Lewis Hamilton's Spanish GP got off to a very difficult start, making contact with Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap of the race and suffering damage.
He plummeted to the very back of the grid, and even suggested that Mercedes retired the car, but was able to recover fantastically during the course of the 66 lap race.
Hamilton finished the race in a very strong P5, showing a combination of great tyre management and outright pace in the Mercedes W13.
Toto Wolff, however, believes Hamilton could have been in contention for the race win without his first lap incident:
"It's always the call when you basically lost the race. Decide the benefit of continuing. As a driver, you're thinking 'it can't be possible, I'm 50 seconds behind the leaders'. Still valuable mileage, his race pace was stunning. He would've raced for the win."
Mercedes lacked the raw pace of Ferrari or Red Bull, but the Silver Arrows will be pleased to have taken such a significant step forward in both qualifying and race trim.
Their major weakness this season has been proposing, but that was largely eliminated throughout the Spanish GP weekend. If they are able to maintain this momentum for the rest of the season, Mercedes have every reason to aim for more podiums this season.