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Lewis Hamilton: "I'm Really, Really Happy" With Dominant Victory

Lewis Hamilton:

"I said that I wanted to come here and win the way that I won, and when I came across the line I was just happy that I did as I planned to".

"This is more like it guys, let's keep this up", a buoyant Hamilton said.

Valtteri Bottas backed his team-mate up in second, concluding Mercedes' first one-two of the season, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen taking his first podium of the year in third.

Hamilton's win moves him into a 17-point championship lead, with title rival Sebastian Vettel fourth on Sunday following questionable strategy calls from his Ferrari team.

"Today the auto and myself, I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year", said Hamilton as he celebrated his 64th career win. "It's a good feeling".

"To think that it is my 64th career win, but it still feels like my first, is special and unique in its own way". I thought it would be a lot closer but I was much happier with the auto. Thirdly, it was a poor weekend in terms of reliability. "It's hard to beat all of these records that he has". The safety yielded control of the race to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the end of lap six, but pursuing Vettel stumbled, losing a chance to attack Hamilton on the pit straight.

"So that's why I'm only partly celebrating".

After dominating in the season opener at Melbourne but failing to win after Vettel took advantage of a late virtual safety auto, Mercedes admitted a software error had caused the miscalculation that had cost Hamilton.

Red Bull opted to run on the slower medium tyres as Daniel Ricciardo clocked fifth fastest, followed by the improving Haas duo of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

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However, Hamilton poured cold water on any hope of a Ferrari win by putting the hammer down and leaving Vettel in the dust while the German came under pressure from Bottas. After five races, we have a much better understanding of the auto, of what we need to do to get the vehicle working.

Vettel gave away his position when Ferrari made a decision to go for an extra stop and give the German driver fresher tires.

He fell behind both Bottas and Verstappen and was never able to get back in range despite his newer tyres. "So we need to stay calm and humble, because it can be a different ball game again next time". " "I don't think it's only the track", he said".

He inherited victory at the last round in Baku but in Spain, having claimed pole with a superb lap, he converted it with clinical efficiency that exploited the performance he has sorely lacked from the Mercedes in three of the four previous rounds.

The red lights' exodus saw the red auto of Sebastian Vettel push past Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas into the first corner, staggering the Mercedes-Ferrari running order.

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

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg were unsighted and could do little to avoid the Frenchman. It was gutsy, especially after the criticism they received after failing to take advantage of the safety vehicle to pit Hamilton in China. "I had no idea how the race was going to play out". Looking to tomorrow, I think we will be strong on race pace.

"It wasn't so comfortable as it looked because the race was good", Wolff said. Also suffering mechanical issues were Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Ocon for McLaren and Force India respectively.


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