Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton left everyone in the dust with a crushing win.

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix in a commanding Mercedes one-two on Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth, to 17 points.

The victory bodes well for Mercedes for the rest of the season as the performances in Barcelona - where most teams bring significant auto updates - usually set the tone for the rest of the races on the European portion of the calendar.

"I've not had pole for a while", Hamilton said. "Let's keep this up".

The stop moved Bottas back into second, and elevated Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen to third, with Vettel dropping to fourth after a slow stop. This was also Mercedes' first one-two of the campaign and sent them back on top.

"Today, the vehicle and myself, I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year", Hamilton said. I was feeling good.

Hamilton was never challenged on the way to his 41st win from pole position, surpassing a record he shared with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. This win was his 64th career victory and third in this circuit.

"I remember like it was yesterday sitting at home playing this computer game as Michael", Hamilton said. He has some serious records.

Hamilton also became the first F1 driver to finish in the points in 30 consecutive races. "This weekend, we got ourselves on the right path".

"It's a bit early to say, but I would like to hope it could be part of the turning point", he said.

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Ricciardo was fifth in Barcelona, ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas and the Spanish duo of Carlos Sainz of Renault and Fernando Alonso of McLaren. Ferrari was attempting to cover off Valtteri Bottas behind, who may have tried to undercut him by pitting earlier, but Vettel's early stop tied him to a one-stop for the rest of the race.

"The team have been working very hard to understand the tyres and how the vehicle works, so I think it all came together this weekend".

Vettel gave away his position when Ferrari made a decision to go for an extra stop and give the German driver fresher tires. When asked why Raikkonen was one-stopping and he was two-stopping, Vettel said it was down to the timing of the first pit stop. But staying out was not an option today.

"I think, as a team, this weekend we have been ideal, and we just need to continue like that and for me also the wins are going to come", Bottas said.

After making his pole position stick into turn one and waiting patiently during a six-lap period under the safety vehicle, Hamilton rapidly stretched his lead over championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who had overtaken Valtteri Bottas at the start. Vettel won in Australia and Bahrain, while Ricciardo was first in China and Hamilton triumphed in Azerbaijan.

A quick look at the race highlights from the Spanish GP.

The race leader had to navigate multiple virtual safety vehicle periods during the race, as well as a full safety auto deployed for an opening lap crash caused by Romain Grosjean who had spun in Turn 3. He had a spin shortly after the Ocon-induced virtual safety vehicle. But we still have improvements to make and performance to add to the vehicle. "I had no idea how the race was going to play out".

"It wasn't so comfortable as it looked because the race was good", Wolff said.

Soon it became just one Ferrari in the hunt for a podium finish as Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire with mechanical issues.

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