The perfect 1-2 finish for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in Spain
What a sensational Spanish Grand Prix! Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport start the European F1 season with a fantastic 1-2 victory.
Starting from Pole, Lewis Hamilton took his 64th career victory, his third at the Spanish Grand Prix and second of the 2018 season. Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in P2 to secure a 1-2 for the team and his 25th career podium.
Today’s result also marks the 36th 1-2 victory for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport since the team re-entered F1 as a works team in 2010.
Lewis got off to a top start pulling an early lead from Vettel who moved up to P2 off the line getting ahead of Valtteri.
Due to a collision at the start the Safety Car was deployed for six laps from Lap 1-6, squeezing up the pack before racing resumed.
Both drivers opted for a one-stop strategy, starting on the Soft tyre and switching to the Medium tyre. Valtteri was first to pit on Lap 19, coming out just behind Vettel and Lewis came in 6 laps later on Lap 25, rejoining the race with Max Verstappen ahead who was yet to pit.
Once the Red Bulls had pitted, the race resumed with Lewis leading, Vettel in P2 and Valtteri in P3.
On Lap 41, an incident caused the Virtual Safety Car to be activated where Vettel saw the opportunity to pit for fresh Medium tyres, which didn’t work in his favour and allowed Valtteri through into P2 as he chose to stay out under the VSC.
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport drivers maintained these positions to cross the line and take a sterling 1-2 finish for the team, their first of the 2018 season.
There were 18 overtakes clocked on Pure Pit Wall, 10 with DRS, which is reflective of how difficult it is to overtake on the undulating Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
This year’s Spanish Grand Prix saw a staggering six DNFs clocked after various collisions and mechanical issues in the race.
After the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis (95 points) extends his lead in the Drivers’ Championship from Sebastian Vettel (78 points) with Valtteri (58 points) in P3
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (153 points) lead Ferrari (126 points) by 27 points in the Constructors’ Championship
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