Hamilton dominates to take victory in Barcelona

Published on 13 May 2018 16:47

Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Spanish Grand Prix, taking his second consecutive victory of the 2018 season. The Briton controlled the race from lights out to the chequered flag, and extends his lead over Sebastian Vettel in the championship fight.

Valtteri Bottas followed his teammate home in second place, making it a 1-2 finish for the Silver Arrows. The German manufacturer now takes the top spot in the constructor's table, as Ferrari suffered a non-finish through Kimi Raikkonen who was hit with engine issues.

Max Verstappen claimed his first podium finish of the year, despite driving an injured car. The Red Bull driver ran into the back of Lance Stroll at a virtual safety car restart, and managed to keep Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel behind in the closing stages.

Daniel Ricciardo drove a lonely race and came home in fifth place. He headed the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and the Renault of Carlos Sainz, who crossed the line in sixth and seventh place respectively.

The other Haas and Renault cars of Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg retired on the opening lap of the race. Grosjean spun at Turn 3 and threw up a lot of smoke. Hulkenberg failed to avoid the sideways Haas and hit him, as did Pierre Gasly.

The safety car was deployed to clear up the mess that was laid down. The field settled down following the safety car, before the pit stop phase came into play. Vettel was the first of the front-runners to come in on lap 17, getting rid of his soft tyres for the harder medium compound.

Bottas pitted two laps later, but Vettel managed to stay ahead in second place. Hamilton stayed out until lap 25, before coming in for the white-walled medium tyre while Raikkonen reported a problem with his car, which would eventually lead to his retirement.

Vettel came in for his second pit-stop after a virtual safety car was called into action while Esteban Ocon's stricken Force India was taken away. Ferrari hoped he would rejoin in third, however a slow stop caused him to fall behind Verstappen, where he would stay until the end of the race.

Fernando Alonso kept up his record of finishing in the points in every race of the year so far, by crossing the line in eighth place. He battled Charles Leclerc for much of the race, who finished in tenth place after Sergio Perez got by for ninth in the final stages.


Fergal Walsh

13 May 2018 - Grand Prix of Spain - Race
  Driver Team Difference #
1. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h35:29.972 66
2. FI Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 20.593 66
3. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 26.873 66
4. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 27.584 66
5. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 50.058 66
6. DK Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 + 1 lap 65
7. ES Carlos Sainz jr Renault + 1 lap 65
8. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren + 1 lap 65
9. MX Sergio Perez Force India + 2 laps 64
10. MC Charles Leclerc Sauber + 2 laps 64
11. CA Lance Stroll Williams + 2 laps 64
12. NZ Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso + 2 laps 64
13. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber + 2 laps 64
14. RU Sergey Sirotkin Williams + 3 laps 63
Did not finish
15. BE Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 0
16. FR Esteban Ocon Force India 0
17. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 0
18. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 0
19. FR Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 0
20. DE Nico Hülkenberg Renault 0
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Replies (5)
SE calle.itw 13 May 2018 17:030
Posts: 5642
Not exactly Baku 2.0, but it was okay I guess. Really disappointed by the amount of mechanical retirements. As for Grosjean: I can understand that its easy to panic and throttle in that situation, but the moment I saw him throttling I knew this would happen. Too bad he had to take Gasly and Hulk with him. But yeah, ok race.
SE calle.itw 13 May 2018 18:160
Posts: 5642
On a more positive note: really strong performance from Sauber. Goes to show what good drivers can do with a mediocre car, something Williams might wanna check out in between looking up pay drivers (and more importantly looking into their wallets).
Posts: 401
Agreed in regards to Leclerc, he was impressive. Ericsson, aside from a good show when he defended against Sainz, need to step up his game now that Leclerc is starting to come into his own. Stroll finished ahead of Ericsson.... I actually think Stroll did a really good job in the race, not so much during friday and saturday, but today he gained many positions in the race. Impressive performances today from Magnussen, Hamilton, Leclerc and Perez on the last stint. Sirotkin performed the worst I think, and I wasn't impressed by Grosjean and Ericsson either.
GB f1fan0101 13 May 2018 17:55+1
Posts: 1316
Boring enough race... massive lap 1 crash! Hopefully a lot closer in Monaco
SE calle.itw 13 May 2018 18:130
Posts: 5642
Definitely below average. Im actually driving around Monaco right now in F1 2017. P3 With Vandoorne, but Im kinda stuck in it because virtual Hammy really loves driving into my tiny Honda powered bum.

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