Lewis Hamilton calls Spanish GP victory 'a rejuvenating experience'

Lewis Hamilton calls Spanish GP victory 'a rejuvenating experience'

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix with a commanding victory from pole and in doing so has extended his lead in the Formula One world championship.

"This is more like it guys, let's keep this up", a buoyant Hamilton said. However, just as Vettel did not have the pace to run with Hamilton, Ferrari's strategy of bringing Vettel in for a late-race second pitstop during Virtual Safety Car conditions proved to be a spectacular own goal.

'We had to stop again and we obviously lost two positions, and also a bit of time during the pit-stop itself, but staying out was not an option.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen qualified fourth with the Red Bull pairing of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo lining up fifth and sixth for their first race since they collided in Azerbaijan two weekends ago.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen completed the podium despite damaging his front wing after crashing into the back of Sergey Sirotkin's Williams.

Outside of a forgettable double DNF in 2016, Mercedes has had a lot of recent success in Barcelona, winning three of the last four races at this track. The upgrades on the McLaren are clear to see and he was just 0.045s off taking the "best of the rest" award (also known as seventh on the grid) from Kevin Magnussen in the Haas.

Fernando Alonso finished a strong eighth in his home grand prix for McLaren, ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez in ninth and Sauber's Charles Leclerc, who collected the second point-paying place of his career in tenth.

Sebastian Vettel had stated that he was not too concerned about losing out on a win at the previous round in Baku and dropping 13 points by finishing fourth after his overcommitted passing attempt on Valtteri Bottas.

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The defending, four-time World champion dominated from start to finish, save for a spell during the mid-race pit-stops, and clocked a series of record laps as he registered his second successive win.

Hamilton's second win in a row and second of the season.

Hamilton held his lead from lights out but Vettel made up a place on the drag race down to turn one passing Bottas for second.

McLaren, Renault and Red Bull all bolted on major updates in Barcelona - indeed McLaren said this was essentially their proper 2018 race auto.

Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix was destined to be full of turmoil from before it began, courtesy of rain overnight that cut grip levels at Circuit de Catalunya. "It's a really good feeling".

"One, we were not quick enough", accepted Vettel, who now trails Hamilton by 17 points in the standings. A one-two for the team. I'd like to hope this could be part of a turning point'.

This might be down to tyres and with another outlier track in Monaco up next, we might not know for a few weeks whether Ferrari have fallen behind, relatively speaking. McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne also retired because of a auto failure, as did Esteban Ocon with Force India.

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