Lewis Hamilton dedicates Spanish GP win to young cancer sufferer

Lewis Hamilton dedicates Spanish GP win to young cancer sufferer

The world champion, who started second, passed Bottas into the first corner and eased away to an ultimately comfortable win, despite a late safety auto.

Max Verstappen quickly pounced, and soon after Ferrari moved Charles Leclerc ahead of Vettel for fourth as the German's first-stint pace fell off a cliff.

"I have to put it down to this incredible team", Hamilton told reporters after the race. Bottas won the last race in Azerbaijan from the pole.

The most familiar story, though, is of Ferrari being unable to.

Lewis Hamilton roared back to the top of the Formula One world championship with a dominant victory in Spain on Sunday as Mercedes's record start to a season stretched to a fifth successive one-two.

The Briton now has 112 points to Bottas's 105, with Verstappen third on 66.

Ferrari obliged Vettel at last after 19 laps, making him the first frontrunner to pit and giving him a set of medium tires. Gasly went to new medium tires after 22 laps, but Leclerc made an unprecedented change to hard tires after 25 laps, emerging P5, just feet up the road of Vettel.

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But in the end, the safety vehicle decided it. Lance Stroll's Racing Point and Lando Norris' McLaren tangled at the first corner, spreading debris all over the road. Vettel's moment left him out of position, and Verstappen was on hand to capitalise, sweeping around the outside of the Ferrari driver with a lovely through move on Turn 3. Stroll had caught Norris down the main straight and had edged in front on the inside of Turn 1, but they tangled through Turn 2, sending them both into the gravel trap and out of the race.

The fight in the closing laps was all about the midfield, with some hectic and wheel-banging action deciding the final points positions.

Driver of the day Not the most gripping race. "We've swapped in the past and tried to swap again today as they were on a different strategy at that stage". He's becoming a real thorn in their sideWhat happens next? Ferrari then split its strategies, putting Vettel on a two-stop to match the Mercedes and Red Bulls, while Leclerc adopted a promising-looking one-stop. Mercedes once again dominated race day, leaving the rest in its dust as the Silver.

Hamilton hinted that he wouldn't make that mistake again in Spain, and he got some help from a poor getaway by Bottas to overtake him in the opening meters en route to winning the race at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit for a third consecutive year.

After a fifth successive Mercedes one-two, Hamilton said he hoped that Ferrari would recover their form and mount a serious challenge to Mercedes.

"At the start it was quite hectic with three cars going into one corner", Verstappen said, "so I chose to back out of it, but actually in the end I had a good line out of Turn 2 into Turn 3".

Leclerc, who appeared to damage his auto as he went wide in Q2, told Sky Sports: "I'm not very happy, but in Q2, I don't understand how I could lose that much of the vehicle on the kerb".

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