Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton secured back-to-back Formula 1 victories in dominant fashion as he cruised to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, leading home a Mercedes 1-2. In a strong race for Mercedes, his team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second, with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in third.
Hamilton's win followed on from the lucky victory that fell into his lap in Azerbaijan two weekends ago, but Sunday had nothing to do with chance and all to do with the champions being back to their best.
Hamilton clocked in with a time of one hour, 35 minutes and 29.972 seconds at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, over 20 seconds ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, reports Efe.
"Today, the vehicle and myself, I felt that synergy today, which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year".
"I'm really, really happy", said Hamilton.
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But it was further back where the mess unfolded, as a spinning Romain Grosjean collected Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly in spectacular fashion. "Then I looked where I ended up and I saw that my name didn't go to the top".
"It is definitely a great, great feeling and I think you could probably see form my energy when I got out the vehicle. It is quite a normal human reflex - once the vehicle went on to the track it was very hard". Grosjean, whose spin caused the accident, will be heading to the stewards after the race.
"I would say you could say a small percentage of it was the track". There was nothing I could do. When it mattered in Q3 he set a blistering lap on his first run and with the pressure on promptly improved it. "Second, I think we struggled a little bit over the course of the weekend with the tyres". I don't know how I managed to fit in the training in between all the other things that I do but I was pretty fresh after the race.
"Barcelona holds mixed memories for us-a double DNF in 2016, but also a dramatic win for Lewis previous year after passing [Sebastian] Vettel on track for the lead", Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff said. On lap 41, a virtual safety auto was brought out when Esteban Ocon parked his Force India on a unsafe part of the track.
Hamilton made his intentions clear early, sprinting away from the field behind him in the first stint to ensure he was never strategically threatened for the rest of the race.