Dominant Hamilton: 5th Straight 1-2 Finish for Mercedes at the Spanish GP
Lewis Hamilton was supreme in his Mercedes with a controlled, assured performance to take the Spanish GP, his 76th win of his career and the 5th straight 1-2 finish for Mercedes this season ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen in 3rd.
In a largely uneventful GP and the last at the Spanish circuit, Hamilton managed to get his team mate off the line with a lightning start, taking Bottas on the inside and never looking back to retake the lead in the championship. Bottas lagged off the line and allowed the charging Ferrari of Vettel to have a sniff of an opportunity around the outside but the German locked up, compromised his race and fell backwards into the fight with his team mate Leclerc.
After the lock up Vettel and Leclerc caught themselves in an inter team battle with Leclerc clearly faster at the that stage of the race. A lack of assertiveness on the Ferrari pit wall caught them out once again and it took Vettel 5 laps to finally move out of the way and allow the Frenchman the opportunity to chase after Verstappen. The incident arguably cost them a chance at 3rd and will once again have the doubters looking at the indecisve nature of the Scuderia.
Further down the field there was drama as Norris and Stroll collided at turn 1, causing the safety car to come and and bring a little spice to an otherwise stale GP. The racing incident caused both the Brit and Stroll to crash out of the race with Norris clipping Stroll's left rear and spinning the Canadian into the gravel.
After the safety car restart there was drama as the two Haas drivers, arguably best of the rest this weekend, were caught in a heated battle for the 7th place spot with Magnussen demonstrating his ruthless aggression in wheel to wheel combat with the Dane forcing Grosjean wide and into the clutches of Sianz who performed the same trick on the Frenchman and caused Grosjean to fight hard for the 1st point of his season.
A mention for personal driver of the day Danil Kyvat who stormed to a brilliant 9th place thanks to a truly brilliant overtake around turn 4 on Raikkonen and setting himself up nicely for a run at the points. The Russian proved his credentials and seems to be maturing once again after his difficult run in the A-team.