Lewis Hamilton Shines Under Clouds To Win 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton Shines Under Clouds To Win 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton Shines Under Clouds To Win 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

After four races to open the Formula One season that have at times ebbed and flowed with a glorious unpredictability, it is not entirely surprising that it should be the sport's long-standing test track that should return a flawless and dominant processional victory for Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton converted his pole position into the lead while Vettel tucked in behind Bottas and used the slipstream to pass the Mercedes driver into Turn 1.

Hamilton was 20 seconds clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas while Max Verstappen fought his way onto the podium despite breaking his front wing after contact with Lance Stroll.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen retired near the halfway-point because of an apparent mechanical problem. 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. "I felt really comfortable in the vehicle". Mercedes reacted by accelerating Bottas, who pitted as a reaction the following lap, but a sluggish 3.9 second stop saw track position remain Vettel's, with both drivers behind Magnussen.

Ferrari's loss was Verstappen's gain, as he claimed his first trip to the podium in what has been a messy and controversial season so far.

Verstappen's stop nine laps later unleashed Hamilton and the Briton reeled off the remaining half of the race in a controlled fashion, to triumph at the Spanish Grand Prix for a third time. "I know that sounds weird but today is definitely I think the closest I've been".

"I needed this pole". "I would like to hope it could be part of the turning point".

The last two points were taken by Sergio Perez of Force India and Charles Leclerc of Sauber, after Perez passed the latter on Lap 60 and held on to the spot. The first of the leaders to do so, he is now on medium tyres and rejoins the race in seventh.


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.

Meanwhile, in the United States Australian Will Power took his first IndyCar victory of the year at the Indianapolis road circuit.

Grosjean, who struggled throughout the weekend, couldn't stop his vehicle from spinning across the track on Turn 3 and Hulkenberg and Gasly could not avoid colliding with him.

Both collided with the Haas and were forced out of the race, while the safety vehicle was deployed as the debris was cleared.

"I kept going. It was not bad".

Since the Spanish GP's addition to the F1 calendar in 1991, the race around the Catalunya circuit has only be won twice by a driver not starting on the first row - Alonso in 2013 after qualifying fifth, and one a prior occasion when a driver started in third place.

He dominated the grand prix from start to finish and celebrated the return of that "synergy" between him and the auto.

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