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Spanish GP: Hamilton wins as Mercedes dominates

  • Published on 12 May 2019 16:49
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton has won the Spanish Grand Prix, leading from start to finish after jumping teammate Valtteri Bottas off the line.

Bottas, who started from pole position, was under pressure from Sebastian Vettel and teammate Hamilton when the lights went out, and had to concede to the latter heading into Turn 1. 

The Silver Arrows streaked away from the rest of the field, followed by Max Verstappen, who managed to get by Vettel around the outside of Turn 3 on the opening lap.

Ferrari again forced to use team orders

Ferrari was delivered a headache as Charles Leclerc closed in on Vettel, who was nursing a flat spot after locking up at the first corner. 

On lap 12, Leclerc was let go by his teammate and started to pull a gap before Vettel peeled into the pits on lap 20 for the medium tyres.

Leclerc followed suit six laps later, but was fitted with the hard tyres rather than the mediums that Vettel recovered. In front, Mercedes pitted both cars and rejoined without coming under pressure.

Vettel was then handed fourth place after he caught up to Leclerc on the softer tyre, and Ferrari instructed Leclerc to swap positions. 

Vettel made a second pit stop on lap 41 for another set of mediums, but the field was then neutralised when Lando Norris and Lance Stroll came together at Turn 1 on lap 47. 

Both drivers were sent out of the race and the safety car was deployed while the cars were cleared and the track was stripped of the gravel that had been deposited on it from the incident.

With all drivers on fresh tyres, except Vettel and Verstappen who pitted a handful of laps before the safety car, the order within the top six didn't change, with Mercedes taking a fifth consecutive one-two finish.

Max Verstappen secured Red Bull's second podium finish of the season, with the first coming at the season-opening Grand Prix at Melbourne two months ago.

Ferrari came home in fourth and fifth, with Vettel leading Leclerc by over four seconds.

Kevin Magnussen claimed the 'best of the rest' position, but made contact with teammate Romain Grosjean in the latter stages of the race after the safety car restart. 

Haas was on for seventh and eighth, but Grosjean slipped down to tenth place after getting overtaken by local favourite Carlos Sainz and the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.

ES Circuit de Catalunya - 12 May 2019

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  • Another race I couldn't really get all that much enjoyment from. 2019 isn't really as exciting as I thought it would be, unfortunately. Although that's a decent performance from RBH. This race do to some extent sum up what we thought would happen: Ferrari bollocksing up, and RBH opportunising on it. Now unlike 2016, I don't think it will be enough so that Red Bull can overtake Ferrari, they are still too lacking in power, and I fully expect them to take PU penalties which will set them back, but I won't be all that surprised if it were to happen. Gasly seem to improve bit by bit. The same cannot be said for Stroll and Kubica.

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    • May 12 2019 - 17:53
    • Oh, also another neat race where McLaren outpaced their works team by miles, and that's with two very skilled drivers on board. I did kinda expect Renault to be fighting RP and Haas for best of the rest, but it seems like it's far more scrambled than that. If only the cameramen were aiming a bit more at the exciting midfield I'm sure I'd enjoy these races more than I do right now, because the mid is where all good things are happening.

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      • May 12 2019 - 17:56
    • RogerF1

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      Plenty more one-two’s to come I reckon. Money talks, Hammy can spout as long as he likes about team effort but a tad coincidental that up to the ‘mid-field’ the team standings follow the €’s.

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      • May 12 2019 - 19:38
  • Albon and Kyviat I thought were brilliant, Max was very solid and another storming start and drive from Hamilton. Good to see RIC getting more confident. Ferarri were disappointing and the inquest will start now - it's just not working and they look like they have gone backwards on last two years where mere and RBR have gone forwards. Not good and I dont see any chance for them in the title fight now, sadly.

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    • May 12 2019 - 18:13
    • abhidbgt

      Posts: 119

      Ferrari should now be looking at threat from Red Bull more than challenging Mercedes. Frankly it's time that Red Bull get to par engine power and we have more of a challenge for Mercedes.

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      • May 13 2019 - 05:05
  • Kean

    Posts: 511

    If it hadn't been for the safety car that would have been a boring race from start to finish. The governing body really need to fix things for 2021 so we don't get this type of dominance that we're seeing from Mercedes, it's boring. Cost cap, a more reasonable dispersal of price money etc. Couple of drivers that keep on disappointing and really should be replaced: Grosjean, surely Ocon or Vergne could do better. Giovinazzi, surely Vandoorne or Wehrlein could do better. Kubica, the list is long of who could do better.

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    • May 12 2019 - 21:05

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