Strategy, teamwork help Hamilton win Spanish GP over Vettel

"That is how racing should be", said a delighted Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen had been involved in a duel into the first corner and, with the extra speed, came across Bottas.

Hamilton and Vettel banged wheels after the Mercedes man emerged from the pits alongside the red auto.

On a day of Finns failing to finish, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen went out at the start after a collision with Red Bull's 2016 victor Max Verstappen. Bottas retired from the race on lap 39 due to a powertrain failure.

"Every hit of that ball, just one misplaced or (in) the net can mean the whole game". Vettel eventually got by, but by then Hamilton had clawed back a few valuable seconds. The removal of the auto took three crucial laps and Mercedes waited until the last moment of it to pit Hamilton - the VSC ended as he crossed the white line in the pits - to prevent Ferrari capitalising on the slower speeds by mirroring their call.

In an attempt to avoid being undercut by Mercedes, Vettel pitted on lap 15. But on faster tyres, Hamilton was able to battle past, claiming his 55th career win and moving to within six points of Vettel in the title race.

Reflecting on his wheel-to-wheel battle with Vettel, Hamilton added: "In the heat of the moment it is hard to know from the outside view what it is like".

Up front, Vettel was 2.2 seconds clear of Hamilton at the end of the an incident-fuelled opening lap, and that is how it remained as the two championship protagonists traded times.

The impact broke the front suspension of both cars.

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Daniel Ricciardo scored a first podium finish of the season, but the fact that the Red Bull was over a minute and a quarter behind the lead two drivers takes a bit of the shine away from the result.

A notable finish outside the points-scoring positions was Fernando Alonso whose McLaren-Honda allowed him to finish a race for the 1st time this year in 12th place.

Speaking to Sky F1, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said: "His race was pretty much gone after contact in Turn One".

The Force India duo of Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon were fourth and fifth, Nico Hülkenberg took his Renault to sixth, then came Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Pascal Wehrlein in the Sauber-Ferrari, Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Romain Grosjean in the Haas.

It was a battle which Hamilton would ultimately win.

"This is why I race and this is what got me into racing in the beginning". Nevertheless, the Spanish GP was the first race this season that he actually completed. That will also be the Indy 500 weekend where Mr. Alonso will be competing for McLaren-Honda-Andretti.

The jubilant Briton punched the air with delight as he produced a thrilling fightback after losing his lead to Vettel to seal what could prove to be a pivotal win in this year's see-saw championship. Hamilton is close behind with 98 points and Bottas is third with 63 points.

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd].