The Briton went on to miss out on the podium in four of the next six outings before eventually hitting his stride fully at Spa - a race that marked the beginning of a title-clinching run of five wins in six.
He had won in Bahrain and in the season-opener in Australia, when he wasn't as dominant as Hamilton but took advantage of a safety vehicle to win on race strategy. Mercedes and Hamilton's return to form means the reigning champions are "back in business" for 2018, says Sky Sports, but can they they win in Monaco?
After the fourth GP of the season Hamilton has 95 points and Vettel 78.
Lewis Hamilton says he used his winning drive at the Spanish Grand Prix as a "test bench" as he found his Mercedes to his liking for the first time since Australia and wanted to fully explore the car's potential.
"I think there's been quite mixed races and the end results haven't been really I feel sometimes quite there, that I feel would have been possible with the pace we have", he added. Quoted by the Daily Mail, the German said: "There were three things this weekend".
He suggested post-race that the new tyres - which will also feature at Paul Ricard and Silverstone - "maybe suited others better than us". The tyres changed and maybe that suited others better than us.
Round we go Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo
The team confirmed their job sheet included data collection in order to correlate performance between the wind tunnel and track after recent vehicle improvements, set-up work, plus focus on engine development.
"Finalising a contract is something that you need to involve yourself in and spend time, and we both decided we'd park it for a minute where we were. But it's nearly all sorted and we'll pick it up at the right time", added the Austrian.
Meanwhile, despite Hamilton being confirmed for the 2019 season, there remains a question mark on his teammate for next season. He took the pole position for the race and paced the entire field, including his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished more 20 seconds to the rear of him.
Hamilton had the sixth fastest time and put in the most work of any driver with 151 laps in his Mercedes.
But Wolff denied this, though, saying: "I was not translated correctly". I think that showed in my face [as he celebrated after]. And now we want to make them slower again.
Hamilton was subdued, nearly embarrassed, after inheriting the win in Baku two weeks ago, but Sunday's Spanish stroll owed nothing to luck, and everything to searing, relentless speed that should make the rest of the field very nervous.
"We've had a very good day with Lewis without any real issues on the vehicle", added Andrew Shovlin.
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