Hamilton reigns in Spain

Faith Castro
May 16, 2018

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton easily won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday for his second straight Formula One victory, increasing his championship lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, The Guardian reported. Fernando Alonso (McLaren) (all one lap); 9.

"If you look from outside it's easier, but inside the vehicle, we were going through the tyres too quick".

Ferrari took the chance to stop Vettel for a second time in fear that his rubber would not last the course, but he was stationary for more than five seconds which allowed Bottas, who did not stop, and also Verstappen to move ahead of the Ferrari man.

"I think today has been a rejuvenating experience", Hamilton said. They changed but they changed for everyone.

Vettel explained that Ferrari had little option than to pit again, as the Prancing Horse simply could not use the tyres as efficiently as Mercedes and Red Bull. Our ambition needs to be that we're better off rather than worse off. After Raikkonen's vehicle suffered from power unit issues in the Free Practice 2 session, the Iceman retired from the race from what seemed to be a similar issue. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 48, 5. It was a disappointing weekend for Ferrari which also featured a concerning engine failure for Kimi Raikkonen in the other vehicle during a season where engines are more restricted than ever before in the V6 turbo era.

As a potential explanation for the lack of pace, Vettel added that perhaps Ferrari's upgrades for Spain had not been as significant as those of other teams. If it's cold, like it has been in the coolest days here, it could be hard, but we definitely go there on a high note - and we definitely don't take for granted the fact that we still have a mountain to climb.

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen completed the podium positions, despite damaging his front wing after crashing into the back of Sergey Sirotkin's Williams, to leave Vettel 17 points adrift of Hamilton. The Red Bull Racing prodigy was able to keep ahead of Vettel to climb onto the last step of the podium.

The American team showed excellent pace in pre-season testing in Barcelona and based on early-season results it would seem that low-fuel runs or some kind of testing trickery were not behind their headline times in testing.

"It felt good. It was the closest I've been to feeling it is all going right, but there are still things that are not quite ideal".

All three were out of the race in an instant to mark another embarrassing chapter for Grosjean after he crashed out under the safety auto last time out in Baku. The 37-year-old was sitting behind Hamilton in second on lap 26 when he experienced trouble with the auto and was subsequently overtaken by both Red Bull drivers and fell into 17th. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 7.

One of the leading lights of last year's championship, Esteban Ocon has yet replicate his 2017 form and continues to drop further behind his team-mate Sergio Perez.

Vettel said he remained upbeat heading into the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks.

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