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Mercury Rev: Lewis Hamilton Victorious at the Spanish Grand Prix

May 142017

Three-time Formula World Champion Lewis Hamilton guided his brilliant Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team F1 W08 EQ Power+ to an impressive victory on Sunday afternoon to win the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Espana at that nation’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The 55th career victory for the Englishman moved Hamilton to within just six points of Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, in what is shaping up to be a dramatic fight for the F1 world title.

At the start Vettel holeshot the pack, and led all involved out of the first turn and onto the 4.655-kilometer circuit. After 14 flying laps, Hamilton dropped into the pit lane during a Virtual Safety Car period to switch to soft tyres.The move worked as, and with the help of DRS, Lewis motored right on by Vettel and cleared off to a significant 3.4 second lead.

“It's been a really good weekend and a great way to bounce back from Russia,” explained Hamilton after all was said and done. “It was the rawest fight that I can remember having in a long-time. I loved it, this is why I race. This is what made me get into racing in the first place. This is what the sport needs to be like every single weekend. To have a close battle like that with a four-time champion is awesome. I lost out on the start and had to watch Sebastian fly by. He was so fast out in front and it was such a push to keep in touch with him and not let him pull away. I was able to manage my tires in the first stint and keep relatively close, then it was tricky to keep up on the Medium tire and then after the second stop. We came out so close together which was super tight into Turn 1. He didn't give me much space, it was close! I thought Seb would get me at the end of the final stint but I was able to do it. I have to congratulate my team today, with the strategy and the pit stops, as well as everyone back at the factory that has worked so hard to deliver these upgrades, enabling us to be so close in this fight with Ferrari.”

 

Valtteri said: “It's been a tough weekend. We had problems straight from practice, when we had to swap to the old engine on Saturday morning. Then we had an engine failure in the race.

 

“At least we got more points than Ferrari today in spite of the retirement. Lewis was on a different strategy while I was running long. We tried to execute a one-stop, which is why I was lapping slower at that point. It could have been a rewarding strategy but with the Virtual Safety Car the guys in front had a free pit stop. We should have both been on the podium. It's always disappointing when you don't finish but we'll pick ourselves up and move on.”

 

Stay tuned for the glittering Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks time, as the Silver Arrows take to the famous Monte Carlo streets in pursuit of more championship points and silverware.

1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            1h35m56.497s
2    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                3.490s
3    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        1m15.820s
4    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes        1 Lap
5    Esteban Ocon        Force India/Mercedes        1 Lap
6    Nico Hulkenberg    Renault                1 Lap
7    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Renault        1 Lap
8    Pascal Wehrlein    Sauber/Ferrari            1 Lap
9    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Renault        1 Lap
10    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            1 Lap
11    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari            2 Laps
12    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda            2 Laps
13    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        2 Laps
14    Kevin Magnussen    Haas/Ferrari            2 Laps
15    Jolyon Palmer        Renault                2 Laps
16    Lance Stroll        Williams/Mercedes        2 Laps
-    Valtteri Bottas        Mercedes            Power Unit
-    Stoffel Vandoorne    McLaren/Honda            Collision
-    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        Collision
-    Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                Collision

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