Lewis Hamilton won comfortably at The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to maintain his lead at the top of the Driver’s Championship standings.
The five-time and defending champion Hamilton started the race on the front row, behind his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who took pole position.
Hamilton and Bottas had being duelling throughout the weekend, constantly setting faster laps as they exchanged places in both free practice and qualifying.
Hamilton however, passed Bottas on the very first corner of the race and never seemed like relinquishing his lead as the two Mercedes’ left everybody else trailing.
A crash with 20 laps to go, meant the safety car was introduced, but the Briton managed to maintain his lead to take the chequered flag and his 3rd victory of the season.
Ferrari suffered a disappointingly lacklustre weekend as both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were bested by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who clinched the final podium place.
In a suprise result Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo could only manage a position of 12th, outside of the points after a shocking qualifying session. Their mediocre season thus continues.
Having completed 5 rounds of the 21, Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship ahead of teammate Bottas by 7 points, and nearest rival Verstappen by 46.
After five consecutive one-two’s Mercedes lead Ferrari in the Constructor’s Championship by an astonishing 96 points, in what was supposed to be their toughest title challenge.
After only a quarter of the season gone, Mercedes are touted to become the first-ever team to win every single race of an F1 season, as experts and pundits are heaping praise on the team. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/48248600
The next round of racing begins with practice on 23rd May at the legendary Circuit de Monaco, one of the standout events of the F1 calendar. There is no doubt that Red Bull and Ferrari will be looking to close the gap.