Twitter Reacts: Lewis Hamilton Wins the 2018 Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole position since the opening round

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole position since the opening round

Britain's Lewis Hamilton drove his Mercedes to victory in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix for his second victory of the season.

Hamilton's strong run helped Mercedes re-establish order at the top of the field after seeing Ferrari dominate most of the early season.

Reigning world champion Hamilton has less than a year left on his Mercedes contract, but the 33-year-old says that a new deal will be signed soon. "Let's keep it up".

The stop moved Bottas back into second, and elevated Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen to third, with Vettel dropping to fourth after a slow stop. "It worked out for Ricciardo and Verstappen in Shanghai and this is probably what they were thinking and I fully understand why they did it". "Today the vehicle and myself, I felt that synergy which I haven't felt this year". I was feeling good.

While Hamilton won in Baku, his dominant performance in winning from pole position in Barcelona leaves the championship leader confident Mercedes will be able to maintain that level. This win was his 64th career victory and third in this circuit.

"I remember like it was yesterday sitting at home playing this computer game as Michael", Hamilton said.

He also has a record 30 successive races in the points.

Vettel put their drop in form down to three things: speed, tyres - referring to the change in tread depth for this specific race - and reliability.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth in the second Red Bull; Magnussen in the Haas in sixth; Renault's Carlos Sainz in seventh.

At the start, Lewis Hamilton darted out to a solid lead while Sebastian Vettel settled into the slipstream behind the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton pulled away early and was able to comfortably control the pace of the race through to the end, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of his teammate. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): +27.584s 5.

"The next race in Monaco could be hard for us", Bottas said.

"I think for the team, I think it has been a struggle", Hamilton said after qualifying.

Vettel won in Australia and Bahrain, while Ricciardo was first in China. Most of the action took place during a first-lap incident involving Romain Grosjean of Haas, Nico Hulkenberg of Renault and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso, forcing all three drivers to retire and prompting the deployment of the safety auto.

When the safety auto peeled into the pit-lane on lap 7, Hamilton made a decisive break at the front, stretching his lead to more than 7sec over the next 10 laps.

Grosjean has been handed a three-place grid penalty at the next race in Monaco for his actions on the first lap.

Bottas claimed his first Spanish Grand Prix podium, while Verstappen's race was compromised late on when he damaged his front wing running into the back of Williams' Lance Stroll.

"But then of course there's always a part of me not happy being second because I want to win races - but it's still a long year ahead and, I'm a racer but I'm also a team player".

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