Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix, takes 17-point lead over Vettel

Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix, takes 17-point lead over Vettel

Sunday's race will also be the first this year without a Ferrari on the front row. Looking to tomorrow, I think we will be strong on race pace.

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

"I am feeling really good in the vehicle at the moment".

"It is definitely a great, great feeling and I think you could probably see form my energy when I got out the auto". These guys have done such an wonderful job.

It was largely anticipated that most teams would attempt a one-stopper strategy (soft - medium) unless rain or a late-race Safety Car period was added to the mix - and that's how it turned out to be. The defending four-time world champion dominated from start to finish, save for a spell during the mid-race pit-stops, and clocked a series of record laps as he registered his second successive win. "We have had it in the past - in Shanghai, it was [a question of] trading track position for fresh tyres".

Though Bottas appeared comfortable in second place at the chequered flag, Toto Wolff admitted Mercedes were concerned after noticing blisters on his tyres in the last few laps. "I said that I wanted to come here and win the way that I won, and when I came across the line I was just happy that I did as I planned to. It looks different and it looks wrong, but from the inside I think it was the right thing to do". "The wins will come". Meanwhile, Max Verstappen was able to hold off Vettel until the end. It was only revealed post-race that one of the reasons for this huge gap was a spin after the Virtual Safety Car restart on cold tyres.

"The auto was working really well", he said.

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To finish a sorry afternoon for Ferrari, his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was pressured to retire, leaving Mercedes to take the lead within the constructors' championship with a 27-point benefit.

Verstappen's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo endured an odd race, the Australian seemingly unable to run with Verstappen during the middle stages of the race but managing to set fastest laps at the end. Unfortunately, Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly were the innocent victims.

Grosjean was attempting to drive around the outside of the bunched-up pack at turn three, but his Haas ran out of grip, and the Frenchman spun across the track and into the traffic.

All three retired on the spot, with Grosjean requiring precautionary medical checks due to the significance of forces in the crash. The upgrades on the McLaren are clear to see and he was just 0.045s off taking the "best of the rest" award (also known as seventh on the grid) from Kevin Magnussen in the Haas.

As on Friday, the champions were quickly in the groove and demonstrated more competitive speed than in practice at recent Grands Prix.

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