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Hamilton Reigns In Spain

Hamilton Reigns In Spain

Lewis Hamilton beat team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes made it five successive one-two finishes in 2019 at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Bottas had started the race leading the Drivers Championship by one point and on pole position, but he was caught out on the first corner by Hamilton to lose his advantage.

It was plain-sailing for the 34-year-old five-time world champion from that moment onwards as he eased to his third race win of the campaign at the Circuit de Catalunya and picked up an extra point for recording the fastest lap.

Bottas held on to secure second place, while Max Verstappen grabbed the third podium place for Red Bull as Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc settled for fourth and fifth respectively, despite the Scuderia upgrading their power unit ahead of the race.

The rest of the top-ten was made up by Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly, Kevin Magnussen of Haas, McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean made it a double for Haas.

 

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A delighted Hamilton, who now leads Bottas by seven points and is a massive 46 points ahead of Verstappen in third place, said: “I have to put it down to this incredible team. This is history in the making to have five one-twos – I’m proud of that and proud of everyones hard work. “It was an interesting start – it was close, I saw the red car go around the back of both Valtteri and I, so I had no idea if they were further ahead, and I knew Valtteri would break super deep so I had to look out for that. “At the restart, we had just done a pit stop so I was trying to keep the tyres warm and to do a fast lap on the fresh tyres – I haven’t had a fast lap all year!”

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