Vettel's struggles continue with 4th place at Spanish GP

Hamilton cruises to Spain victory

Hamilton cruises to Spain victory

The Spanish Grand Prix was one of pure dominance for Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Hamilton's strong run helped Mercedes re-establish order at the top of the field after seeing Ferrari dominate most of the early season. "Let's keep it up".

Briton Hamilton led from pole and now has a 17-point advantage in the championship over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth. "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". I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year. "It's a good feeling".

Having looked solid throughout the weekend, Saturday's pole sitter recorded his 64th career win, ensuring Ferrari stood no chance against an invincible Mercedes team that delivered an error-free weekend.

"I remember like it was yesterday sitting at home playing this computer game as Michael", Hamilton said. The others are going to be hard to beat.

Vettel put their drop in form down to three things: speed, tyres - referring to the change in tread depth for this specific race - and reliability.

"It's a bit early to say, but I would like to hope it could be part of the turning point".


Hamilton may have needed a huge stroke of luck to clinch his first victory of the season last time out in Baku - but it was all down to him and a superior vehicle in Barcelona. Sergio Perez took ninth in his Force India, and Sauber finished with one point, courtesy of Charles LeClerc in 10th. Mercedes brought Bottas in two laps later but Vettel was just able to maintain second after the dived in front of Kevin Magnussen and the Finn when he emerged from the pits.

The decision to perform a second pit during a virtual safety vehicle period seemed like a gamble worth taking given Ferrari had been no match for Mercedes' pace. Raikkonen retired after cruising back to the pits with reduced power. Therefore we were not able to stay out for another 23 laps.

"I couldn't have done it without this incredibly team", Hamilton said post-race.

Mercedes has struggled compared to Ferrari at times this season, with Sebastian Vettel winning the opening two races and taking three consecutive pole positions as the Scuderia had a more consistent auto. Vettel won in Australia and Bahrain, while Ricciardo was first in China and Hamilton triumphed in Azerbaijan.

See the final word on all the Spanish GP action and latest F1 talking points on the next edition of the F1 Report!

The leading cars navigated the opening metres without drama before the error-prone Romain Grosjean, once labelled a "first-lap nutcase" by Mark Webber, lived up to that title by sparking a huge crash after he lost control of his Haas at Turn 3 and slid back across the track in a cloud of tyre smoke.

When the safety vehicle peeled into the pit-lane on lap 7, Hamilton made a decisive break at the front, stretching his lead to more than 7sec over the next 10 laps.

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