Lewis Hamilton took victory at yesterday’s Spanish GP, after a thrilling battle with championship leader Sebastian Vettel in the most entertaining of the season.
Sebastian Vettel made the jump at the start, and passed him at the start. Meanwhile, Bottas clipped Kimi Raikkonen at turn one, which led to both Verstappen and Raikkonen retiring from the race. Vettel made an early stop, and quickly got caught behind Bottas before making a fantastic move at turn one. Vettel built the gap up after passing Bottas. Vandoorne collided with Massa near the back of the pack, which caused the safety car to be deployed.
Mercedes made an inspired call with strategy by pitting at the end of the VSC, and after Vettel pitted, a once seven gap was gone. Hamilton tried around the outside at turn one but went off the track attempting the move. On lap 38, Bottas retired with engine problems. Hamilton eventually got pass Vettel on lap 44 to take the lead and held on the end of the race, winning by over three seconds from Vettel. Ricciardo had a quiet run to third, but was a long way behind the top two. Perez and Ocon both had a fantastic race, finishing 4th and 5th in their Force India.
Nico Hulkenberg was another driver who had a great run, finishing 6th after starting 13th in his Renault. Wehrlein finished a highly impressive 7th on the toad, after an inspired call from Sauber on strategy. However, he finished 8th after a penalty for failing to keep right of the pit lane bollard. Sainz therefore inherited 7th, but he struggled to get past the Sauber. Kvyat was 9th after starting 20th, but had some drama with Magnussen at turn four, with Magnussen getting a puncture. Romain Grosjean rounded out the points.
Ericsson finished 11th, just ahead of Fernando Alonso. Alonso was the star performer in qualifying, but had a difficult race. Massa was 13th, having been involved in incidents with both Alonso and Vandoorne. Magnussen finished 14th, while Palmer and Stroll both had another disappointing run to 15th and 16th respectively.
In the championship, Vettel’s lead is now only 6 points ahead of Hamilton. Bottas remains third, but is now 41 points behind. Kimi Raikkonen sits fourth, but he is now 55 points behind his teammate. Daniel Ricciardo leapfrogs up to 5th after his podium, overtaking his teammate.
Mercedes continue to lead the constructors, 8 points ahead of Ferrari. Red Bull are third, but are a distant 89 points away from Mercedes. Force India are fourth after another impressive performance. Toro Rosso have jumped up to fifth.