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Lewis Hamilton dominates Spanish Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton took his second win in succession by dominating an eventful Spanish Grand Prix.The Mercedes driver was supreme at the front in a race that featured a heavy first-lap crash, two caution periods and a number of spins and collisions.Hamilton's win moves him into a 17-point championship lead as rival Sebastian Vettel took fourth following questionable strategy calls from his Ferrari team.
Valtteri Bottas made it a Mercedes one-two ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.The Dutchman held on to third place, easily fending off Vettel's challenge, despite damaging his front wing when he ran into the back of Lance Stroll's Williams at the restart after a mid-race virtual safety-car period.Vettel dropped to fourth from second when Ferrari decided to pit him under the virtual safety car so he could attack the last part of the race with fresher tyres.But the decision did not work out and cost Vettel what could be a crucial six points in his title fight with Hamilton.
Spanish Grand Prix results
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Grosjean inexplicably kept his foot on the accelerator, throwing him back into the path of the oncoming field
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Hamilton untouchable
Hamilton was supremely above Ferrari's concerns, as he converted his first pole position since the opening race in Australia into a first-lap lead.After the early safety car for a multi-car crash caused by Haas driver Romain Grosjean in Turn Three, Hamilton bolted at the re-start and had a 1.4-second lead at the end of the first racing lap. Hamilton then pulled away at chunks of a second a lap and was immediately in control of a race he never looked likely to lose.Ferrari's strategy let Mercedes off the hook for their slow stop to secure the first one-two of 2018 and Verstappen drove beautifully with a damaged car to take the final step on the podium.
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Hamilton takes his third win in Spain
Overtake of the race
Behind Vettel and Ricciardo, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was in no-man's land, way behind the top five, but well clear of the rest, led by Carlos Sainz's Renault and McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who recovered well after being delayed by the first-lap incident.Alonso pulled off the overtaking move of the race, passing Esteban Ocon's Force India around the outside of the fast Turn Three at the re-start after the early safety car, and then had to fight past Sauber's Charles Leclerc to take eighth, passing him with a wily move on the virtual safety car restart.
Grosjean 'doesn't look great'
The race started with high drama as Grosjean made an inexplicable error. He lost control of his car behind team-mate Magnussen at Turn Three and spun, but then bizarrely kept his foot buried in the throttle, causing the car to spin around back onto the track shrouded in clouds of tyre smoke.As he spun back across the track, Nico Hulkenberg tried to take avoiding action in his Renault but had his rear wheel caught by Grosjean's car, and Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly, unsighted, smashed into the side of the Haas.All were unhurt, although Grosjean had to go to the medical centre for a precautionary check because the incident triggered the high impact alert in the car.Grosjean faces an investigation by the stewards and could be penalised. Hulkenberg was withering in his assessment of the Frenchman's driving."He (Grosjean) didn't look great in that scenario. Generally he likes spinning, but on the first lap is not a good time to do it with everyone there. He has to look at it and do some work on himself."
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Grosjean spun during every single session across the whole weekend
Driver of the day
It's tempting to say Hamilton for his supreme drive but Alonso gets it for his stunning move on Ocon, passing Leclerc and again salvaging points from a difficult first-lap position. Honourable mention for Verstappen for his drive with a damaged car.
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Hamilton said: "The car and myself, I felt that synergy that I hadn't been feeling all year. This is when we are going to start trying to apply the pressure. A one-two for the team. Strength in depth."
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Hartley suffered a crash heavy enough to sever the rear section of his Toro Rosso during practice
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