Hamilton Cruises to Smashing Victory in Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton opened a 17-point lead in the Formula One Championship after roaring to an imperious victory in a Mercedes one-two triumph at the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday.

Four-time world champion dominated from start to finish, save for a spell during the mid-race pit-stops, and clocked a series of record laps as he stormed to his first back-to-back win of the season.

It was the 64th victory of his career -– only Michael Schumacer on 91 has more -– and came from his 74th pole.

Following his 64th race win, the British driver now joins seven-time champion Schumacher and two-time champion Mika Hakkinen as a three-time winner in Spain.

“That’s more like it guys, great job,” said Hamilton on team radio.

“Today I felt that synergy with the car that I have not felt all year so now we have to do it again.”

Valtteri Bottas came home second in the second Mercedes ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull who resisted late pressure from four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who led Hamilton by 17 points after the opening three races this year.

The German, who made a good start, was second until he took an ill-judged second pit-stop, under Virtual Safety Car conditions, midway through the race, dropping two places.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth in the second Red Bull ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas and Spaniards Carlos Sainz, of Renault, and two-time champion Fernando Alonso, of McLaren.

Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India came home ninth ahead of the impressive Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.

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