Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton insists will to win world championship is greater than ever

Hamilton was never challenged on the way to his 41st win from pole position, surpassing a record he shared with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Well, if this stat wasn't enough, here's one more - Hamilton has had 30 consecutive points finishes, another Formula One record for the British driver. "A 1-2 for the team", Hamilton said.

"You look back and you understand what is missing in the preparation to the race, or this race, or the next races". "We got qualifying right". The team did an exceptional job.

"I don't know what happened. I hope we can continue". I wouldn't say I had flawless synergy, but nearly. "People probably think it was an easy race and I was cruising but I wasn't cruising".

"I said that I wanted to win in the way that I won and I guess, when I was coming across the line, I was just happy that I did it as I planned".

"I am much happier with the auto".

Lewis Hamilton sprays champagne as he celebrates on the podium after winning the race.

"I think today has been a rejuvenating experience", he said. "Race by race we're understanding the tyres more, which is a bit battle for everyone". Ricciardo was eventually called in on lap 34, with Verstappen pitting a lap later.

"Our tires didn't last as long as for the others, so we couldn't follow the same strategy", Vettel said. "Third, I think it was a poor weekend in terms of reliability".

"We were going through the tyres too quick and therefore we were not able to stay out for another 23 laps".

"Even in the end, with the fresher set, I wasn't able to attack", he added. On the mediums, his Ferrari could manage only half of the number of laps (24) as Bottas (47).

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Vettel put their drop in form down to three things: speed, tyres - referring to the change in tread depth for this specific race - and reliability. "I came into the box maybe a bit hot - well, cold with the tyres - and overshot the position", he explained. They changed but they changed for everyone. "For sure, second is not ideal but for us today, it couldn't be better for us as a team".

The other issue for Ferrari was their unreliability.

Vettel's teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, also struggled in the Spanish GP, having to retire because of a loss of power near the halfway-point. It seems that Raikkonen is yet again on the receiving end of Ferrari's bad luck.

In total, six cars failed to finish. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari trail Mercedes by 27 points.

The German was second until he took an ill-judged second pit-stop, under Virtual Safety Car conditions, midway through the race, dropping two places.

Verstappen then hit back of Sirotkin, but despite sustaining damage to his front wing, held off Vettel with relative ease. On Friday Mercedes also looked like the faster vehicle over long runs, holding a 0.9s per lap advantage over Ferrari and 0.6s over Red Bull. "It's a good feeling". "Hopefully, we can just work from here and score a lot of good results".

Daniel Ricciardo has missed the podium in Barcelona, failing to fire as Lewis Hamilton extended his lead atop the F1 standings.

Out came the safety vehicle with Hamilton then executing a masterful restart to leave Vettel for dust before establishing a comfortable cushion over his rival. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 7.

Sainz's points lifted Renault ahead of McLaren and into fourth place by a single point. Williams' Lance Stroll, who had more than a fair share of off-track excursions in the Free Practice sessions, finished approximately five seconds behind Leclerc in 11th place.

The leading cars navigated the opening metres without drama before the error-prone Romain Grosjean, once labelled a "first-lap nutcase" by Mark Webber, lived up to that title by sparking a huge crash after he lost control of his Haas at Turn 3 and slid back across the track in a cloud of tyre smoke. However, it was Grosjean's stubbornness to off the throttle while spinning that caused the first lap mayhem in the race. Esteban Ocon, who ran a good race till a delayed pit-stop ruined his chances, had to retire after his auto ran out of power. First, the progress each team has made since the start of the season.

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