Ricciardo's woes continue as Hamilton wins Spanish GP

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He was at his very best in Melbourne but was then, by his own admission, off-colour in Bahrain, China and even Baku despite his victory.

It also set a record, one that Hamilton had previously shared with seven times champion Michael Schumacher, of 41 wins from pole position. "A one-two for the team; we've got our Mercedes board with us who have been supporting us from day one, so it's great to have them here and just see that true force within the team".

"That's more like it guys, great job", said Hamilton on team radio.

First corner prediction: With Mercedes locking out the front row, Hamilton is the favourite tp lead the pack through Turn 1 but keep an eye out for Sebastian Vettel starting from the clean side of the grid behind the lead Mercedes. The journey to it is why it feels unique on its own but that is encouraging for me because I've been racing a long time so to still have that feeling when I have that win. "Coming across the line, I'm happy I did it in the way I planned to".

"People probably think it was an easy race and I was cruising but I wasn't cruising", he explained. Bottas had done enough on track to move back ahead of the Ferrari only for a sticky rear tyre to contribute to a slow stop and leave Vettel running ahead. Could this result be a swing in Hamilton's favour in the Drivers' Championship battle for 2018?

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Mercedes has struggled compared to Ferrari at times this season, with Sebastian Vettel winning the opening two races and taking three consecutive pole positions as the Scuderia had a more consistent auto.

"We couldn't make the tyres last", said Vettel.

Hamilton, who won on the same circuit a year ago, strengthened his lead in the 2018 driver standings with 95 points, 17 points ahead of second-placed Vettel.

Vettel stopped on lap 17 for a new set of tyres, while Bottas was called in by Mercedes two laps later. It looks different and it looks wrong, but from the inside I think it was the right thing to do.

Even if one were to assume that two-stopping was Ferrari's strategy for Vettel's race, it wouldn't be too hard to think that they were more foolhardy than fearless. Kimi [Raikkonen] had an issue with the engine [on Friday], had to change the engine and obviously then retired in the race.

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with his trophy after finishing in third place. McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne also retired because of a vehicle failure. "It's a good feeling".

But Mercedes, who pitted some 10 laps earlier than the two Red Bulls, managed their tyres to the finish, while Vettel's hopes were futher dashed by his own slow second stop under the virtual safety auto.

Vettel had pitted when the virtual safety auto was deployed to slow the field, something that had played in his favour at previous races.

Charles Leclerc of Sauber and Sergio Perez of Force India closed out the top 10.

Further down the order, Kevin Magnussen put Haas back in the "best of the rest" position after team-mate Romain Grosjean span on the opening lap, and both Spanish heroes finished inside the points.

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