Vettel: Second stop was the right thing to do

  • Vettel: Second stop was the right thing to do

Vettel: Second stop was the right thing to do

Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, thanks to the "synergy" between him and the vehicle.

It calmed down the growing fears that Formula One was becoming a one-horse race as Mercedes spent the 2017 season continuing their dominance over the field.

Hamilton led home a 1-2 in front of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with nearest title rival Sebastian Vettel only mustering a fourth-placed finish.

His teammate Valtteri Bottas completed over 20 seconds behind with Crimson Bull's Max Verstappen finishing the rostrum.

But it was the virtual safety vehicle that arguably had the biggest say in Sunday's race.

But Ferrari brought him in for a second pitstop when the virtual safety auto appeared just past half-distance, dropping Vettel from second to fourth.

His championship lead is now worth 17 points.

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That left the German to settle for fourth, as Bottas and Max Verstappen joined Hamilton on the podium.

Ferrari switched back to the soft tyres for the final run of the session to move back ahead of the Red Bull drivers, but it was not enough to beat either of the silver cars.

"We've got our Mercedes board with it's great to have them all here and see that true force within the team, strength in depth, so I hope we can continue". May have looked wrong, but it wasn't.

"We were just not quick enough".

The race got off to a chaotic start due to Romain Grosjean losing control.

But Ferrari's misjudgement saw Max Verstappen take advantage - despite an earlier coming together with Lance Stroll (him again) resulting in a virtual safety vehicle - to take his first podium of 2018 for Red Bull.

Mexican Sergio Perez of Pressure India made a late overtaking transfer on Sauber's Charles Leclerc for ninth, but it surely had been one other spectacular drive by the younger Monagesque.

Meanwhile, in the midfield, Romain Grosjean lost the rear end of his auto at Turn 3 and spun.

The race leader had to navigate multiple virtual safety auto periods during the race, as well as a full safety vehicle deployed for an opening lap crash caused by Romain Grosjean who had spun in Turn 3. Generally he likes spinning, but on the first lap is not a good time to do it with everyone there.

For Vettel, the pitstop strategy wasn't the best as the driver was called in on Lap 40 for a second pitstop.

Monaco in two weeks' time.

"So, it was definitely important, and I am happy too especially because I had such a busy week coming into this weekend".

He said, "Today I felt a synergy with the vehicle that I hadn't been feeling all year". Sixth was Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who helped convert the team's strong pace into a healthy haul of points. While Bottas and Verstappen followed Hamilton to the remaining steps on the podium, Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso-Honda creeped across the finish line with an apparent loss of power.