F1: Hamilton hopes Spanish GP a turning point for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton and a dirt buggy

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

Bottas, meanwhile, had to regain P2 after losing out to Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on the start, with Vettel getting ahead and into second. "Even in the end, with the fresher set, I wasn't able to attack", he added.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo agreed with Vettel that drivers should be involved in the process in some way. It was only revealed post-race that one of the reasons for this huge gap was a spin after the Virtual Safety Car restart on cold tyres.

While that was all going on, Lewis Hamilton had taken the lead from pole position with Sebastian Vettel going around the outside of Valtteri Bottas to slide into second.

When the safety auto went in on Lap 7, he then streaked away from Vettel in second, setting multiple lap records, and was able to take his only pit stop eight laps later than the German with no concerns of being leapfrogged. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +26.873, 4.

"I have said many times this team is strong and we have a lot of potential but we also need to make sure we address the problems we have and work together in the same direction". The journey to it is why it feels unique on its own but that is encouraging for me because I've been racing a long time so to still have that feeling when I have that win.

Out of the cockpit, he continued the theme, adding: "Today I felt a synergy with the vehicle that I hadn't been feeling all year. For sure, second is not ideal but for us today, it couldn't be better for us as a team". It capped off a disappointing afternoon for Ferrari, who saw Kimi Raikkonen retire after suffering a loss of power with a brand new engine which had been fitted to his auto on Saturday morning.

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Verstappen then hit back of Sirotkin, but despite sustaining damage to his front wing, held off Vettel with relative ease.

Esteban Ocon became the fifth retirement of the afternoon as he parked by an exit road on the run down to Turn Five with smoke coming out of the back of the Force India. Mexican Sergio Perez was ninth for Force India and Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc took the final point for Sauber.

Romain Grosjean had nipped ahead of Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso after those ran deep into Turn 2, but then overreacted to a wobble from Haas teammate ahead of him and ran wide on the entry to Turn 3. The Frenchman spun across the track, kept his foot down on the throttle and was collected by Hulkenberg and Gasly.

When he jumped out of his vehicle to celebrate Mercedes' first one-two victory of the season, Valtteri Bottas looked back at his front tyres to see there was nearly no rubber left on the carcass.

"There was nothing left on the tyres at the end of the race", he said.

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