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14 May 2018 [11:44] - Today.Az
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton easily won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday for his second straight Formula One victory, increasing his championship lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, The Guardian reported.
Valtteri Bottas secured a one-two for Mercedes at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, while Max Verstappen completed the podium despite finishing the race with a broken front wing on his Red Bull.
Vettel, who now trails Hamilton by 17 points in the drivers' standings, was only fourth after a change in strategy didn't pay off.
It was the first one-two of the season for Mercedes, which had been slower than Ferrari in the past few races.
"This is more like it," Hamilton said on the team radio. "Let's keep this up."
Hamilton was never challenged on the way to his 41st win from pole position, surpassing a record he shared with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.
"Today, the car and myself, I felt that synergy today, which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year. It's a good feeling."
The victory bodes well for Mercedes for the rest of the season as the performances in Barcelona — where most teams bring significant car updates — usually set the tone for the rest of the races on the European portion of the calendar.
Hamilton had also won in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, but that victory came mostly because of incidents involving his closest competitors, including a blown tire for Bottas and a crash between Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen.