Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two at 2019 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

Mercedes-AMG’s current domination of the rest of the Formula 1 field continued over the weekend at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, with the team on Sunday ratcheting up its fifth one-two finish in five races.

It was reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton who crossed the line first, with teammate Valtteri Bottas coming in four seconds behind. Rounding out the top three was Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.

Bottas started the race on pole but a clutch issue meant he was unable to get off the line as quickly as his teammate. Hamilton at second on the grid was in the lead by the first corner and didn’t let up from there. The Briton also ran the fastest lap at the Circuit de Catalunya, the fifth time he’s done so.

2019 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel also enjoyed a superb start, to the extent that he managed to come around the outside of Hamilton and Bottas at the first corner. However, the German’s wheels locked, which saw him run wide, letting Verstappen slip past. Vettel would eventually cross the line fourth followed by fellow Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in fifth, with the two challenging each other for position.

Then, on lap 45, a collision between McLaren’s Lando Norris and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll at Turn 2 brought out the safety car, leading Ferrari to bring Leclerc in for medium tires so he would have a better chance to pass Verstappen. Unfortunately, neither he nor Vettel were able to catch up with the Dutchman. The Norris and Stroll crash was later determined to be a racing incident.

Hamilton has reclaimed the lead in the 2019 Drivers’ Championship with 112 points while Bottas has fallen to second with 105 points. Verstappen has moved into third with 66 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes leads with 217 points versus the 121 of Ferrari and 87 of Red Bull. Teams will now stay at the Circuit de Catalunya to conduct some tests. The next race on the calendar is the Monaco Grand Prix in a fortnight.

2019 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

2019 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

Below are the full results from the 2019 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix:

1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG
2) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG +4.074 seconds
3) Max Verstappen, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing +7.679 seconds
4) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari +9.167 seconds
5) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari +13.361 seconds
6) Pierre Gasly, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing +19.576 seconds
7) Kevin Magnussen, Haas +28.159 seconds
8) Carlos Sainz, McLaren +32.342 seconds
9) Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso +33.056 seconds
10) Romain Grosjean, Haas +34.641 seconds
11) Alexander Albon, Toro Rosso +35.445 seconds
12) Daniel Ricciardo, Renault +36.758 seconds
13) Nico Hulkenberg, Renault +39.241 seconds
14) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo +41.803 seconds
15) Sergio Perez, Racing Point +46.877 seconds
16) Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo +47.691 seconds
17) George Russell, Williams +1 lap
18) Robert Kubica, Williams +1 lap
Ret) Lance Stroll, Racing Point
Ret) Lando Norris, McLaren

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