Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton wins in Barcelona for a fifth Mercedes one-two

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Lewis Hamilton wins the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of teammate, Valtteri Bottas, for a fifth consecutive Mercedes one-two.

Hamilton took his third win of the season in Barcelona after getting the jump on pole-sitter, Bottas, going into turn one. He held the lead from the start and with the addition of the point for fastest lap, took over the lead of the championship.

Hamilton pulled away from Bottas after the safety car restart, finishing the race four seconds ahead of his teammate. A collision between Lando Norris and Lance Stroll at turn two brought out the safety car and took them both out of the race.

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Max Verstappen finished the race third ahead of both Ferrari. Verstappen passed Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap after the German challenged the two Mercedes drivers into turn one.

Once again team orders were a part of Ferrari’s race. Vettel flat spotted his tyre on the opening lap, slowing his pace, causing the team to move him over for Charles Leclerc to pass. The roles were reversed later in the race with Vettel moving up to fourth place.

Pierre Gasly held off a challenge from Kevin Magnussen after the restart to take sixth place. Magnussen had already  passed his Haas teammate Romain Grosjean for seventh.

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Grosjean was the driver who lost out after the safety car restart, dropping from seventh to tenth. However, Grosjean held off Alexander Albon to take the final point, his first of the season. Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat moved up the order into eighth and ninth.

For the second race in a row Renault were unable to score any points, with Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg twelfth and thirteenth.

Kimi Raikkonen dropped six places on lap one was unable to recover. Sergio Perez finished fifteenth ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi and the two Williams’ George Russell and Robert Kubica.

Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship, seven points ahead of Bottas, with Verstappen third two points ahead of Vettel. Mercedes extended their constructors championship lead to 96 points.

Formula 1 returns in two weeks on the streets of Monte-Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix.

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