Spanish GP - Sunday - Race Report

Ahead of today's sole practice session the air temperature is 21 degrees C while the track temperature is 29 degrees

Ahead of today's sole practice session the air temperature is 21 degrees C while the track temperature is 29 degrees

Lewis Hamilton cut Sebastian Vettel's lead at the top of the Formula One drivers' standings to six points as he won the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

The start was chaotic, with Vettel quickly overtaking Hamilton while Bottas and Raikkonen made contact around the first turn.

Bottas, who celebrated his first career victory in Russian Federation two weeks ago, made contact with his compatriot and the impact pitched Raikkonen into Verstappen on the other side, smashing the suspension on both cars.

A poor start from Hamilton, outstripped by a fired-up Vettel.

Like Vettel, Hamilton's team-mate Valterri Bottas, who won his first F1 GP last time out in Sochi, also had to overcome technical problems to claim third on the grid.

The British driver suffered some wheel spin at the start, which helped Vettel to take the lead as they entered turn 1 of the first lap. The Russian GP victor did an excellent job of slowing up Vettel, furiously defending his position to allow Hamilton to sneak up to Vettel. It acted immediately to bring Hamilton into the pits for his second set of tyres when Safety Car conditions were declared after Stoffel Vandoorne. He fought valiantly to keep him behind, but Hamilton was on softer tires and blasted by on the main straight a couple of laps later.

Vettel was forced to respond three laps later and after exiting the pits side-by-side with Hamilton, the two made contact in the middle of turn 1 and the Brit was pushed wide.

The 3X champion recovered after losing the lead from his 64th Pole to make the most of Key strategic decisions and win with power and precision ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari (NYSE:RACE). Raikkonen in turn crashed into Max Verstappen and suffered terminal damage to his vehicle, ending his race early.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished in third place ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez, with his teammate Esteban Ocon finishing fifth. Meanwhile, Bottas was forced to retire due to auto trouble.

The four times world champion hesitated, however.

"I'm super proud that we can get back up there".

Sixth place went to Hulkenburg in the Renault, the Toro Rossos of Sainz and Kvyat were split by Wehrelein in the Sauber in eight, and the last points place went to Grosjean in the Haas.

"I think it was just the rawest fight that I can remember having for some time for which I loved".

It is rare for Hamilton to endure such an off-colour weekend, and rarer still for him to encounter two on the bounce.

"We will take what we can for now and keep working at it, try and stay positive and keep motivated". Vettel came over his team radio and said Hamilton was "like a train" and that there was nothing he could do.

It was a battle which Hamilton would ultimately win.

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