Hamilton brings the pain in Spain

Tanya Cunningham
May 14, 2018

In securing his second win of the 2018 campaign and his first back-to-back triumphs following his win in Baku, Hamilton proved that Azerbaijan wasn't just a flash in the pan, even if it could have been described an "inherited win".

The Briton's second successive win never looked in doubt after he blasted out of the blocks from pole position at the Circuit de Catalunya.

It also set a record, one that Hamilton had previously shared with seven times champion Michael Schumacher, of 41 wins from pole position.

"This is more like it, let's keep this up", said a delighted Hamilton after coming home 20 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Out of the cockpit, he continued the theme, adding: "Today I felt a synergy with the vehicle that I hadn't been feeling all year".

Having only managed second, third and fourth place finishes before he inherited the win in Baku, Hamilton has a four-point lead over Vettel but will be buoyed how his team have the auto performing as needed at the opening of the European season. Ferrari took the chance to fit new medium rubber to Vettel's vehicle but the stop was slow and he emerged behind Verstappen in fourth place, sacrificing track position that proved a costly miscalculation and costing him second place. But racing was immediately interrupted by the safety auto when Nico Hülkenberg and Pierre Gasly were collected by Romain Grosjean in the Haas who went off and spun back across the track through the third corner.

A happy Lewis Hamilton said the warmer weather in Catalonia, rather than a quantum leap in performance, was the main reason he and Mercedes won Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

Bottas completed Mercedes's first one-two finish of the year, albeit more than 20 seconds behind his imperious teammate. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen was able to hold off Vettel until the end.

Vettel explained that Ferrari had little option than to pit again, as the Prancing Horse simply could not use the tyres as efficiently as Mercedes and Red Bull. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault): +50.058s 6. 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. Fernando Alonso (McLaren) (all one lap); 9.

Force India driver Sergio Perez and Sauber's Charles Leclerc put in sterling performances to claim ninth and 10th positions respectively.

Shocker: Brendon Hartley's huge shunt in final practice meant he wasn't able to start qualifying. Hamilton 95 pts, 2. Meanwhile, Vettel made an early pit-stop on lap 17 in an attempt to prevent Bottas from jumping him in the pits.

Ferrari's day went from bad to worse when Kimi Raikkonen suffered an issue with the auto and pulled over. His 1:18.441 was more than three seconds faster than the previous record - a 1:21.670 - set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2008.

Red Bull chief Christian Horner told Sky F1: "I think we did everything we could strategically".

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