But F1 fans would be wise not to jump the gun, because at the Spanish Grand Prix Ferrari faces the sternest test of its title mettle to date.
MADRID (AP) - It's been a while since there's been this kind of excitement early on in a Formula One season.
Ricciardo and Verstappen, the latter a sensational maiden victor in Barcelona a year ago, might have to wait a little longer to make a lunge at the race lead, however, with engine supplier Renault delaying its latest power unit specification until July due to reliability concerns.
Hamilton was 0.09 seconds quicker than his team-mate but 0.310secs clear of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who was 0.118secs ahead of Sebastian Vettel.
Ferrari have won 226 races, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 66 and Red Bull 52.
When asked specifically about Mercedes' early pace, he said: "I don't know what Mercedes was up to".
"If you have another team that is fighting for the championship and you have a driver that is more than 20 points behind, he will need to do the same".
As the teams begin to prepare for the Circuit de Catalunya, we take a look at the talk in the paddock.
They were a second quicker than the Ferraris of Raikkonen and Vettel who were third and fourth.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen, last year's victor in Spain on his team debut, was fifth fastest ahead of Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo. "But we will see in Barcelona".
Hamilton added to his reputation as one of the most eccentric characters of F1 by bringing Roscoe, one of his two bulldogs, to the packed pre-race news conference on Thursday.
That will surely change, with the flow of upgrades set to speed up now that teams are closer to their factories, and Red Bull have some big chassis modifications in the pipeline with engine improvements still to come.
The track, located close to the city of Barcelona, is one of the venues used as a pre-season test circuit, so all of the teams already have experience and data of their 2017 specification cars on the track. "It's a good feeling for everyone when these upgrades work".
Wolff said Mercedes had to face this new scenario after dominating for three seasons.
However, McLaren team chief Eric Boullier is adamant all is not lost, saying: "We have to be the best ourselves before we see the global picture. If you look race by race, and overall, they've been dominant and it's hard to beat that, but we're doing our best".
Hamilton arrived in Spain determined to make amends for a poor weekend two weeks ago in Russian Federation, where he finished fourth and Bottas won.
"We expected Valtteri to develop through every single race and step up his performance and he's shown that", Wolff said.
"I'm really excited about returning to Barcelona", said Alonso, who last week spent time in the United States testing for the Indy 500.
Ghuggi said the AAP's leadership in Delhi did not care to visit Punjab even once after the party lost the state polls. Waraich has also refused AAP's offer to be a member of party's Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
It wasn't quite as spectacular as the one against RCB and didn't last as long either, but, once again, it was quite effective. Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in Mohali in what was a must win game for the hosts.
With online piracy at its peak in India, it's quite natural to find many websites who offer Baahubali 2 free movie download. It's official, SS Rajamouli's Baahubali 2 is the first Indian film to gross more than 1000cr at the worldwide box office.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to protecting Turkey at a meeting Thursday, May 11. Earlier this week, the Trump administration said it would arm the Kurdish elements of the SDF.
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The borders of the 365 square kilometer (141 square mile) autonomous zone have effectively been sealed the majority of the time. It's bad enough that Hamas lies to the world. "Your freedom is a national duty and your dignity is our dignity", Hamiyeh said.
People are trying to identify a mysterious sea creature, but this time it's a long, long way from Scotland's Loch Ness. Since its discovery, locals have been at odds as to whether it's a giant squid of the remains of a whale.
According to the editorial, 330,000 troops participated in this year's "all-out war" rehearsals for the invasion of North Korea. Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is the country's only for-profit educational institution, Bloomberg reported .
The Miz berated Ambrose as he made his way down to the ring, saying that anyone else would have been better than Ambrose. With a forearm to the face of James thanks to all of the ringside shenanigans, Bliss is still champ.
Police say one of the nine people was a 61-year-old man killed in August 2015 whom Saucedo knew through his mother. Nine people were killed and two injured in the shootings, which began in west Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood.
In Concord, activists have scheduled a May Day rally and march to begin at 4 p.m.at Meadow Homes Park at 1351 Detroit Ave. Brenda Enriquez says she's participating in a protest for the first time because "Trump is threatening to kick us out".
Boston outscored Chicago 29-16 in the final frame, and they're now in position to close out the series on the road in Chicago. There are also Over/Under, Point Spread and live in play markets that will be posted interactively throughout the game.
10 great white sharks spotted off coast of Long Beach
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Nebraska down to one ACA insurer
The White House has assured lawmakers it will continue paying the subsidies, but it has offered no long-term guarantee. Executives also indicated during the insurer's first-quarter earnings call that there could be more exits coming.
Buying support buoys equity markets
In terms of the broader markets, the S&P BSE mid-cap index rose by 0.50 per cent while the small-cap index was up 0.70 per cent. The BSE Sensex rose more than 1 percent on Thursday to its highest close in a month as stocks of blue chip companies such as.
Futures rise as risk-on sentiment improves
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.23-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.22-to-1 ratio favored decliners. The last time the VIX touched a level this low, it was 1993 and Sleepless in Seattle was about to hit movie house marquees.
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He said: "The residential camps of security forces should be well-equipped with power and water facility and better connectivity". The meeting comes a fortnight after 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.