F1 round-up: Hamilton beats Vettel in thrilling duel in Spain

Hamilton wins Spanish GP ahead of Vettel

Hamilton wins Spanish GP ahead of Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo scored a first podium finish of the season, but the fact that the Red Bull was over a minute and a quarter behind the lead two drivers takes a bit of the shine away from the result.

That lasted two laps just as it was about to end Mercedes called Hamilton in for a set of soft tyres, an inspired gamble with 30 laps to go.

Red Bull were relying heavily on upgrades being brought to the RB13, hoping to bridge the sizeable gap between the Tilbrook team and the Mercedes and Ferrari cars.

It was a poor day for Williams, with Massa finishing in 13th and Stroll in 16th, and for McLaren it was worse still, with Alonso failing to shine in front of his home crowd and finishing 12th, and Vandoorne out on lap 34. Both the drivers carried on after the incident and Alonso managed to finish in 12th position ahead of Filipe Massa. He was so fast up ahead, it was such a push to keep up.

It was expected that Hamilton would pit on the following lap, but the British driver was told to stay out as Mercedes switched up their strategy. This put Valtteri Bottas into the lead, though he was yet to make a pit stop.

Hamilton then produced a great move to pass Vettel at the start of lap 44, powering past him on the outside of the straight, leaving his rival feeling helpless to resist. Valtteri Bottas had made the best start of anyone but, knowing that there was no way past Vettel, jumped on to the brakes slightly earlier than most.

"It could have been close, there could have been contact but fortunately I avoided it", Hamilton said.

Championship leader Vettel bemoaned the eight seconds he lost to Hamilton in the second stops but felt the Scuderia could not have done any more. Vettel took on the soft tyre, the quickest, but less durable of the three compounds available here this weekend.

Four-time title victor Vettel admitted he and Hamilton were "not best friends" but that he had "nothing to moan about" in the manner of defeat.

Hamilton will now head to the next round in Monaco just six points shy of the man he is bidding to join on four world titles following a dramatic race in which the championship protagonists diced on track for the first time this season.

The Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finished astern in fourth and fifth. Brit Jolyon Palmer, of Renault, was 15th of 16 finishers.

Sauber also managed to impress with its performance scoring their first points as Pascal Wehrlein finished eighth, despite a five second penalty for failing to stay on the correct side of the pit entry bollard. Nevertheless, the Spanish GP was the first race this season that he actually completed.

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