Lewis Hamilton insists will to win world championship is greater than ever
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 14, 2018,
May 14, 2018, 23:46
The Spaniard has scored in every race so far.
A happy Lewis Hamilton said the warmer weather in Catalonia, rather than a quantum leap in performance, was the main reason he and Mercedes won Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
Ferrari's day went from bad to worse when Kimi Raikkonen suffered an issue with the vehicle and pulled over.
Magnussen, who started seventh, has scored all of his team's points so far, moving them above Force India.
Ferrari had arrived in Barcelona as the class of the 2018 field, but Hamilton has led the Mercedes fightback this weekend after winning from pole on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton won his second race of the season at Spanish GP.
Running in eighth and heading into turn four Romain Grosjean fishtailed wide and then spun back into traffic laying down an acrid smokescreen of burning rubber.
Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg were unsighted and could do little to avoid the Frenchman. Behind them, carnage ensued at Turn 3, with Grosjean, Gasly and Hulkenberg all being involved in a collision that brought out the safety vehicle.
Vettel says that Ferrari must not look for excuses over its result and instead focus on identifying the reasons behind its lack of performance.
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. Raikkonen retired after cruising back to the pits with reduced power.
Hamilton, however, remained untroubled in the clean air out front and had 16 seconds on Bottas and 26 on Verstappen in third by lap 50.
Hamilton coasted to back-to-back wins by a 20-second margin in Barcelona, leading home team-mate Valtteri Bottas on a superb afternoon for Mercedes made even better by Vettel's failure to make the podium. The championship leader jumped ahead at the start of the race and was only briefly headed by Max Verstappen as the pit-stop strategies played out before the Brit regained a commanding lead. "We had problems finding the right balance of the auto and we were struggling with the front tires".
In recording a strong finish for Red Bull, Verstappen rounded off a good weekend.
However, both Red Bull and Ferrari were quicker than Mercedes on slower circuits in 2017.
Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, had an anonymous race. The following lap saw Verstappen surrender the lead as he too took on fresh tires.
Drivers championship (top five): 1.
With Hamilton once again in clean air out front he held the lead on Vettel at over ten-seconds, when the virtual safety auto was deployed after Esteban Ocon's retired at the side of the track on lap 41. Such was the impact with the barriers that the gearbox snapped off when the vehicle was lifted from the gravel trap and there was no chance of getting the auto rebuilt in the two hours between the end of final practice and the start of Q1.