Lewis Hamilton confessed he "doesn't always get along" with his Mercedes but was elated after guiding it to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Reigning Formula 1® champion Hamilton overtook pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas into turn one and led until the finish, regaining the lead in the drivers' standings from his team-mate.
Bottas took second ahead of Max Verstappen as Mercedes' dominance this season continued with a record-tying fifth one-two in succession.
"I have to put it down to this incredible team. This is history in the making to have five one-twos - I'm proud of that and proud of everyone's hard work," Hamilton said after sealing maximum points by securing the fastest-lap bonus for the first time this year.
"It's been a hard first four races. It's a great car but we don't always get along. I'm grateful in the race we managed to settle our differences.
"It was an interesting start - it was close, I saw the red car go around the back of both Valtteri and I, so I had no idea if they were further ahead, and I knew Valtteri would break super deep so I had to look out for that."
Taking the ! Feels just as good as the very first time! YES TEAM!! pic.twitter.com/uEGOJOnKEf
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Bottas was frustrated at failing to convert from pole position, where he started for the third straight race, and revealed he experienced a clutch problem at the start.
"It was pretty tight but I lost it at the start, there was strange behaviour on the clutch, it was releasing, biting, releasing, biting and I've not felt that before," said the Finn.
"As a team it's incredible, the fifth one-two in a row is really good. I got some points and that's important, every point will count, but I have to find out what happened at the start."
— Formula 1 (@F1) May 12, 2019
Verstappen said the Silver Arrows duo were "too quick" and when asked why he was stood next to one of the Mercedes in his post-race interview, he replied: "I'm just looking at it and seeing what's different to mine."