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2017 Spain GP (Barcelona): Formula One F1 Race Results - Hamilton, Mercedes Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on May 14, 2017 - 09:37 AM
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2017 Spain GP (Barcelona): Formula One F1 Race Results - Hamilton, Mercedes Win!


By Mike Sulka

Great race! Excitement throughout! Lewis Hamilton and his No. 44 Mercedes has won a thrilling 2017 Formula One F1 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain. For Hamilton, it is his second victory of the year. Hamilton now has 55 career victories - 2nd all-time behind Michael Schumacher (91). It was also Hamilton's 108th career podium which is second on the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher (155). It was also Hamilton's second win in Spain.

For Mercedes, it is the team's third win of the year.

Sebastian Vettel and his No. 5 Ferrari had a great start, but an un-timely virtual safety car blew up his tyre strategy. Vettel picked up his fifth podium of the season, and 91st career podium. Vettel is 5th on the all-time list behind Fernando Alonso (97). Vettel's drivers points lead is still six points.

has won the 2017 Formula One F1 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain. For Vettel, it is his third victory of the year. Vettel now has 45 career victories - 4th all-time behind Alain Prost.

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) would pick up his first podium of the year - due to the retirements of Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari). It is his 19th career podium.

Sergio Perez (Force India), and Esteban Ocon (Force India) would round out the top five. A very solid run by the pink team.

Recap

It was chaos at the start of the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) would get a great start, and leave polesitter Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) in his wake. Behind Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) would make contact after Valtteri Bottas' (Mercedes) left front would hit Raikkonen's left rear. The incident would leave Raikkonen at the side of the track with a broken left suspension, while Verstappen would return to the pits. Fernando Alonso would be forced off the track by Felipe Massa (Williams). The McLaren Honda would make a run through the gravel and leave him back in 11th after starting 7th. Alonso would be extremely upset with Massa over the incident.

The Stewards will investigate, and find no action warranted.

By Lap 8, Lewis Hamilton reported that "It's not easy to keep up with (Vettel)". The Ferrari race pace was clearly taking hold.

On Lap 15, Vettel would pit from the lead take on soft tyres, and return to the track in P4 behind the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel would jet past Ricciardo. Next up Bottas 10 seconds ahead (with a pitstop coming).

Vettel would catch up Bottas by Lap 22, while Hamilton would peel off and take on medium tyres. Bottas would hold up Vettel to help Hamilton. On Lap 25, Vettel would make a double move to get past Bottas' double-move trying to protect the lead. Bottas would then move over and let Hamilton past.

Just when it looked like Vettel's strategy was working, Felipe Massa would have an accident with another McLaren Honda, this time Stoffel Vandoorne. The incident would bring out the virtual safety car.

Hamilton would pit just as the VSC period expired and took on soft tyres. Vettel would pit the next lap and take on mediums. Vettel would exit the pits and enter a dog fight with Hamilton. The pair would touch with Hamilton dropping back. Hamilton complains, "That was dangerous."

A lap later, the Mercedes engine of Valtteri Bottas gave up leaving the Russian Grand Prix winner at the side of the track in a cloud of smoke. The result would eliminate Mercedes potential points pick-up in the constructors fight.

Hamilton would hound Vettel until Lap 44 when he would get a run that would get him past Vettel at Turn One. Hamilton would ask his pitwall for guidance regarding his tyres as his rears were overheating. Hamilton would then say, "I've got to get away, he's going to be quicker at the end."

Despite the concern, Hamilton would continue at the front until the end to take victory.

The one question we had, was whether Ferrari made a mistake not immediately pitting Vettel after the Bottas incident. Ricciardo was way back, so Vettel could have had clear track and much fresher soft tyres until the end. We'll never know, but Ferrari will want to review that situation closely and see what the race simulations say.

Next up, the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks.

 




























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