Spanish F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction
Lewis Hamilton started on pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday in Barcelona with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg next to him on the grid.
The Englishman got off to a terrific start opening up a 1.1 second lead to Rosberg in second after just one lap.
Meanwhile, Williams' Valtteri Bottas slipped past Daniel Ricciardo into third and Romain Grosjean managed to defend his fifth place despite a massive lock up on the grid.
Lotus' Pastor Maldonado had some trouble on Lap Three when he made contact with the Caterham of Marcus Ericsson but both cars continued to race, though the Venezuelan was eventually given a five-second penalty for causing the problem.
It was as clear as ever that the Mercedes car is in a different lead to the rest of the field as their two drivers opened up a huge gap to the rest of the cars very early on in the race, 12.9 seconds clear after Lap 10.
Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel pitted early in the race having started from 15th on the grid, making his first stop on Lap 13.
Hamilton managed to keep the lead from Rosberg, but only just, and he had a slow pit stop on Lap 19 which gave Rosberg an opportunity but the Brit managed to regain the lead when the German pitted on Lap 22.
The two Mercedes cars split their strategies with Rosberg going on to the hard tyres as opposed to the medium compound that went on Hamilton's car.
Jean-Eric Vergne's disastrous season continued as he was forced to retire for a third time. Ricciardo continued in third while the two Mercedes were battling it out for first spot.
Kamui Kobayashi was the second and final retirement of the race when he was forced out courtesy of a front-left brake failure on his Caterham.
Hamilton had another slow stop when he went into the pits in Lap 43 but he managed to to regain the lead once again when Rosberg two laps later.
Vettel had an absolutely stunning race as he came through the field with some fantastic overtaking, moving up to fourth place from his lowly starting spot.
It looked as though Rosberg had the upper hand in the battle for victory as the two team-mates battled it out, but Hamilton managed to hold him off.
Hamilton took a fourth race victory in a row and Mercedes completed a quartet of consecutive one-twos while Australian rookie Ricciardo finished on the podium for the first time, once again beating his co-driver in the Red Bull car.
Another hugely dominant display from Mercedes, there is seemingly no catching them this season. And for Hamilton, he put in a brilliant defensive display to hold off Rosberg once again.
Next up is the famous race in Monaco and Rosberg will be looking to take victory to try and retake the Championship lead which is now held by Hamilton thanks to his Barcelona win.
Full results per Formula1.com:
Updated Driver Standings
Here's how the drivers' standings have changed after the race in Spain per Formula1.com:
|4||Sebastian Vettel||German||Red Bull Racing-Renault||45|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Australian||Red Bull Racing-Renault||39|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||German||Force India-Mercedes||37|
|10||Sergio Perez||Mexican||Force India-Mercedes||20|
Updated Team Standings
Here's how the constructors' championship looks after the fifth race of the 2014 season, per Formula1.com:
Per the BBC Sport broadcast, Eddie Jordan conducted the post-race interviews and initially joined Lewis Hamilton seated on the podium to get the British driver's reaction:
My team have just done an incredible job this year. The support I've had here in Spain is the best I've ever had. It's my first win here in Spain, it means everything to me.
I wasn't fast enough really today, Nico was quicker. I struggled a lot with the balance and really had to rely on my engineers a lot more to give me the gaps and try to find where I could find time.
Jordan then commented to Nico Rosberg about the competitiveness of the race and asked the German how many more laps he thought he would have needed to get past Hamilton:
I think one more to be honest. One more and i think I could have given it a good go. [..]
I'm a bit gutted but I got second place and its still close in the championship with many more races to go.
I'll be going there [Monaco] to go one better. Try and get first there and repeat the win from last year.
Finally, Daniel Ricciardo was asked to comment on his first ever podium finish after his third place in the Red Bull having had his second place in Australia taken away from him:
They [Mercedes] were a long way ahead so I think coming into the race today we knew a boring race would be a pretty good one for us. We knew we didn't have the pace of the Mercedes, we looked like a third-placed car and in the end that's what it was. [...]
Its really nice to be on the podium and I'm sure I'll get to keep it this time.
*Quotes transcribed live via BBC Sport broadcast
Winners in Spain
Quite clearly it was another fantastic weekend for Mercedes who had their fourth consecutive one-two finish and now sit 113 points clear of Red Bull in the standings.
Lewis Hamilton had a terrific day with this win taking him above his team-mate to the top of the drivers' standings ahead of the next race in Monaco.
While the rest of the field look to be powerless to stop the Mercedes dominance, Red Bull are certainly the most likely contenders.
They had a third and a fourth in Barcelona with Daniel Ricciardo putting in an impressive performance to record his first podium.
Sebastian Vettel also have a brilliant race moving from his starting place of 15th to end up finishing fourth overall.
Losers in Spain
Jean-Eric Vergne endured another miserable weekend as he was forced to retire once again, the third time from the first five races in his Toro Rosso.
He will be desperately hoping for a better weekend next up in Monaco, the Frenchman had already been handed a 10-place grid penalty in practice on Friday after his car lost a wheel during practice, per Sky Sports.
The McLaren's had another tricky weekend with both of their drivers finishing outside of the top 10. Jenson Button finished in 11th while Kevin Magnussen was one place further back.
Button must be slightly peeved that his former team-mate Hamilton is having such success in the Mercedes while he can barely keep a decent race pace.