F1 2017 Spanish Grand Prix result: Lewis Hamilton wins in Spain
PUBLISHED: 14:46 14 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 15 May 2017
Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG
Formula One star Lewis Hamilton won the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel.
The 32-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas driver from Hertfordshire took the chequered flag at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain for his second F1 victory of the season.
Hamilton battled back from losing the lead on the opening lap to beat Vettel’s Ferrari to the finish line in an exciting race.
Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull in the provisional Spanish Grand Prix results, after Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas had all retired from the race.
Following an intense grand prix in Spain, Hamilton said: “That’s how racing should be – Sebastian was incredibly close. I loved it!”
He added: “I lost nearly two kilos during the race. I was straining to keep up with Seb. It’s a real privilege to race against someone as good as him.
“It was a tough, physical battle with Seb and I’m so happy to get the win.”
After claiming pole position in qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton was overtaken by Vettel on the opening lap, the Ferrari man bolting into an early lead on the approach to the first corner.
Behind the leaders, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and last year’s winner Max Verstappen collided, forcing both drivers out of the race.
Vettel, the German four-time world champion, pulled more than two seconds clear of Hamilton by lap three, with Bottas in third place.
The race leader pitted for softs after lap 14, giving Hamilton the lead. It wasn’t the greatest stop, with Ferrari messing up as they put a soft tyre on the front left.
With the Mercedes man’s one-time 21-second advantage being reeled in by Vettel, Hamilton boxed on lap 21 for medium tyres – a different strategy to Ferrari – and rejoined the race down in third place, with Silver Arrows team-mate Bottas temporarily taking the lead.
Vettel regain the lead on lap 25, sweeping past Bottas, the Finn still being on old rubber. Bottas, though, really helped Hamilton by holding up Vettel for a while.
Hamilton pitted again on lap 36 for softs, with Vettel following him in two laps later.
They then raced side by side on the exit from the pits, with the Ferrari driver just slamming the door on Hamilton, with their tyres touching and Lewis being run off the track.
The Mercedes team’s hopes of a double podium in Barcelona were dashed seconds later when Bottas was forced out of the Spanish Grand Prix with engine trouble for his first retirement of the season.
Hamilton, however, was now tucked in behind Vettel in DRS range, with just 0.7s separating the top two.
And the Mercedes driver eventually swept into the lead again when he overtook Vettel’s red car around the outside of Turn 1 on lap 44 of 66.
Hamilton then slammed in a new fastest lap on lap 45 of 1m 23.663s.
On lap 52 his lead was 2.4 seconds, setting up a tight finish.
Hamilton set another fastest lap on lap 65 to secure another F1 victory.
Afterwards race winner Hamilton said: “That is how racing should be. Seb was really fast.
“The start was not good enough, I got a bit of wheelspin. I’ll have to talk to my guys about that.”