SPORT REPORT: Lewis Hamilton fights back in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton dominated from start to finish at the Spanish Grand Prix – where Mercedes achieved a double victory with a one-two finish, stealing the lead from Ferrari.

All the excitement of the Spanish Grand Prix

Despite Hamilton’s win at Azerbaijan there have been many Hamilton doubters this season, including Bernie Ecclestone, however his performance at Barcelona, one of the oldest Formula One races in the world, has proved them wrong.

At this year’s Spanish Grand Prix, we witnessed Lewis Hamilton turn his season around at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Demonstrating a controlled and perfectly executed race Hamilton succeeded in moving Mercedes 27 points ahead of Ferrari. Following his victory at Baku last month, no one can now doubt that Hamilton is back at the top of his game.

While the teams are all too familiar with the Catalan course, the track is renowned for pushing the drivers to their limits. With a challenging mix of high and low speed corners and a rather bumpy track, the Spanish Grand Prix never fails to impress.

Behind the two Mercedes drivers, Verstappen was back on form taking the podium in third place. A well-deserved achievement following his crash with Red Bull teammate in Baku. This was also the first race this season where Verstappen didn’t make contact with another driver!

Vettel started well but despite being within touching distance of Hamilton he dropped from second to fourth when Ferrari decided to pit him during a virtual safety car. The German was concerned about his tyres and the drop in places resulted in 6 points being lost in his fight against Hamilton.

It was also a bad day in the office for Haas driver Romain Grosjean who spun straight into the path of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg causing a 3-car crash. Grosjean left the course unsurprisingly deflated and with a three-place grid penalty at Monaco.

Our driver of the day was Fernando Alonso for his outstanding overtaking throughout the race; the most memorable manoeuver taking place at turn three after the safety car, where he steamed past Esteban Ocon. Also worth a mention was his pass on Charles Leclerc on the virtual safety car restart. Alonso will certainly be up for the fight again in Monaco.

The results of the Spanish Grand Prix

The results of Spanish Grand Prix leave Mercedes on top and Hamilton looking supreme in 1st place over other drivers and teams. Hamilton is now one of a very small number of drivers to have won three grand prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Coming up…

We now turn to the most prestigious race in the Formula 1 calendar and are extremely excited to see the events that will unfold in Monaco. Will Red Bull’s Daniel Riccardo pull off another fastest lap? Will the Ferrari engineers cause more uproar in their interpretation of the FIA’s rule book? More importantly though, can Hamilton extend his lead further, or will the pressures of the Monaco race track prove too much for the Mercedes team? It’s certainly not one to miss!

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When and where was it?

Date: 13/05/2018
Venue: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya

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