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Hamilton wins Formula One Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona

16 May, 2018, 13:52 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had taken the previous three poles before Saturday and, while Hamilton regained the championship lead in Azerbaijan two weekends ago, Ferrari are ahead in the constructors' standings.

"It is definitely a great, great feeling and I think you could probably see from my energy when I got out the vehicle".

One of the leading lights of last year's championship, Esteban Ocon has yet replicate his 2017 form and continues to drop further behind his team-mate Sergio Perez.

In recording a strong finish for Red Bull, Verstappen rounded off a good weekend. This question topped the list of most repeated questions to Vettel post-race!

The race leader had to navigate multiple virtual safety auto periods during the race, as well as a full safety vehicle deployed for an opening lap crash caused by Romain Grosjean who had spun in Turn 3.

Verstappen was able to comfortably keep Vettel at bay in spite of the damage to mount the rostrum for the first time in 2018, behind Hamilton and Bottas, who celebrated Mercedes' first 1-2 of 2018.

"But then of course there's always a part of me not happy being second because I want to win races - but it's still a long year ahead and, I'm a racer but I'm also a team player". It is impossible for anyone to perform at a consistently high level across the entire season, and with the Ferraris gaining solid ground, this season is set up to be a thriller as Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel go in search of that illustrious fifth world title.

Lewis Hamilton eventually won the Grand Prix by a margin of over 20 seconds, highlighting the gulf between the two drivers this weekend. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +26.873, 4.

But Ferrari's misjudgement saw Max Verstappen take advantage - despite an earlier coming together with Lance Stroll (him again) resulting in a virtual safety auto - to take his first podium of 2018 for Red Bull.

The race started in chaotic fashion as Romain Grosjean lost control of his Haas-Ferrari and while spinning and smoking his tyres, spun into the path of Renault F1's Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso-Honda's Pierre Gasly. "Kimi (Raikkonen) had an issue with the engine yesterday, had to change the engine today and obviously retired in the race". Kevin Magnussen (Haas): +1 lap 7. To tell you the truth, It wasn't the most nail-biting race except for the first lap.

Fernando Alonso followed his compatriot home to take more points for McLaren in eighth place, having eventually worked his way past fast-starting Charles Leclerc at the post-VSC restart.

Bottas was a tenth of a second faster in the morning session than Hamilton's afternoon time at the 4.6-kilometre track outside Barcelona.

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