Hamilton wins Spanish GP by 20 seconds, Vettel 4th

This was the first time this year that Mercedes had dominated a weekend.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who now trails Hamilton by 17 points in the drivers' standings, was only fourth after a change in strategy didn't pay off.

Still, there are a lot of good signs for Ferrari.

Vettel won this race back in 2011.

"Lewis was solidly in the lead in Melbourne and suddenly he was behind the Ferrari". "It is always a hard decision to make and we debated it here again and for us it was clear that track position was more important", he said.

How did Mercedes turn it around? "He was doing more or less the same [lap times] with the damage". Victory here will have given the defending champion the impetus he has felt has been lacking for the past three races.

"I think, as a team, this weekend we have been flawless, and we just need to continue like that and for me also the wins are going to come", Bottas said. "I have some catching up to do overall in terms of the points, so I will be aiming to do as well as I can". After five races, we have a much better understanding of the auto, of what we need to do to get the vehicle working.

Nevertheless, Hamilton definitely made a decisive personal step forward in Spain.

That also applies to the rest of the front runners and if Hamilton is truly back in the groove then his rivals simply have to be at the top of their game.

Hamilton also became the first F1 driver to finish in the points in 30 consecutive races. This win was his 64th career victory and third in this circuit.

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"I remember like it was yesterday sitting at home playing this computer game as Michael", Hamilton said. I wouldn't say I had ideal synergy, but nearly.

"I think as a team this weekend we've been flawless".

Hamilton may have needed a huge stroke of luck to clinch his first victory of the season last time out in Baku - but it was all down to him and a superior vehicle in Barcelona. However it came about. "Starting fifth and sixth, you are in the dirty air, you're in the mess at the start, and I think if we can just get a little higher up the grid then bigger results are going to come".

"For us it was not an option to stay out", he told Sky F1. There are a couple of things, as I said. "It feels nice to be on the podium and nice to have a good, clean race".

Grosjean was punished with a three-place grid penalty for the next round in Monaco. There were several theories floated for that.

Brendon Hartley in the Toro Rosso crashed at turn nine in final practice and his auto was extensively damaged. The fans will have wanted more but at this stage in the season, this untroubled procession is exactly what he and Mercedes required.

Wolff said: "We have been pretty competitive in winter testing". I didn't know what the pace would be. But there was no proof of that.

In Q3, however, the contenders for pole position did their first run on the Super Soft tyre and it was Hamilton who gave the first blow; going more than half a second faster than Vettel. Find us on Facebook too!

Sebastian Vettel is concerned but not panicked after falling even further behind in the world championship battle in Spain.

"We got a fair beating this weekend", he said.

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