Logic evades Ferrari in Spanish qualifying

Logic evades Ferrari in Spanish qualifying

Logic evades Ferrari in Spanish qualifying

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, thanks to the "synergy" between him and the auto.

He took pole position in qualifying in a Mercedes lockout of the front row, and was never seriously challenged from the moment the race began.

Hamilton coasted to back-to-back wins by a 20-second margin in Barcelona, leading home team-mate Valtteri Bottas on a superb afternoon for Mercedes made even better by Vettel's failure to make the podium.

Mercedes regained the lead in the constructors' standings from Ferrari, who had 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen retire from the race.

"I've been racing a long time so to still have that feeling when you do have that win, and that happiness and that uplift inside (is special)", he said.

Hamilton crossed the line 21 seconds clear of Bottas, with Vettel 0.7 sec behind Verstappen.

He could do nothing to fight his way back past Max Verstappen, who despite banging into the back of Lance Stroll's Williams, took the final spot on the podium.

The team principal, Toto Wolff, stressed the importance of the race for Hamilton.

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Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix was destined to be full of turmoil from before it began, courtesy of rain overnight that cut grip levels at Circuit de Catalunya. "I don't think it affected me too much", Verstappen said. Starting on pole, the 33-year-old briefly relinquished the lead when he went in to pit on lap 26, but stormed ahead to snatch victory and now leads the title race by 18 points.

Ricciardo was fifth in Barcelona, ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas and the Spanish duo of Carlos Sainz of Renault and Fernando Alonso of McLaren.

"Monaco is a tough track so I just hope the weather's good there", added Hamilton. Most of the action took place during a first-lap incident involving Romain Grosjean of Haas, Nico Hulkenberg of Renault and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso, forcing all three drivers to retire and prompting the deployment of the safety auto.

Vettel won in Australia and Bahrain, while Ricciardo was first in China. While recovering, he failed to realise that there were still cars around him.

Lap 2/66 Romain Grosjean has heavy damage and the safety auto is out.

"I have said many times this team is strong and we have a lot of potential but we also need to make sure we address the problems we have and work together in the same direction". What had looked at first sight like questionable strategy was actually, they said, just the vehicle going through its tyres quicker than others. This is hard to cope with and in the following races we struggled and all that adds up and was in all our minds. The victor has come from the front row in 24 of the 27 races in Barcelona.

Vettel will be desperate to get back to winning ways after finishes of 8th, 4th, and 4th in his last three races have seen him drop to 17 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the leaderboard. McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne also retired because of a auto failure.

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