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 HamiltonMercedes331363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari264317
77Valtteri BottasMercedes207305
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari196205
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing173168
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing146200
11Sergio PerezForce India53100
20Kevin MagnussenHaas5319
27Nico HulkenbergRenault5343
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren5017
31Esteban OconForce India4987
55Carlos SainzRenault3954
8Romain GrosjeanHaas3128
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso280
16Charles LeclercSauber21 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren813
18Lance StrollWilliams640
9Marcus EricssonSauber60
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso20
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams1 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Mercedes538668
Ferrari460522
Red Bull Racing319368
Renault9257
Haas Ferrari8447
McLaren Renault5830
Force India Mercedes43187
Toro Rosso Honda3053
Sauber Ferrari275
Williams Mercedes783
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
United States21/10/2018   
Japan07/10/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Max Verstappen
Russia20/09/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel 
Singapore16/09/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenSebastian Vettel
Italy02/09/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenValtteri Bottas
Belgium26/08/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen
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
Mexico28/10/2018   
Brazil11/11/2018   
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

 

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