Lewis Hamilton reaches a turning point at Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton reaches a turning point at Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton capped off an excellent Formula 1 weekend in Spain by dominating practice, qualifying and, on Sunday afternoon (May 13), easily cruised to just over a 20-second gap over his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, to win the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona- Catalunya.

It also set a record, one that Hamilton had previously shared with seven times champion Michael Schumacher, of 41 wins from pole position.

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 vehicle.

Ferrari surrendered the lead in the constructors' championship to Mercedes and now trail them by 27 points after five races.

"I think, as a team, this weekend we have been ideal, and we just need to continue like that and for me also the wins are going to come", Bottas said.

He continued, "I was much happier with the auto". "I said that I wanted to come here and win the way that I won, and when I came across the line I was just happy that I did as I planned to". "Race by race we're understanding the tyres more, which is a bit battle for everyone".

"We couldn't make the tyres last so for us", said Vettel.

"If you look from outside it's easier, but inside the vehicle, we were going through the tyres too quick. Even in the end, with the fresher set I wasn't able to attack until the end", he added. It looks different and it looks wrong, but from the inside I think it was the right thing to do. "I came into the box maybe a bit hot - well, cold with the tyres - and overshot the position", he explained.




Ferrari clearly had more problems than Mercedes making them last, however, but Vettel was not making excuses. They changed but they changed for everyone.

The 33-year-old British driver was in a class of his own as he galloped to a 21-second triumph - lapping the field up to fifth - while his main championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, faltered to only fourth place. McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne also retired because of a auto failure.

Verstappen went from zero to hero, taking his first podium of the season after a frustrating weekend in Baku, while a spin under the virtual safety vehicle meant Daniel Ricciardo couldn't take advantage of Vettel's second stop. We still have a lot of work to do. "It's a good feeling".

The leading cars navigated the opening metres without drama, but the same could not be said further behind after a three-way crash was sparked by the error-prone Romain Grosjean.

Out came the safety vehicle with Hamilton then executing a masterful restart to leave Vettel for dust before establishing a comfortable cushion over his rival.

Normal service was resumed at the Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes locked out the front row at Barcelona, but it was still an intriguing session.

Spanish driver and local hero Fernando Alonso finished seventh after a spirited drive, also pulling off the best overtaking manoeuvre of the race, when he raced past Esteban Ocon on the outside of the fast and sweeping Turn 3.

Mexican Sergio Perez was ninth for Force India and Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc took the final point for Sauber.

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