Mercedes' Hamilton, Bottas finish 1-2 at Spanish Grand Prix

Sirotkin speaks to Sky Sports

Sirotkin speaks to Sky Sports

With two podiums in the first four races, the Ferrari driver can still take some respite from his promising start to the campaign despite a disappointing day in Barcelona.

Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead at the summit of the Formula One championship after a crushing win at the Spanish Grand Prix while his rival Sebastian Vettel faltered to fourth. Things didn't go almost as well for many other top drivers, though, as Valtteri Botas blew a tyre in the final stages, while Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen each failed to finish the race for the second time this season.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said his dominant Spanish Grand Prix victory had revitalised him after a hard start to the season.

Red Bull chief Christian Horner told Sky F1: "I think we did everything we could strategically.

A 1-2 for the team", Hamilton said. "The best ones are sensitive and fragile", he said. We debated it again. "And having a good weekend and putting it on pole and winning by a solid margin is very good for his confidence and anybody's confidence in the team".

"Today the vehicle and myself, I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year", said Hamilton as he celebrated his 64th career win.

After edging out Bottas for pole, Hamilton roared off the line to retain his lead on the 200mph charge to the opening bend, while Vettel got the jump on Bottas after a gutsy move around the outside of the Finn. "Calmly, we need to analyze the reasons, and they are various, which prevented us from exploiting the potential we demonstrated in the previous races". After retiring in Baku, the Frenchman was full of optimistic coming in to Spain, but was forced to retire on lap 44 due to power failure.

"Today, the auto and myself, I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year", Hamilton said.

"We went to Melbourne, the vehicle performed well, he was in the lead, solid, and then suddenly he found himself behind a Ferrari and couldn't overtake".

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

"Our understanding of the auto and the improvements that we're making are important too".

"That feeling that I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight, because I know I've done my job this weekend to the maximum and I didn't leave anything on the table, there's no better feeling". He did not look able to threaten Hamilton however, with Mercedes optimistic that they are getting to grips wth the issue of the tyre operating window.

The driver was okay but the auto suffered massive damage.

But a sluggish stop saw Vettel, who had been running second, drop to fourth.

Wolff, whose cars made a single stop each and brought home a one-two, said Vettel's VSC stop did not come as a surprise given the way Red Bull had pulled off Chinese GP victory with a similar strategy earlier this year.

Mercedes held firm to their one-stop plan.

Wolff said he was "worried" about Monaco, adding: "We have seen in the last years there were tracks that suited us well and some we weren't ideal". "Ferrari did the opposite".

"In the debrief [with the engineers], I was very particular on what I want them to work on". This question topped the list of most repeated questions to Vettel post-race! Sensitive nerves no longer jangling, Hamilton leaves Barcelona with the assured calm he has been looking for since reeling from that shell-shocked second in Melbourne.

Kevin Magnussen finished sixth in his Banbury-prepared Haas, with Carlos Sainz in seventh place for the Enstone-based Renault team at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Sauber's Charles Leclerc put in another sterling performance to claim a point in 10th.

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