Supreme Lewis Hamilton takes Spanish Grand Prix victory

Alonso and the updated Mc Laren MCL33

Vettel has fallen 17 points behind Lewis Hamilton after finishing fourth in Barcelona, though he was just a place behind the eventual race-winner before Ferrari pitted him again under the Virtual Safety Car. If the conditions remain cold - air temperature was just 11C for this morning's Formula 2 race - Alonso will have the benefit of starting on a lower working range tyre than his rivals in the top ten that should means he has more grip right from the start of the race. That is another positive but I think not every win doesn't feel as great as that one does.

"I've said many times this team is strong and we have a lot of potential, but we also need to make sure we address the problems that we have and work together in the same direction".

The victory will be hugely pleasing and of some relief to the British driver and his team.

As soon as Hamilton led into Turn 1 his victory did not appear to be in doubt, with the Mercedes able to open up a comfortable gap to the chasing Vettel behind.

"Sebastian's front left was really bad, they needed to pit, and we were a little bit anxious that structurally we could have a failure, so that's why we chose to pit Lewis as well", said Wolff. He did not look able to threaten Hamilton however, with Mercedes optimistic that they are getting to grips wth the issue of the tyre operating window.

Ferrari surrendered the lead in the constructors' championship to Mercedes and now trail them by 27 points after five races.

Meanwhile, in the midfield, Romain Grosjean lost the rear end of his vehicle at Turn 3 and spun.

All three drivers were unhurt but it was an exceptionally unsafe incident and why Grosjean kept his foot on the gas as he span, causing smoke that unsighted the following drivers, seems inexplicable.

He took pole position in qualifying in a Mercedes lockout of the front row, and was never seriously challenged from the moment the race began.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory in Barcelona.

Vettel has been the one-lap master this year following a hat-trick of poles, but the Ferrari man had no answer for an inspired Hamilton here on Saturday.

Haas and Force India had the best showings of the teams behind the top three of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

In Barcelona, Verstappen did a fine job holding off Vettel and restored some credibility to seal a second podium of the season. On lap 41, a virtual safety auto was brought out when Esteban Ocon parked his Force India on a risky part of the track.

He then spent the rest of the race trailing Max Verstappen, despite the Red Bull having front wing damage and Vettel being on new medium tyres.

Potentially they may have believed with their first stop so early they could not make the flag with only one stop.

Montreal's Lance Stroll, who drives for Williams, finished in 11th place. The 37-year-old was sitting behind Hamilton in second on lap 26 when he experienced trouble with the auto and was subsequently overtaken by both Red Bull drivers and fell into 17th.

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