Sebastian Vettel has said Mercedes should not be criticised for its dominance of F1 following another comfortable one-two finish in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished 0.6s apart in Barcelona, but were nearly 50 seconds clear of third-placed Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel finished fourth that trio as Red Bull demonstrated pace which clearly marks it out as the second quickest team - albeit well adrift of Mercedes - and he was keen to praise the early pace-setters for their current position.

"Daniel drove a good race today and I think, from a team point of view, third and fourth is what we could get today," Vettel said. "Mercedes is very strong - they have a phenomenal engine, two very good drivers, a very good car, and a very good team, they're doing a good job so it would be wrong to complain and moan about how dominant they are - they worked better than everyone else in the winter and deserve to be in that position.

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"Hopefully, from our point of view, rather sooner than later we'll give them a hard time - that's our motivation. I hope that in time we can catch up, and as I said start giving them a run for their money."

Reflecting on his own charge through the field, Vettel said it had taken a while for him to realise he had the pace to get as high as fourth.

"All in all I think that was the best that we could do today. The start was not so great and I lost a place, but then I was able to get it back towards the end of the lap; it's always tricky when you are further back.

"It was a very busy first lap. I was then sort of stuck in the train, so I couldn't really feel how far we could go today and how quick we were, but once we came in I was on the harder tyre and was able to stick with the people in front and even catch them a little bit. I think we realised that the pace was there and after that we had two fresh sets of tyres from yesterday, so we could go even further up the road! I enjoyed it a lot and I think fourth was the best we could do today."