Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton wins to increase F1 title lead

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton wins to increase F1 title lead

Earlier than planned pit stops for Vettel meant that ultimately he had to concede not only second place to Bottas but also third to Verstappen.

"I didn't get a great feeling on that [supersoft] tyre", he said. With a damaged wing towards the end of the race, the 20-year-old showed superb composure to match the same lap times as Ricciardo and drive faster than Vettel. Toward the end of previous year, he broke out with a few wins and finished in the top 5 in six straight races. "I think it has come together this weekend".

Hamilton now has 95 points to Vettel's 78 after five rounds of the 21-race championship.

Vettel was called in for a second stop under the virtual safety auto as Ferrari looked to make gains with the rest of the field speed-restricted.

But while that came courtesy of a puncture for Bottas, this one was all Hamilton. "I don't understand why they worked in Australia and haven't worked ever since and today we have them working".

The British driver clearly felt he had exactly the vehicle he needed beneath him but Mercedes managed their team perfectly as well. He said: "We just did not have the pace today".

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Atypically, the Celtics attacked the rim more than they launched 3-pointers, and the result was a relatively efficient first-half. Horford scored inside out of the pause, then knocked down a short jumper for a four-point lead with 5:55 to play.

Hamilton stayed out until lap 25 and slotted back in behind the yet-to-stop Verstappen, who had profited from the exit of Kimi Raikkonen mere minutes before.

As on Friday, the champions were quickly in the groove and demonstrated more competitive speed than in practice at recent Grands Prix. Our ambition needs to be that we're better off rather than worse off. Vettel ended P4 with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in P5. The team hoped Vettel was going to be faster than his opponents afterward, but it didn't work that way and he never challenged Verstappen for the final podium spot.

It looked like it would be a challenging race for Hamilton when Vettel jumped Bottas on the first lap, but two safety cars and some poor strategy resulted in the German finishing fourth.

Hamilton, however, remained untroubled in the clean air out front and had 16 seconds on Bottas and 26 on Verstappen in third by lap 50. When it mattered in Q3 he set a blistering lap on his first run and with the pressure on promptly improved it. It was gutsy, especially after the criticism they received after failing to take advantage of the safety auto to pit Hamilton in China.

Sergio Perez took on fresh tyres when his team-mate exited and moved up into ninth place, while Leclerc added another point to Sauber's tally by rounding out the top 10.

After an embarrassing crash under the Safety Car in Baku, Romain Grosjean caused further embarrassment for himself when he spun on the opening lap after his car got destabilised in the dirty air of Magnussen who was ahead of him.