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SPANISH GP – Lewis Hamilton unflustered as he leads Valtteri Bottas to a fifth Mercedes one two

Lewis Hamilton has beaten his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to take his third back to back win at the Spanish Grand Prix. The five times champion got past his teammate at the start to lead the race into the first corner before pulling away from the Finn.

It was one of Hamilton’s lighting starts to run alongside his teammate into the first corner, before out breaking his teammate as they entered the corner and eased his way to a commanding victory. While beating both Bottas and Sebastian Vettel into Elf, before building his lead.

Mercedes has dominated the first five races, something which has never been done in the history of the sport. While the promise shown by Ferrari in Barcelona earlier in the year fails to materialise, the team just not able to unlock the performance from its car.

Its not the first time this year that Ferrari’s race has been dominated by a lack of race pace and team orders, with Vettel and Leclerc twice told to trade position.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third beating Ferrari at a circuit where the Scuderia dominated in pre-season session. But Ferrari’s race was decided by the decision to swap Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, while the Monacan looked to be the faster of the two cars.

Hamilton said, “I have to put it down to this incredible team. This is history in the making to have five one-twos – I’m proud of that and proud of every ones hard work.”

“It’s been a hard first four races, it’s a great car and we always get along and we’ve managed to settle our differences and get out well down to Turn One today.”

Bottas added “It was pretty tight but I lost it at the start, there was strange behaviour on the clutch, it was releasing, biting, releasing, biting and I’ve not felt that before. As a team it’s incredible, the fifth one-two in a run is really good”

Mercedes pulled away from the Ferrari’s, leaving them to fend of Verstappen. Vettel was struggling midway through the race, which brought his teammate into play after Leclerc stopped earlier. Then a collision between the McLaren of Lando Norris and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll triggered a safety car.

The retirement for the Bristolian the first retirement of his F1 career.

Leclerc was place onto hard tyres for the restart as Ferrari decided not to stop his teammate Vettel, that decision saw him drop from third to fifth.

Stroll had caught the Englishman at the start of lap forty five, he edged ahead at Elf and then tangled through Renault and Turn Three. That brought out the safety car with twenty laps remaining allowing the leaders all to make a free stop, which dropped Leclerc behind both Verstappen and Vettel again.

Kevin Magnussen finished seventh ahead of Carlos Sainz, following a battle with teammate Romain Grosjean. Following the restart, Magnussen made contact with Grosjean with the Frenchman running wide into the first corner, losing the position.

On the following lap Grosjean would lose positions to both Sainz and Daniil Kvyat.

Magnussen was able to regain the position, following a bad double stop by Toro Rosso. Running behind both Kvyat and Alex Albon under a safety car, he gained track position as Kvyat headed in ahead of Albon his tyres weren’t ready causing delays to both stops.

It proved costly for both Kvyat dropping him to tenth, and Albon to eleventh. Despite late pressure from Toro Rosso rookie Albon, Grosjean managed to hang on to tenth.

The British-Thai finished ahead of Renault duo Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.

Kimi Raikkonen finished fourteenth, following a off on the first lap to finish ahead of Sergio Perez and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi. Williams hopes of a step forwards struggled to show through, the British team last of the runners.

Both George Russell and Robert Kubica were lapped in the first half of the race.

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