F1: Hamilton (MBZAMG), Vettel (Ferrari) and Ricciardo (Red Bull) at Barcelona
Sunday, Lewis Hamilton took the Chequered Flag and is back in contention for a 4th drivers’ world title on his dramatic win at Barcelona.
The 3X champion recovered after losing the lead from his 64th Pole to make the most of Key strategic decisions and win with power and precision ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari (NYSE:RACE).
Mr. Hamilton finished the 66-lap race 3.5 secs ahead of the 4X champion Mr. Vettel, roaring past him to regain the lead after 44 laps.
It was his 2nd win in 5 starts this year and the 55th of his career and it brought him within 6 points of Mr. Vettel in the F1 championship race. Mr. Vettel now has 104 points and Mr. Hamilton has 98 points.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished 3rd for Red Bull, more than a min behind the leaders, ahead of Sergio Perez and his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon.
Nico Hulkenberg came home 6th for Renault, ahead of compatriot Pascal Wehrlein of Sauber, who lost his place due to a time penalty for a pit-lane mistake during the race.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz came 8th, but placed 7th, ahead of Russian Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean of Haas.
Every driver, 1, 2 & 3 on the Podium, was lapped during a terrific race that saw Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and last year’s winner, Max Verstappen, crash out on the 1st lap.
MercedesAMG’s Valtteri Bottas, retired when his tired engine failed running 3rd late in the F1 race.
A notable finish outside the points-scoring positions was Fernando Alonso whose McLaren-Honda allowed him to finish a race for the 1st time this year in 12th place.
The F1 world championship continues with the Monaco Grand Prix on 25-27 May. That will also be the Indy 500 weekend where Mr. Alonso will be competing for McLaren-Honda-Andretti.
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