Lewis Hamilton says victory in Spain was a 'rejuvenating experience'

Lewis Hamilton says victory in Spain was a 'rejuvenating experience'

That was perhaps no more evident than at the Spanish Grand Prix where Vettel fell from the podium after a qualifying position of third to finish fourth - although Ferrari themselves took the brunt of the blame from fans.

Vertappen held off Vettel for a first podium finish of the season despite damaging a front wing when he ran into Lance Stroll's Williams after the virtual safety vehicle restart.

Grosjean teammate, Kevin Magnussen, finished best of the midfield drivers in sixth thanks to Kimi Raikkonen's lap-25 retirement with a power unit problem, and Renault's Carlos Sainz came home seventh.

Mexican Sergio Perez was ninth for Force India and Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc took the final point for Sauber.

Hamilton had a clean start, with Vettel moving from third to second by passing Bottas on the outside of Turn 1.

"To think that it is my 64th career win, but it still feels like my first, is special and unique in its own way".

A first pole position since March on Saturday was followed by a peerless show of front-running from the Englishman on Sunday, particularly in the opening stint when Hamilton pulled away from Vettel by in excess of half-a-second per lap.

He said, "Today I felt a synergy with the vehicle that I hadn't been feeling all year". "It's a good feeling".


After a hard start to the season Verstappen could not even buy a trouble-free race and he lost some front wing after clipping the Williams of Lance Stroll on the restart after the VSC, although he was able to continue without stopping again. It's fantastic for the team to get the front row.

"Monaco is a tough track so I just hope the weather's good there", added Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel is concerned but not panicked after falling even further behind in the world championship battle in Spain. But it's unclear what impact the upgrades have had on the competitive order, beyond Ferrari seeming to fall behind Mercedes in qualifying pace and also fall behind Merc and Red Bull on race pace. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) + 20.593, 3. "So we need to stay calm and humble, because it can be a different ball game again next time".

"Then we said, "The cars are too slow, let's put more aerodynamics and make them wider, more spectacular". I think it was the right thing to do. Max Verstappen (Red Bull): +26.873s 4.

Daniel Ricciardo was behind his teammate all day. "We have found some pace, there is still a bit more to find, but overall a pretty good end to a Friday".

"The fact that the sun was out mostly this weekend was most important compared to the other races, but the following tracks will give us a much better understanding of what's going on".

"It just still is very, very surreal to think that every now and then I keep coming up against Michael in terms of records and it just reminds me of what a great he was", said the Briton, now 27 races short of the German's all time tally of wins.

"I am going to sleep like a baby tonight because I know I did my job this weekend to the maximum and I did not leave anything on the table".

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