Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Formula One: Dominant Lewis Hamilton reigns in Spain, Sebastian Vettel fourth

Formula One: Dominant Lewis Hamilton reigns in Spain, Sebastian Vettel fourth

With that win, he also crossed Michael Schumacher's record of scoring 41 race wins from pole position.

"This is more like it, let's keep this up", Hamilton told his celebrating team over the radio as he swept past the checkered flag.

Max Verstappen, who ran into Williams' Sergey Sirotkin, took third with a broken left front-end plate for his first podium of the season.

"Not every race feels as great as that one does". "We got qualifying right". The team did an exceptional job.

He continued, "I was much happier with the auto".

"It is definitely a great, great feeling and I think you could probably see from my energy when I got out the vehicle. I have some catching up to do overall in terms of the points, so I will be aiming to do as well as I can".

"Of course I wanted to fight for the win today, but for the team it's so good", he said.

"I am much happier with the auto".

He had won in Bahrain and in the season-opener in Australia, when he wasn't as dominant as Hamilton but took advantage of a safety auto to win on race strategy. Ferrari had pitted Vettel on lap 18 but Hamilton stayed out for a further eight laps and emerged with a comfortable 10-second gap on the German.

No such trouble for Hamilton at the head of the field who, after six laps behind the safety auto, set about establishing a commanding lead over Vettel.

The poor results by Vettel and Raikkonen dropped Ferrari behind Mercedes at the top of the constructors' championship. "It's a bit early to say, but I would like to hope it could be part of the turning point", said Hamilton.

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Nevertheless, United will have a chance to finish the season with silverware, when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup on 19 May. It's a big achievement for us. "For me it was a positive night, me and Luke Shaw had the opportunity to play and impress".

The victory bodes well for Mercedes for the rest of the season as the performances in Barcelona - where most teams bring significant auto updates - usually set the tone for the rest of the races on the European portion of the calendar. It has been a constant learning process with the tyres, getting them working in a very narrow window.

"We couldn't make the tyres last, so for us it was clear we come in again". Obviously, if you look from the outside it's easy.

"We were just not quick enough and even at the end I was not in a healthy shape with the tyres even though mine were the freshest".

Hamilton had led from pole and in the clean air out front was able to extend his advantage over Vettel who had made it past Bottas into second through the first corner. They changed but they changed for everyone.

Ferrari may have an outside chance of getting the win today, especially because their vehicle is the best out of everyone else's. Overall, there are three things we must be able to see.

The other issue for Ferrari was their unreliability. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) - +0,4395. The speed is there and the driveability is much better than Mercedes' vehicle.

Verstappen then hit back of Sirotkin, but despite sustaining damage to his front wing, held off Vettel with relative ease.

Could Max Verstappen have won the race? Perez elbowed past Stroll for the last scoring position on lap 44, and the following lap, Bottas posted the first known sub-1:20 of the race, at 1:19.944. We still have a lot of work to do. It was gutsy, especially after the criticism they received after failing to take advantage of the safety vehicle to pit Hamilton in China. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 7. His finish helped Haas jump up to 6th place with 19 points, one ahead of Force India. McLaren's Fernando Alonso provided some mid-race entertainment with a duel with Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc.

Grosjean's spin and crash were being investigated by the race stewards after the race.

And finally, it wasn't only a Ferrari power unit that suffered troubles.

Australian Ricciardo qualified sixth-fastest for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, one spot behind Verstappen, putting them together on the third row of the grid in Barcelona.

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