Hamilton Bounces Back with Sensational Spanish GP Win

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo Spain Sunday

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo Spain Sunday

Vettel held off Hamilton's Mercedes for four laps, but a good exit to the final corner allowed Hamilton to charge straight past on the main straight using DRS.

"It was very close into Turn One", said Hamilton.

Hamilton has cut the gap on Vettel at the top of the standings to six points after five rounds of this year's Formula 1 championship with his second victory of the season and 55th overall.

Hamilton then had to pass the Ferrari driver on track to win his second race of the season.

"But it worked so I was really happy but equally I looked down and I'd lost an bad lot of time so I wasn't that happy because the real fight was with Lewis".

"And then the magic call was the one to take the pitstop at a time when it looked like the VSC would end soon". "I slipped into fourth and from that point on I realised Kimi was out of the race and my position was probably going to be a lonely one for the next 66 laps". "My start was not good enough - I got a bit of wheel-spin and I will have to talk to my guys about that, but the team did a great job this weekend". And the Brit almost went ahead right after Vettel's second stop, as the German came out from the pit lane only inches ahead of his rival.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate, Finn Valtteri Bottas, also retired when his engine failed while he was running third. Vettel eventually got by on a third try, but by then Hamilton had pulled back some valuable seconds. "I felt I was ran out of road and I was alongside, it was definitely close but again as I said, that's how racing should be and I loved it, I wouldn't change it for the world". It was really close, I faked it on the inside, went back on the outside and then on the inside to surprise him which worked but I almost lost the vehicle doing that because I had the DRS open and it was quite an aggressive move on the steering wheel. I don't know if we touched.

"It was really close!"

"He was respectful, and still that respect stayed the same, but I think you could sense he was angry". "You come out on fresh tyres - I was just guessing". (Lewis and I are) not best friends but we have a very strong connection. We should have both been on the podium today. "Obviously it's very disappointing, we had been running quite well all weekend and I was happy with the behavior of the vehicle".

"This is one of the hardest races, to keep up with him, he drove fantastically well so it's such a privilege to race against him".

Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen had been involved in a duel into the first corner and, with the extra speed, came across Bottas.

Raikkonen was sent on a collision course with Verstappen's Red Bull on the outside after contact with the Mercedes, with both cars suffering race-stopping suspension damage. He didn't give me much space, it was close! Due to the contact it meant Kimi lost control and slammed into me, but it wasn't his fault.

Stewards investigated the incident but ruled that no driver was wholly to blame.

"What can I say?" "And I feel for Valtteri".

Bottas, who later retired with a mechanical failure on his auto, also described the incident as unfortunate. "There was no more space".

"Lewis saved the race with an incredible drive", said Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda.

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