Hamilton wins Formula One Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona

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"It is definitely a year where you have to take the rough with the smooth and capitalise on every opportunity". "We let him down in Melbourne and that stays in your mind and now he has put these things behind him and had a very good weekend". The team did an exceptional job. I didn't know what the pace would be. "Strength in depth. I hope it can continue".

"I was told by the team to stop the vehicle", Raikkonen said". "I have some catching up to do overall in terms of the points, so I will be aiming to do as well as I can". Vettel said: "I was happy with the lap".

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after taking pole on Saturday.

Ferrari - Lack of performance of flawed strategy?

Mercedes regained the lead in the constructors' standings from Ferrari, who had 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen retire from the race. In fact, after winning the first two races of the season, Vettel has failed to finish on the podium.

Vettel explained that Ferrari had little option than to pit again, as the Prancing Horse simply could not use the tyres as efficiently as Mercedes and Red Bull. However, Ferrari caught everyone by surprise when they chose to call Vettel in the pits (under the VSC period) for the second time.

"Everything we put on the auto seems to work and that's important", Vettel said. Obviously, if you look from the outside it's easy. We were just not quick enough and even at the end I was not in a healthy shape with the tires even though mine were the freshest.

Vettel was also fourth in Azerbaijan, when he made a mistake while trying to pass Valtteri Bottas late in the race.

"The tyres this weekend are different because we had the change, I think they are a bit harder". Our ambition needs to be that we're better off rather than worse off.

Both Ferrari men delivered sloppy first runs en route to pole position, but because of that, they should have been back on track, on the Super Softs, when their final runs commenced.

Ferrari's day went from bad to worse when Kimi Raikkonen suffered an issue with the auto and pulled over.

Vettel had pitted when the virtual safety auto was deployed to slow the field, something that had played in his favour at previous races.

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Ferrari have had the best vehicle so far this year, but Spain marked a turning point with Mercedes dominating throughout the weekend. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) - +0,6457.

Max Verstappen scored his first podium of the season despite yet another driver error during the race when he tapped Lance Stroll's right rear tyre while under Virtual Safety Car conditions.

Verstappen then hit back of Sirotkin, but despite sustaining damage to his front wing, held off Vettel with relative ease.

But Red Bull can ill afford a repeat between the highly competitive pair, having insisted they apologise to the entire team after their Baku collision cost them valuable points. The race is a 190-mile contest that will run 66 laps around the track. "Hopefully, we can just work from here and score a lot of good results". It was gutsy, especially after the criticism they received after failing to take advantage of the safety auto to pit Hamilton in China.

Haas' Kevin Magnussen finished P6 with Renault's Carlo Sainz in P7. Stewards gave him two penalty points and imposed a three-place grid drop for the next race in Monaco.

Force India's Sergio Perez finished in P9 with Sauber's Charl LeClerc in P10.

The safety car's appearance was brought about by a huge crash that saw Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly wiped out by a spinning Romain Grosjean on the opening lap. Grosjean, whose spin caused the accident, will be heading to the stewards after the race.

Grosjean's spinning vehicle resulted in an array of tyre smoke and the unsighted Hulkenberg and Gasly creamed into the stricken Haas, leaving all three out on the spot.

And finally, it wasn't only a Ferrari power unit that suffered troubles.

Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix was destined to be full of turmoil from before it began, courtesy of rain overnight that cut grip levels at Circuit de Catalunya.

After another incident on Lap 44, Esteban Ocon retired after Verstappen went into the back of his vehicle, while McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne lost power on his auto and was also forced to retire.

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