This is Lewis Hamilton’s 2nd win in the 2017 Formula 1 season.
Hamilton won this Spanish Grand Prix after a battling with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel the entire race. Vettel made the better start of the two, successfully jumping Hamilton and taking the lead in turn 1 on the 1st lap, but after a virtual safety car period to recover Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren, Hamilton made the switch to the more favorable soft tires and Vettel did not, likely costing him the race.
When Vettel stop, and then exited the pits, the pair sped side by side toward the 1st corner with Vettel just about managing to hold onto the lead. On medium tires however, it was a matter of when, not if, Hamilton would be able to pass the championship leader. Vettel held off Hamilton’s Mercedes for four laps, but a exceptional exit to the final corner allowed Hamilton to charge straight past on the main straight using DRS.
Hamilton said, “That’s how racing should be, It was as close as it could be. Sebastian was incredibly fast, but the team did a exceptional job with the strategy. It don’t know what went wrong at the start. It wasn’t exceptional enough. I thought I did everything I was supposed to do but I got a bit of wheel-spin. I felt like I ran out of road but I was alongside when Vettel exited the pits. It was definitely close but, as I said, that’s how racing should be and I loved it. Obviously, Lewis then stayed out longer, mirrored our strategy, so I knew in the end it would be crucial and when he came out of the pits I was surprised it was so close. I locked up and don’t know if we touched but I managed to say ahead.”