Driver Ratings: 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

Ted Kravitz analyses all the key moments from qualifying at the Spanish GP     
  
 
      
         
              Ted Kravitz analyses all the key moments from qualifying

Ted Kravitz analyses all the key moments from qualifying at the Spanish GP Ted Kravitz analyses all the key moments from qualifying

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton.

But Hamilton's 64th grand prix victory was one of his most comfortable and has put him in a commanding position in the championship.

He joined seven-time champion Schumacher and two-time champion Mika Hakkinen as a three-time victor in Spain.

Hamilton turned on the style to crush his rivals by winning so impressively in Spain on Sunday and extend his championship lead to a healthy 17 points over Sebastian Vettel. The German driver later stated that he would have been unable to complete the race on his second set of tyres, as a result of his exceptionally early first pit-stop.

Hamilton said he hit the set-up sweet spot in a dominant performance in Barcelona, and with his lead secure he focussed on making mental notes about what to tell his engineers.

Third place went to Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen, some 26 seconds behind the victor.

His team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth despite spinning near the end of the VSC period.

Lap 51/66 Hamilton sets a new fastest lap.


Vettel was the first driver to stop for new rubber, pitting on lap 18, and Ferrari also chose to sacrifice track position later in the race to take on new tyres under the virtual safety auto because Vettel was expected to be marginal on tyre wear. And surely that's the way it will stay. The German is now behind Verstappen.

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's a one-horse race out there.

Lap 33/66 Hamilton finally retakes the lead with just over 8 seconds in hand on Vettel. "It is important these days to understand why and then you look back and understand what is missing in the preparation to the race". His Ferrari is being wheeled back to the garage. Hamilton, for one, was cautious after the race. The Briton is unstoppable at the moment. The degree of surprise increased further when they made a decision to send him out on the medium tyres instead of the softs.

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari has to accept it was "not quick enough" and also had a "poor weekend" in terms of reliability after the conclusion of an underwhelming Spanish Grand Prix for the team. Exiting the pits, Vettel re-entered the race running seventh. The Ferrari driver managed to get past Bottas and slot into 2nd place, although his race didn't end as impressively.

Lap 17/66 Hamilton now seven seconds clear at the front.

Lap 13/66 Astounding pace from Hamilton at the moment. "It wasn't until Turn 12 on the last lap that I backed off - I had traffic so that's why I backed off". That's the second thing we need to focus on. He suffered the heaviest imapct there. "In 2009 we went, "Let's go less aerodynamics and better racing" and so on".

Lap 7/66 The stewards will investigate Grosjean for that incident after the race. However, the Haas of Romain Grosjean spun at Turn 3 and took out the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg and the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly. Hulkenberg and Gasly also involved in what looked like a terrible crash. Vettel overtakes Bottas on the first bend to go second!

CET Guten Tag! We're 15 minutes away from lights out in Barcelona. Hamilton still in front.

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