked German Grand Prix, where he was handed victory after Vettel crashed late while leading. "Our auto has a big potential, so I feel relaxed, going on holiday, for the races to come".
However, Hamilton could not build on his extraordinary success in his first two seasons and finished either fourth or fifth in the following four seasons for McLaren.
But after being swept aside by the Mercedes juggernaut immediately after the summer break 12 months ago when the Merc was simply too quick and too reliable for the 2017 Ferrari, Vettel is pinning his hopes of landing a fifth title ahead of Hamilton on the speed superiority of this year's Ferrari. "We've got to try and catch them", said Hamilton of Ferrari's perceived pace advantage.
"It was, from my standpoint, the best race so far with Mercedes in the last three years", he added. It looked like Ferrari and Mercedes are neck and neck. Everybody knows that this year that Ferrari have the upper-hand pace-wise, but speed alone can not win titles.
After Bottas's early stop (to cover Raikkonen's) and Hamilton's stop on lap 25, the next stage of Vettel's race was all about the gap to Bottas.
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Hamilton's victory is another blow to Vettel, who has lost 32 points to his rival in the space of only eight days.
Vettel, who went on to finish second after surviving contact while passing the fading Bottas late on, admitted "something didn't go as we planned". It would have been close. He broke his front wing but Vettel somehow continued without damage or a puncture, keeping Raikkonen at bay in the process to finish a distant second behind Hamilton.
The other side of the Red Bull garage was less satisfied, with Max Verstappen's power unit giving up after five laps, triggering a complete dictionary of swearing from the Dutchman. I don't believe there's ever a moment that you've got your hands on the title or the trophy. A pit stop here costs around 21 seconds.
"The race went pretty quickly, we were pushing all the time". "Then, it is hard to foresee the traffic and knowing how well you go through it or not".
We are on equal terms and I trust the team 100% on that.
"We know that consistency is the key, scoring points, and I did myself no favours last week", said Vettel.
"And the worst that can happen is that you come in earlier, you gain the position and then you fall apart at the end".