MercedesAMG: Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas
Mr. Hamilton’s 3rd win this season, 76th of his career and 3rd in a row in Spain (4th in total). He retook the championship lead and an extra point for the fastest lap, and led from the 1st corner after starting 2nd on the grid, Mr. Bottas on Pole. The 1-2 finish was the 5th running for the Silver Arrows, the best ever start to a season. The team are now 96 points clear of Ferrari.
Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel 4, Charles Leclerc 5
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) lost ground to MercedesAMG in front and Red Bull Racing behind. This was their 2nd race of the season without a podium place. Mr. Vettel braked late into the 1st corner in a bid to seize the lead but went wide and damaged his right front tire. The 2 Ferrari drivers obeyed team orders and 2X swapped places for strategic reasons, not rewarding.
Red Bull Racing: Max Verstappen 3, Pierre Gasly 6
It was Mr. Verstappen’s 2nd podium of the season, lifting him above Mr. Vettel into 3rd overall. He started 4th and passed Mr. Vettel on Lap 1. Gasly picked up some debris at the toward the end, tried to pass Mr, Leclerc at the restart following the safety car period but could not make the move stick.
McLaren: Carlos Sainz 8, Lando Norris DNF
Mr. Sainz. the only Spanish driver in the race finished in the points and did some overtaking in a race with little real excitement. Mr. Norris tangled with Lance Stroll while trying to pass on the inside at Turn 1 in an incident that brought out the Safety Car with 20 laps remaining and led to both drivers’ retirement.
Racing Point: Sergio Perez 15, Lance Stroll DNF
Racing Point lacked pace and lost ground to McLaren, with Team Haas now breathing down their necks. Mr. Perez said it was a race to forget, while team principal Otmar Szafnauer said Mr. Norris had been ‘over optimistic’ for the move on Stroll.
HAAS: Kevin Magnussen 7, Romain Grosjean 10
Barcelona was the 1st double points finish of the season for Haas, and 1st point of the year for Mr. Grosjean. The 2 touched on Lap 53, when Mr. Magnussen took 7th. Mr. Grosjean then lost out to Mr. Sainz and Daniil Kvyat but held off Alexander Albon for 10th.S
Alfa Romeo: Kimi Raikkonen 14, Antonio Giovinazzi 16
Mr. Raikkonen’s run of scoring in every race this season ended, while Mr. Giovinazzi’s blank continued. The Italian started 18th on the grid, with Raikkonen 14th.
Renault: Daniel Ricciardo 12, Nico Hulkenberg 13
Mr. Hulkenberg started from the Pit Lane after a change of front wing. Mr. Ricciardo had a 3 place grid drop carried over from Baku and started 13th, passing Mr. Sainz early before pitting for hard tires and then losing the place again. The team dropped a place, leapfrogged by Haas.
Toro Roso: Daniil Kvyat 9, Alexander Albon 11
The Honda-powered team made up 2 points on Renault, with Mr. Kvyat scoring for the 1st time since Australia.
Williams: George Russell 17, Robert Kubica 18
Last again, with Mr. Hamilton lapping Mr. Kubica after just 19 laps. Both cars were a lap down at the finish, despite the Safety Bar bunching up the Grid. Mr. Russell started 19th, Mr. Kubica 17th.
Monaco next, stay tuned…
Have a terrific week.
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