Hamilton cruises to victory in Spanish GP; Vettel finishes 4th

Updated mirrors for Vettel’s Ferrari SF71H at Spanish GP

But instead of challenging Hamilton, Bottas - who was only four-tenths shy of Hamilton following a great qualifying run on Saturday - was passed up the inside by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at Turn One.

Bottas claimed his first Spanish Grand Prix podium, while Verstappen's race was compromised late on when he damaged his front wing running into the back of Williams' Lance Stroll.

Later in the race Verstappen was running fourth when he clipped his front wing on a Williams under the virtual safety vehicle, but the damage was not significant and he didn't have to make an extra stop.

Vettel only just ended up behind Verstappen when putting under the VSC, but the Ferrari driver was less concerned about analyzing if he could have stayed ahead and believes the system to slow cars when there's an incident needs revisiting.

Though Bottas appeared comfortable in second place at the chequered flag, Toto Wolff admitted Mercedes were concerned after noticing blisters on his tyres in the last few laps.

Both Red Bulls went long into their first stints and Hamilton had caught Verstappen who held the lead by lap 32 but was not under pressure, having a solid lead over Vettel. "I've not had pole for a while", Hamilton said. May have looked wrong, but it wasn't. The Briton started the race on pole and managed to retain the lead throughout despite close competition from Ferrari and Red Bull.

After the early safety vehicle for a multi-car crash caused by Haas driver Romain Grosjean in Turn Three, Hamilton bolted at the re-start and had a 1.4-second lead at the end of the first racing lap.

The race got off to a chaotic start due to Romain Grosjean losing control. His retirement prompted a virtual safety auto and Ferrari chose to take the free pit stop with Vettel but they botched the stop and he lost a spot to Max Verstappen's Red Bull.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull, ahead of Denmark's Kevin Magnussen for Haas and Spaniards Carlos Sainz (Renault) and Fernando Alonso (eighth for McLaren).

Lap 59 saw Perez pass Sauber's Charles Leclerc to increase his team's points haul for the race.

The race started with high drama as Grosjean made an inexplicable error. Haas driver Romain Grosjean lost control of his auto and spun in front of a chasing pack. Generally he likes spinning, but on the first lap is not a good time to do it with everyone there. He was able to stay out a further eight laps, ultimately taking the medium rubber in a clean stop on lap 26.

Monaco in two weeks' time.

"I think with the strong vehicle we had today there would've been opportunities later".

"During the whole weekend it has been tough to find the right balance on these new tires, but I see no reason for not being optimistic for the next race", Vettel said.

"Overall we were a little bit quicker [than Verstappen] but as the laps went on, we just didn't have enough pace", he added.

"To get the one-two, it's such a great result for everyone".



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