Lewis Hamilton wins 2017 Spanish Grand Prix following a tight fight with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas out due to engine failure; Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen out after being hit by Bottas.
Red Bull speedy Daniel Ricciardo made his first season podium finish ahead of Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.
“What can I say, fantastic work. Everything was on point all weekend. I really appreciate all the hard work back at the factory,” Hamilton says over team radio.
Mercedes’ Niki Lauda told Sky F1 about Hamilton’s victory:
“Lewis really deserves the win. We really deserve the win. Everything goes right for us today, next time it could be the other way around.
“Lewis won the race with an incredible drive.
“I feel sorry for Bottas and his engine problem. Now we have to identify what the problem it, it is a new problem we think. Lewis did a very good job I have to say.”
“I don’t know how I managed to lose eight seconds,” Vettel says in the cooldown room.
Hamilton cut the gap on Vettel at the top of the title standings to six points after five rounds of this 2017 F1 world championship with his second victory of the season and 55th overall.
Last round, Russian GP winner and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas’ race ended when his engine blew on lap 40.
Stoffel Vandoorne and Felipe Massa crashed at the turn one. The McLaren speedy forced to stop his machine in the gravel following suspension damage, the virtual safety car was deployed.
During the VSC, the Silver Arrows recognized a perfect chance and calling Hamilton for second and final stop. On went the soft tyre and Brit was released for tight battle.
Instantly Ferrari reacted to Hamilton’s stop they put the long-lasting and mandatory medium compound on Vettel’s car.
Following the pit-exit Vettel emerged wheel-to-wheel fight with Hamilton. The British driver attempted to pass the German around the outside but Vettel held the leading position and Hamilton ran off the track.
“That was dangerous,” a breathless Hamilton said over the team radio. “I was more than half alongside him, and he pushed me wide.” The stewards noted the incident, but took no action.
Finally on Lap 44, Hamilton overtook Vettel with the mixture of a tow and DRS. “I had no chance,” said Vettel over the radio. “He was like a train.”
Triple-time world champion finished the 66-lap contest 3.5 seconds ahead of the four-time champion German.
Force India duo Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon made a great result, they finished fourth and fifth respectively.
German Nico Hulkenberg came home sixth for Renault, ahead of compatriot Pascal Wehrlein of Sauber, who lost his place due to a time penalty for a pit-lane mistake during the race.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz was eighth on the road, but classified seventh, ahead of Russian Daniil Kvyat who did a superb job for Toro Rosso after starting at the back of the grid, and Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Haas.