Hamilton Bounces Back with Sensational Spanish GP Win

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

Currently, Sebastian Vettel is still No.1 in the driver's standings with 104, six more than second-placed Hamilton who closed the gap a little bit, between them with this win. While the Ferrari driver eventually did clear the Mercedes with a deft move into Turn 1, Vettel lost five seconds to Hamilton.

"The team did an incredible job today, that's how racing should be, as close as it could be, Sebastian was incredibly close, incredibly fast", Hamilton said.

After being edged into second place during a contest that delighted the crowd in Catalonia, Vettel said: "I was pushing".

"I don't remember having a race like this for a long time where I was able to be on the limit as hard as I was and stay in a battle". It was a very close battle and if it had gone in a different direction, it would have been different between us.

It was his 2nd win in 5 starts this year and the 55th of his career and it brought him within 6 points of Mr. Vettel in the F1 championship race. A win would then be the best Ferrari could do to minimize the points loss to Mercedes, but doing this with a driver down-and thus fewer strategy options-would prove hard. "I think I got the maximum out of the auto today and moving on to Monaco we will have a few more updates, which will hopefully give us another step".

"If we had had the same tires on, it probably wouldn't have been as exciting" Hamilton said. "This is why I race, to have that close battle with him, a four-time champ, is awesome".

The Dutchman was on the outside when Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas collided heading into Turn 1, with the Ferrari driver bouncing off the Mercedes and into Verstappen's Red Bull vehicle, eliminating both with suspension damage.

A racing incident in which Bottas struck Kimi Raikkonen, who consequently hit Verstappen, saw both Raikkonen and Verstappen out of the race. "We were told that the engine could do one more race, but it seems like it could not take it anymore". Meanwhile, Bottas was forced to retire due to auto trouble. With this win, Hamilton has managed to cut short Vettel's championship lead from 13 to 6 points.

Sergio Perez finished fourth with his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon an impressive fifth.

It was probably the slowest auto on the track, but Wehrlein stopped for just one tyre change, rather than the two or three-change strategy of the other teams, and his bright blue vehicle crossed the line in seventh place.

"I was inside for Turn One, Kimi came from outside and tried to overtake from there", said the Mercedes driver.

While Massa had to pit with a puncture, Alonso continued in 11th but his pace faded later on before a late third stop for fresh softs allowed him to charge back to 12th - his first race finish of 2017.

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