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Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 Spanish GP

16 May, 2018, 14:38 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Spanish Grand Prix 2018 Start Turn 1

On the up side, the Mercedes was particularly strong in pre-season testing in Barcelona and, as we've seen so far, the Ferrari has been right up there in Bahrain, Shanghai and Baku, so maybe this level of dominance is a one-off. This is the type of race that reminds spectators and drivers alike that Hamilton still has unrivaled pace. "Let's keep this up". Hamilton was joined on the podium in Spain by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Hamilton is now standing at the top spot in the drivers' championship, maintaining a lead of just four points over Vettel.

Ferrari needed to hit back in Spain after losing their early season sparkle but a surprise pitstop, helped Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton screech away to victory and extend his lead overall.

"Already this is the hardest year that I've faced, in the vehicle, at the track, away from the track", he told Sky F1. "It's a good feeling".

Reigning world champion Hamilton has less than a year left on his Mercedes contract, but the 33-year-old says that a new deal will be signed soon.

Those components should have lasted until the end of the Monaco race and then been replaced for the seventh round in Canada, where Ferrari plans to introduce its upgraded engine. "But I wasn't", he said. As I said it was good in terms of timing, coming from a poor weekend for us. He has some serious records.

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Hamilton also became the first F1 driver to finish in the points in 30 consecutive races.

"We've definitely got ourselves on to the right path". But, repeating their Spanish performance in Monaco will be easier said than done for Mercedes and it may yet be too early to hail this as a turning point in their campaign.

While Hamilton celebrated victory at the Spanish GP, it was a frustrating weekend for his title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Giovinazzi will be joined in the Sauber C37 by Charles Leclerc, while Haas' Romain Grosjean will be the first out for the American team - they are yet to confirm their Wednesday driver.

Renault's Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari clocked the second- and third-quickest laps. However, on new medium tyres versus Verstappen's worn softs, Hamilton was still unable to overtake. We had problems finding the right balance of the auto and we were struggling with the front tyres.

"Before the race we thought a one-stop would be almost impossible, but when we saw the tyres were holding up better than expected we changed our strategy", the Finn said.

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