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Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton wins to increase F1 title lead

14 May 2018
Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton wins to increase F1 title lead

Red Bull's Max Verstappen repeated Hamilton's complaint of rain around Turn 12 on lap 24, before dodging Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen, whose power loss replicated that endured by the Finn on Saturday, ending his race-much to the chagrin of his biggest fan, who was a special guest of the Scuderia for this Grand Prix.

Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished second ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Vettel having to settle for fourth after being forced into a second pit stop.

Bottas backed up Hamilton, taking second place from Sebastian Vettel when the Ferrari driver made a second pit stop during the Virtual Safety Car period.

Grosjean spun during every single session across the whole weekendDriver of the day It's tempting to say Hamilton for his supreme drive but Alonso gets it for his stunning move on Ocon, passing Leclerc and again salvaging points from a hard first-lap position. "The best ones are sensitive and fragile", he said.

In fifth place behind Vettel was Red Bull-Renault's Daniel Ricciardo, who had a pretty anonymous race after being the centre point in two of the most exciting F1 races in recent memory in China and Azerbaijan. "This is a good way to start the weekend". I know it sounds weird but today is the closest I think I've been but there are still areas that weren't quite ideal.

"Feels nice to be on the podium and nice to have a good clean race", said Verstappen.

Hamilton echoed the optimism coming from Wolff. "Today the auto and myself, I felt that synergy today, which I haven't felt this year". This is when we are going to start trying to apply the pressure. It's early to say but I hope it can be part of a turning point.

Later in the race, Verstappen was running fourth when he clipped his front wing on a Williams under the virtual safety vehicle, but the damage was not significant and he didn't have to make an extra stop.

"It was straightforward [to go back to softs] because I had such a good feeling in Q2", he added. "I don't know how it looked but it felt special, it felt strong".

Lewis Hamilton left everyone in the dust with a crushing win.

Stewards gave him two penalty points and imposed a three-place grid drop for the next race in Monaco. While recovering, he failed to realise that there were still cars around him. The safety yielded control of the race to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the end of lap six, but pursuing Vettel stumbled, losing a chance to attack Hamilton on the pit straight. 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.

Mercedes held firm to their one-stop plan. Not did we have a disadvantage here, was that the case, was this the case, did the Safety Car help or not?

Wolff sympathised with his rivals at the Scuderia. Therefore we were not able to stay out for another 25 laps. "It worked out for Ricciardo and Verstappen in Shanghai and this is probably what they were thinking and I fully understand why they did it".