Hamilton wins Spanish GP by 20 seconds, Vettel 4th

Hamilton wins Spanish GP by 20 seconds, Vettel 4th

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are not done just yet.

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship with a stunning victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The victory bodes well for Mercedes for the rest of the season as the performances in Barcelona - where most teams bring significant vehicle updates - usually set the tone for the rest of the races on the European portion of the calendar.

"I couldn't have done it without this incredible team", said Hamilton.

Hamilton was 20 seconds clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas while Max Verstappen fought his way onto the podium despite breaking his front wing after contact with Lance Stroll.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen took third and fourth positions for the start of the race, but the kicker was Ferrari's decision to not run the fastest tyre available for both drivers' final run. "Today I felt a synergy with the auto that I hadn't been feeling all year", he said. I was feeling good. His 64th career victory and third in Spain.

"I remember like it was yesterday sitting at home playing this computer game as Michael", Hamilton said. You saw that it worked out for [Daniel] Ricciardo and Verstappen in Shanghai, I think this is what they were thinking. He has some serious records.

Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo drove a quiet race to finish fifth. "This weekend, we got ourselves on the right path".

Speaking after his victory Hamilton stated that he was pleased with his auto and also praised the supporters. Mercedes brought Bottas in two laps later but Vettel was just able to maintain second after the dived in front of Kevin Magnussen and the Finn when he emerged from the pits. To tell you the truth, It wasn't the most nail-biting race except for the first lap.

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Vettel gave away his position when Ferrari made a decision to go for an extra stop and give the German driver fresher tires. Raikkonen retired after cruising back to the pits with reduced power. But staying out was not an option today. "I don't think it's only the track", he said.

Hamilton controlled proceedings from pole position at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, only relinquishing the lead through the pit stop phase, to make it back-to-back wins.

He had won in Bahrain and in the season-opener in Australia, when he wasn't as dominant as Hamilton but took advantage of a safety vehicle to win on race strategy.

It was a lukewarm Spanish GP, especially compared to the thrilling races seen in China and Azerbaijan.

The opening lap started with a crash as Romain Grosjean in the Haas spun at Turn 3, collecting Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly in the process. In China, he couldn't manage more than eighth place after an ill-timed safety auto and a subsequent collision caused by Max Verstappen.

"Overall we were a little bit quicker [than Verstappen] but as the laps went on, we just didn't have enough pace", he added. "I had no idea how the race was going to play out". After that I was really surprised they didn't have the pace to keep up with me.

Race organizers said additional security was implemented after several cars were broken into at a closed parking lot for the media at the track. Also suffering mechanical issues were Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Ocon for McLaren and Force India respectively.

Teams will stay in Barcelona for two days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.