The Spanish GP brought cheer to the Mercedes team, with a one-two result for their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen similarly added a much needed podium spot to his year, compensating for his exit in Azerbaijan.

At the outset, it looked like the Spanish GP would be as incident filled as the last race. A first lap incident saw three drivers knocked at turn 3, with Grosjean in his Haas being penalised for the event that also took out Hulkenberg and Gasly.

While Sebastian Vettel managed a good start, hanging on to the tail of Hamilton and staying ahead of Bottas. Even the Vettel pit stop for medium tyres saw Bottas just manage to come out behind the Ferrari that was now in seventh. The two Red Bulls behaved admirably, chasing down Raikkonnen in his Ferrari which was showing up a power issue. Both Red Bulls got ahead, first Verstappen and then Ricciardo.

In the meantime Hamilton had pitted and came out between them, eventually settling in as the leader as both Red Bulls pitted late.

Another virtual safety car incident triggered by Ocon’s Force India halting on the track, saw a flurry of pit activity, but Vettel got unlucky with traffic in the pits and came out behind Bottas and Verstappen. Verstappen got lucky at the point, suffering only light damage as he hit Lance Stroll’s car and choosing to stay out.

At the end Hamilton came in a good twenty seconds ahead of Bottas with Vettel trying his best to catch up with third place Verstappen.

2018 Formula 1 Spain podium
Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Spanish GP 2018. Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas

Post-race Lewis Hamilton said, “I’m really, really happy. I had no idea how the race was going to play out. We got the qualifying right yesterday, but the temperatures were going up and down today, clouds were coming over and we didn’t know if it was going to rain or not. But I got a good start and after that the others didn’t have the pace to keep up with me. I was pulling away almost a second a lap and I was thinking “Yes, let’s keep this up!” – and it stayed that way for the rest of the race. To get our first 1-2 of the season here is a really great result for the team. Everyone’s worked so hard, we had a great pit stop and great strategy. I said that I wanted to come win the way that I won and when I was coming across the line I was just happy that I did as I planned to.”

Bottas added, “we made the right choice when Sebastian pitted under the VSC and decided to stay out. Before the race we thought a one-stop would be nearly impossible, but when we saw the tyres were holding up better than expected we changed our strategy. Of course I would have rather won the race, but the team did a really good job today and their decision secured this 1-2 for us.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes213363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari189317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari146205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes132305
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing118200
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing105168
27Nico HulkenbergRenault5243
20Kevin MagnussenHaas4519
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren4417
11Sergio PerezForce India30100
55Carlos SainzRenault3054
31Esteban OconForce India2987
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso260
8Romain GrosjeanHaas2128
16Charles LeclercSauber13 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren813
9Marcus EricssonSauber50
18Lance StrollWilliams440
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso20
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams0 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Mercedes345668
Ferrari335522
Red Bull Racing223368
Renault8257
Haas Ferrari6647
Force India Mercedes59187
McLaren Renault5230
Toro Rosso Honda2853
Sauber Ferrari185
Williams Mercedes483
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Belgium26/08/2018   
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Italy02/09/2018   
Singapore16/09/2018   
Russia20/09/2018   
Japan07/10/2018   
United States21/10/2018   
Mexico28/10/2018   
Brazil11/11/2018   
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

 

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