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Mercedes F1 team principal: 'We're back in business' after Spanish GP win

14 May 2018, 04:25 | Kristopher Drake

Mercedes F1 team principal: 'We're back in business' after Spanish GP win

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes made a decision to pit Bottas a lap after Vettel in one stop strategy with the driver emerging second overall, despite a slow pitstop where he lost 1.4 seconds in the process.

Vettel, second after the first corner, finished off the podium for the third race in a row and is now 17 points behind Hamilton. He inherited victory in Baku but in Spain, having claimed pole with a superb lap, he converted it with clinical efficiency that exploited the performance he has sorely lacked from the Mercedes in three of the four previous rounds.

Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff agreed that Ferrari had been in worse shape for tyre wear, and said it had been a concern for his team too.

The victory will be hugely pleasing and of some relief to the British driver and his team.

"Today we just didn't have the right pace, Mercedes was faster than us and we hadn't many chances", Vettel said. This was also Mercedes' first one-two of the campaign and sent them back on top. And so you give it everything on an out-lap and you still don't have your tyres in the (performance) window. "We're hoping that this year's Spanish Grand Prix will be a good race for us, but we know that it will be tough". Victory here will have given the defending champion the impetus he has felt has been lacking for the past three races.

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. Most of the action took place during a first-lap incident involving Romain Grosjean of Haas, Nico Hulkenberg of Renault and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso, forcing all three drivers to retire and prompting the deployment of the safety vehicle.

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All three drivers were unhurt but it was an exceptionally risky incident and why Grosjean kept his foot on the gas as he span, causing smoke that unsighted the following drivers, seems inexplicable.

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton took his second win in succession by dominating an eventful Spanish Grand Prix.

Vettel got here in for the second cease beneath Digital Security Automotive (VSC) situations, the tires on his Ferrari carrying quicker than that of his closest rivals, however couldn't shut the hole quick sufficient on Verstappen, who had stayed out. He was able to stay out a further eight laps, ultimately taking the medium rubber in a clean stop on lap 26. Vandoorne pulled over with a suspected gearbox problem, the team's first retirement of the season.

When Vettel made his second stop during a late virtual safety auto period, after Esteban Ocon parked up his Force India by the side of the track, it backfired and he lost places instead of gaining anything. The incident promoted to Verstappen to fourth and eventually third after the second Ferrari went into the pits.

That left the German to settle for fourth, as Bottas and Max Verstappen joined Hamilton on the podium. Mercedes didn't pit either Hamilton or the now second-placed Bottas and both cruised to the flag on their one-stop strategy.



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