Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
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Lewis Hamilton snatches Spanish GP pole, Daniel Ricciardo qualifies sixth

Lewis Hamilton snatches Spanish GP pole, Daniel Ricciardo qualifies sixth

Taking his second consecutive win of the season, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton led the 2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix to the chequered flag.

The team principal, Toto Wolff, stressed the importance of the race for Hamilton. "Let's keep this up".

Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished second ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Vettel having to settle for fourth after being forced into a second pit stop.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen came third, followed by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany in fourth. This was also Mercedes' first one-two of the campaign and sent them back on top. "I felt really comfortable in the vehicle". I was feeling good.

Both Ferrari men delivered sloppy first runs en route to pole position, but because of that, they should have been back on track, on the Super Softs, when their final runs commenced. Verstappen has good memories here, as he captured his first ever F1 win in Barcelona in 2016, while Ricciardo finished third at this race past year. He has some serious records.

It was a lonely race for Kevin Magnussen, finishing in sixth place.

"It's a bit early to say, but I would like to hope it could be part of the turning point", he said.

Speaking after his victory Hamilton stated that he was pleased with his vehicle and also praised the supporters.

Behind the leading four, despite being fast and setting the fastest lap of the race, Daniel Ricciardo brought the second Red Bull home in fifth.

Hamilton had a clean start, with Vettel moving from third to second by passing Bottas on the outside of Turn 1.

"The team have been working very hard to understand the tyres and how the auto works, so I think it all came together this weekend".

But Vettel struggled with tire wear and Ferrari chose to bring him in for an extra stop. Raikkonen retired after cruising back to the pits with reduced power. "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.

"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.

Valtteri Bottas finished second to give Mercedes their first one-two finish of the season and help the team reclaim the lead in the constructors' championship from Ferrari.

He had won in Bahrain and in the season-opener in Australia, when he wasn't as dominant as Hamilton but took advantage of a safety auto to win on race strategy.

A quick look at the race highlights from the Spanish GP. Most of the action took place during a first-lap incident involving Romain Grosjean of Haas, Nico Hulkenberg of Renault and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso, forcing all three drivers to retire and prompting the deployment of the safety auto.

Cleanup required a safety vehicle, extending the streak of safety auto (or virtual safety car) appearances to five this season.

"If you look from outside it's easier, but inside the vehicle, we were going through the tyres too quick".

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