F1 2014 Spanish Grand Prix result: Hamilton wins from Rosberg
PUBLISHED: 14:47 11 May 2014 | UPDATED: 17:24 11 May 2014
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona from Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg to take the lead in the world championship.
2014 Spanish Grand Prix result
Provisional top 10:
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
4 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
5 Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
6 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
7 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
8 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
9 Sergio Perez (McLaren)
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
The 29-year-old Mercedes F1 racer from Hertfordshire took a lights to flag victory at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
He finished just ahead of Silver Arrows team-mate Rosberg as Mercedes completed yet another podium one-two – the team’s fourth in a row, a feat last achieved by Mercedes-Benz in 1955.
Hamilton took the chequered flag with Rosberg right on his tail, with the gap just 0.636 seconds at the finish. It was Hamilton’s 26th career victory, his first in the Spanish GP and fourth win out of five races this season.
Ominously for the rest of the pack, no driver who has won four consecutive races has failed to go on and win the World Drivers’ Championship.
F1 2014 World Drivers’ Championship
Standings after Spanish Grand Prix:
1 Lewis Hamilton 100 points
2 Nico Rosberg 97
3 Fernando Alonso 49
4 Sebastian Vettel 45
5 Daniel Ricciardo 39
6 Nico Hulkenberg 37
7 Jenson Button 23
8 Kevin Magnussen 20
9 Sergio Perez 20
After recording his first win in Barcelona, Hamilton said: “It’s fantastic to get my first win here after eight attempts and it’s really difficult to put that feeling into words right now.
“We have our bosses from Mercedes-Benz here today and it’s great for the team that we were able to give them a one-two finish.
“In all my career, I’ve never before had a car or a performance gap like this.”
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo claimed third place for his first ever F1 podium, with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel climbing from 15th on the grid to cross the line fourth after setting the fastest lap of the race late on.
F1 Constructors’ Championship
1 Mercedes 197
2 Red Bull 84
3 Ferrari 66
4 Force India 57
5 Williams 46
6 McLaren 43
Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Williams ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari, with Kimi Raikkonen seventh in the provisional results.
Mercedes’ overwhelming superiority effectively made it a battle for the third and final podium spot behind Hamilton and Rosberg, with the Silver Arrows lapping the back markers just a third of the way through the race.
Of his dramatic battle with Rosberg in the closing laps, Hamilton said: “Nico drove a fantastic race and I struggled to keep him behind, but I just managed it at the end.
“I had the same problems with the car this afternoon that I found yesterday [Saturday] in qualifying. I couldn’t attack the corners properly because of snap oversteer and that’s where Nico was catching me.”
Today’s victory lifted Hamilton three points above Rosberg in the title standings with 100 points after five grands prix. Of the title race, Lewis said: “There’s still a long way to go this season, though, so we are staying humble, getting our heads down and working hard.
“I still have a bit more time to find from the car because it’s very, very close with Nico, so I have to keep working on that. But it’s a great feeling to be leading the championship.”
Runner-up Rosberg said: “The race was so close at the end today and with one more lap, I could have tried to overtake Lewis for the first time.
“My start was bad. It is a weakness that we have and we will try to improve. Once it was clear that I was in second place, we chose to go with the slower strategy using the prime tyres in the middle stint to get a shot at Lewis at the end when I was on the options.
“It was very close but not quite close enough, so naturally I’m disappointed but I can take a lot of positives from this weekend.
“We have an amazing car and my pace was really strong here, so I just need to find an extra little edge to capitalise on.”
Starting from pole position for the fourth race in a row, Hamilton made a terrific start on the long run down to the first corner.
He had pulled more than a second clear of Silver Arrows team-mate Rosberg by the end of the first lap – and, crucially, moved out of DRS range.
The 2008 F1 world champion was soon in the groove, going fastest in all sectors in the opening laps.
Rosberg responded by going purple in sector one, but Hamilton countered with purple in S2, as the Mercedes pair set an incredible pace at the front – more dominant even than Red Bull in recent years.
By lap eight, the Mercs had already pulled 11 seconds clear of Valtteri Bottas’ Williams in third place, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth for Red Bull.
With 12 laps gone, Hamilton’s advantage over second-placed Rosberg was three seconds, with Bottas 18 seconds adrift of the race leader.
Rosberg put the hammer down to trim that lead to 1.6 seconds by quarter distance, before Hamilton made his first stop for option tyres on lap 18.
Hamilton emerged from a sluggish stop for mediums in second place, ahead of Bottas, but 20-plus seconds behind new race leader Rosberg.
Helped by a fastest lap, the Stevenage-born racer reclaimed first place when Rosberg pitted after 21 laps for prime hard tyres, with the team going for split strategies.
Hamilton was 3.6 seconds clear again on lap 23, and lapping the back markers with still two-thirds of the race to go.
"In all my career, I’ve never before had a car or a performance gap like this."
He was nearly 24 seconds ahead of third-placed Ricciardo after 28 laps, with the gap to Vettel’s Red Bull, in ninth, double that margin.
However, Hamilton complained over the Mercedes radio that his “rear end is everywhere”. Despite this issue, Rosberg slipped 4.5 seconds behind the race ace from Tewin approaching the halfway point of the race.
Rosberg responded with a then fastest lap of the race, a 1m 30.763s, as the pendulum swung towards the German driver in the tactical battle at the front.
With 25 laps to go Hamilton held a 3.7 second advantage over his Mercedes colleague in the race for the chequered flag.
The lead was 4.1 seconds on lap 43 when Hamilton made his second stop, pitting for a set of hard tyres.
It was another slow 4.3 seconds stop by Mercedes and Rosberg took the lead, with Hamilton 18.6 seconds behind.
Hamilton was quick on his out lap though, with Rosberg complaining of graining, and the Briton regained the lead once more when the world championship leader pitted for medium tyres on lap 45.
The gap was 4.8 seconds with 19 laps to run, but Rosberg trimmed that to 3.5 seconds by lap 50 of 66 – setting up another grandstand finish.
The rest of the field was nowhere to be seen, with Mercedes’ nearest rival, Ricciardo, 40 seconds adrift.
Hamilton pushed hard for a fastest lap of 1m 29.759s, but Rosberg responded to cut his team-mate’s lead to under two seconds.
The gap between the two front runners fluctuated as first one, then the other recorded a quicker lap, while further down the field Vettel set a fastest lap to climb into sixth place from 15th on the grid. Vettel eventually finished fourth.
Rosberg was within two seconds of Hamilton entering the final 10 laps and gaining fast, as the leaders encountered traffic.
The lead was one second by lap 60, but Hamilton managed to just stay ahead of his Mercedes mate in the closing laps.
Rosberg felt he could have taken Hamilton had the race been one lap longer.
As it was, Hamilton took the chequered flag for his fourth win of 2014. After retiring in Australia, he has now won every race he has finished this season.
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