Hamilton sees off Vettel in enthralling Barcelona battle

Vettel leads the points and either he or Hamilton will look for their second Spanish Grand Prix wins, while if Bottas turns in another start like he did in Russian Federation, he could well extend that streak of variety to 11 drivers in 11 years.

Hamilton punched the air in delight as he crossed the line.

That left the sole remaining Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo to claim the remaining podium spot, the Australian finishing some 75 seconds in arrears of Vettel.

Indeed, it came within inches of ending in tears after Hamilton was forced off the circuit when he attempted to pass Vettel for the lead. The British driver suffered some wheel spin at the start, which helped Vettel to take the lead as they entered turn 1 of the first lap. With Bottas holding down Vettel for a few laps, Hamilton was able to close the gap and eventually pounce. Pascal Wehrlein finished in the top ten to bring home Sauber's first points of the season, whilst Force India finished fourth and fifth to consolidate their fourth place in the championship.

"I lost almost two kilos during the race".

Hamilton finished the 66-lap contest 3.5 seconds ahead of the four-time champion German, having blasted past him to regain the lead after 44 laps.

Vettel was now in the chase for Hamilton who came in on lap 37 for new tires, followed shortly by Vettel.

However, the Mercedes was now on faster soft tyres, as compared to the mediums on the Ferrari.

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Previous year in Spain, the Mercedes drivers collided at the start - leaving Hamilton 43 points adrift of Rosberg.

"The majority of races we do, you get into the first stint, you realise you're second, so you have to back off, save your tyres, so you're driving at 80 percent, so you have loads of energy", he told United Kingdom broadcasters Channel 4.

But, Vettel had to lament for wasting the lead he got at the beginning of the race. The virtual safety vehicle was deployed when Stoffel Vandoorne crashed into Felipe Massa and Mercedes caught Ferrari on the hop by pitting Hamilton.

It meant that Hamilton would be on the quicker tyre after the second round of pit stops, allowing him to attack. On went the soft tyre and Hamilton was released.

As the German raced away from the pit lane he emerged wheel-to-wheel with Hamilton.

Vettel is a very emotional driver; when he's performing well, he's seemingly unbeatable.

In taking that momentous win, the Dutch teenager benefited from a crash between race favorites Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg when their dueling Mercedes collided just three turns after the start. I pulled the clutch in and could gain on him.

Stewards investigated the incident and made a decision to take no further action.

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