Lewis Hamilton WINS Spanish Grand Prix after epic battle with Sebastian Vettel
May 16 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Formula One star Lewis Hamilton won the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix was an example of how F1 should be. The contest saw some great overtakes and manoeuvres, a spectacle the Formula 1 fan has been looking forward to in this new era in the sport. Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was right behind them but in the tight pack came into contact with the Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen. However, the Mercedes team pressured Vettel into pitting early, giving Hamilton the lead on lap 15.
Bottas, who later retired with a mechanical failure on his vehicle, also described the incident as unfortunate. The German emerged from the pits after his final slot alongside Hamilton, the pair almost clashing at Turn One before Vettel pulled ahead.
Ricciardo will hope for better next time out as he takes to the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time since being denied a race win from pole position by a bungled pit stop. Lewis pit at Lap 21 leaving Bottas in lead to hold and block Vettle behind.
The battle was evened out later on when Bottas' engine caught on fire, but not before he had successfully blocked Vettel for several laps after the latter's initial pit stop.
Mercedes sensed an opportunity and hauled Hamilton into the pit lane for his second and final stop. Hamilton made his move on lap 44 and was able to complete the DRS-assisted pass on the Ferrari. While re-joining the track he emerged ahead of the Briton, followed by the two going wheel to wheel into the first few corners.
That lasted two laps just as it was about to end Mercedes called Hamilton in for a set of soft tyres, an inspired gamble with 30 laps to go.
Vettel, the German four-time world champion, pulled more than two seconds clear of Hamilton by lap three, with Bottas in third place.
The impact broke the front suspension of both cars.
At one stage of a breathless race, Hamilton and Vettel came within centimetres of crashing as they diced for the lead at turn one, with the former forced off the circuit.
It was a battle which Hamilton would ultimately win. Torro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat finished ninth and Haas F1's Romain Grosjean finished in the tenth place.
"Somehow he managed to get a decent exit from the chicane, so I couldn't do it first time", explained Vettel.
Fernando Alonso got his McLaren through to the checkered flag for the first time this season. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 161 points. The German has scored all their points so far. Hamilton is close behind with 98 points and Bottas is third with 63 points.
Force India are now the only team to have scored with both cars in every race this year.