2018 Spanish F1 Grand Prix: Mercedes takes commanding 1-2

by Samarth Kanal on 13th May 2018

Hamilton pulls off one-stop race to finish comfortably ahead of Bottas in Spanish F1 GP while Vettel misses out on podium to Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 from pole in the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix while Max Verstappen beat Sebastian Vettel to third place.

Hamilton pulled away from the start, but the safety car was quickly deployed on lap one after Romain Grosjean’s Turn 3 spin, which collected Nico Hülkenberg and Pierre Gasly in a cloud of smoke and debris as the trio retired.

The polesitter slowed down the pack under the safety car and pulled away as the field struggled on cold tyres.

Vettel pitted for mediums on lap 18 and Bottas followed suit, but a slow pitstop put him behind Vettel.

Kimi Räikkönen retired from second place on lap 25, and gave way to the chasing Red Bulls. Hamilton pitted shortly after Räikkönen’s retirement and emerged behind new leader Verstappen, who was on a long-run on soft tyres.

The Red Bull pair pulled in for mediums on lap 35, giving Hamilton back his lead.

However, a virtual safety car was triggered by Esteban Ocon’s Force India, which stopped billowing smoke on lap 41. Vettel responded by pitting for new tyres but the Mercedes pair stayed out, leaving Vettel in fourth behind Verstappen and Bottas.

Although Verstappen picked up damage on the VSC restart by clipping Lance Stroll’s Williams, he continued in third with Vettel trying his best to reduce the gap between them, but the Ferrari couldn’t make its way past, finishing under a second behind the Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo was the last driver on the lead lap in fifth place ahead of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, who was largely unchallenged in sixth.

Carlos Sainz was briefly stuck behind the Sauber of Charles Leclerc, but eventually made his way past to finish seventh.

Fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso had a much harder job of overtaking Leclerc (for eighth) but finally broke the rookie’s dogged defence on the VSC restart, sweeping by through Turn 1.

Alonso caught up with Sainz, but with one lap remaining he couldn’t overtake the Renault, which, as a result, takes fourth in the constructors’ championship ahead of McLaren.

Sergio Pérez took ninth from Leclerc driver on lap 60, leaving Sauber with the last point.

Lance Stroll finished 11th and his Williams team-mate Sergey Sirotkin finished 14th and last after spinning on the VSC restart under acceleration.

Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso limped over the line with an issue but he was classified 12th, ahead of Marcus Ericsson.

Stoffel Vandoorne was the last of the retirees as he pulled over on lap 48 with a loss of drive.


Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix Results

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Lap 66
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +20.593sec
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull +26.873sec
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +27.584sec
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +50.058sec
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas +1 lap
7 Carlos Sainz Jr Renault +1 lap
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren +1 lap
9 Sergio Pérez Force India +2 laps
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber +2 laps
11 Lance Stroll Williams +2 laps
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso +2 laps
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber +2 laps
14 Sergey Sirotkin Williams +3 laps
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren DNF
16 Esteban Ocon Force India DNF
17 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari DNF
18 Nico Hülkenberg Renault DNF
19 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso DNF
20 Romain Grosjean Haas DNF

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