Spanish Grand Prix - Gallery

Spanish Grand Prix - Gallery

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the world championship standings to 17 points as he eased to victory in the 2018 Formula One Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton becomes the first driver since Michael Schumacher - who won the race four times in succession from 2001 to 2004 - to claim back-to-back victories in Barcelona. It was Hamilton's 64th career win, leaving him 27 behind Schumacher's record of 91 victories. He joined seven-time champion Schumacher and two-time champion Finn Mika Hakkinen as a three-time victor in Spain.

"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".

"I'm always on the worrying side and we'd been very good in winter testing here and when we went to Melbourne everybody said it was going to be an easy Mercedes one and then we had hard races so I think we were very good today but we need to stay calm and humble", Wolff said.

Coming off four straight titles in both the constructors' and drivers' championships, Mercedes had started the season by showing good pace in Australia, although it let victory escape thanks in part to an ill-timed safety auto that helped Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel earn the win in Melbourne.

Verstappen went from zero to hero, taking his first podium of the season after a frustrating weekend in Baku, while a spin under the virtual safety vehicle meant Daniel Ricciardo couldn't take advantage of Vettel's second stop.

The gap to Lewis Hamilton is now 17 points after Barcelona, although unlike in Baku the reason this time is that Mercedes was genuinely faster than Ferrari.

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Vettel, clearly stung by his car's lack of pace, made no attempt to play down the potential seriousness of Ferrari's experience.

In recording a strong finish for Red Bull, Verstappen rounded off a good weekend. Carlos Sainz Jr (Renault), 8. While all this was going on, Fernando Alonso had one eye on the sky but was reassured that there was no risk of rain.

Sergio Perez claimed two points for Force India, finishing ahead of Charles Leclerc who hung on to the final point after again showcasing his burgeoning talent for Sauber.

Verstappen then hit back of Sirotkin, but despite sustaining damage to his front wing, held off Vettel with relative ease. While Bottas and Verstappen followed Hamilton to the remaining steps on the podium, Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso-Honda creeped across the finish line with an apparent loss of power.

This was the kind of drive that will prompt speculation the reigning champion could be about to turn the screw in his pursuit of a fifth drivers' title. Hamilton 95 pts, 2. Vettel was left to fend off Bottas. It capped off a disappointing afternoon for Ferrari, who saw Kimi Raikkonen retire after suffering a loss of power with a brand new engine which had been fitted to his auto on Saturday morning.

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