Strategy, teamwork help Hamilton win Spanish GP over Vettel

Vettel, bidding for his third win of the season, looked in good position after jumping polesitter Hamilton at the start and building up a comfortable early lead.

But an inspired strategic call from Hamilton's Mercedes team won him the race.

The German driver from Scuderia passed Hamilton already on the first lap, and he was leading until the 44th lap when Hamilton used the better tactic of his team and a different type of tires, which eventually made a significant advantage for the Britt. So I think we can be very happy, but today we're not entirely happy because the win was there, the auto was good enough, but the way the race happened it wasn't meant to be. The most important thing is that we were there.

"We'll have a tough fight and I love a challenge".

Sunday, Lewis Hamilton took the Chequered Flag and is back in contention for a 4th drivers' world title on his dramatic win at Barcelona.

Equally as important, Ferrari showed that the upgrades brought by both title contenders to Spain canceled one another out.

"As I said, I didn't say anything bad, just be careful that it was very very very close but I enjoyed it and I was glad I was able to afterwards to have a battle, without any damage nothing lost between the two".

Hamilton and Vettel dominated the race from the start, finishing 75 seconds ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in third, as Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen crashed out within seconds of the lights going out.

The 32-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas driver from Hertfordshire took his 55th career F1 victory today, his second at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and second of the 2017 season.

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His excellent jump from the start allowed him to pass Hamilton at the first turn.

Bottas retired 38 laps later, having started with an engine that had already done four races and was hurriedly shoe-horned into the auto overnight on Friday after a water leak was discovered.

"That's how racing should be", said Hamilton. "We lost four seconds".

The final stint of the race hinged on if Hamilton could make his soft tyres last long enough to prevent Vettel - on the harder medium compound - from fighting back late in the race.

Sebastian Vettel took the lead at the start.

"I had no chance", said Vettel over the radio.

Although improvements have been made over the course of the first five races, the team still needs to find further savings so it can start using ballast to help better balance the auto.

We had one more incident during the opening lap of the race, in which two veterans of this sport participated. They have been proving over and over in the last few years that they are the team to beat.

Raikkonen and Verstappen retired immediately, while Bottas would later retire with an engine problem, but the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers laid the blame for their retirements squarely at Bottas' feet.

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