2017 Formula 1 Spanish GP: Hamilton Outraces Vettel

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The Spanish GP will forever be remembered for the first lap clash between Merc drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in 2016, with both cars taking out each other, careening into the gravel trap and unable to continue. Last year also saw Max “The Flying Dutchman” Verstappen take his first grand prix win and the record of being the youngest-ever F1 winner.

This year saw Hamilton take pole ahead of Vettel and Bottas. Lewis is now just one shy of tying Ayrton Senna for second on the all time list for most pole positions. Another noteworthy item was Fernando Alonso in the struggling McLaren getting his best grid position to date. The Spaniard finally made it to Q3 and slotted his MCL32 in P7 just behind the two Red Bulls.

The start saw Vettel launch off the line far better than Hamilton. The Ferrari got its nose ahead of the Mercedes as they reached turn 1, forcing Lewis to take position behind the Ferrari. Meanwhile, Bottas got tangled up with Kimi and Verstappen who were running three abreast at turn 1. Valtteri braked earleir than usual and nudged Raikkonen into the side of Verstappen. The collision broke the suspension of the Ferrari and damaged the steering of the Red Bull. The biggest loser at the start was Fernando Alonso. The McLaren, in its attempt to stay clear of the carnage, ran wide to avoid getting caught in the melee, thus dropping the local hero down to P13.

As the race progressed, there was no doubt, it was a race between only two drivers. It was Vettel versus Hamilton, while everyone else had to fight for third. Lap 14 saw Ferrari call in Vettel for his tire change, handing the lead to the Mercedes. Lewis now had clean air in front, and the undercut was now a viable option for Mercedes.

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