Formula One: Dominant Hamilton back on top with victory in Spain
Channelnewsasia.com - Mon 13 May 20:53 GMT

BARCELONA: Lewis Hamilton roared back to the top of the Formula One world championship with a dominant victory in Spain on Sunday (May 12) as Mercedes's record start to a season stretched to a fifth successive one-two.

Formula One: Dominant Hamilton back on top with victory in Spain

  BARCELONA: Lewis Hamilton roared back to the top of the Formula One world championship with a dominant victory in Spain on Sunday (May 12) as Mercedes's record start to a season stretched to a fifth successive one-two.

  The 76th victory of the five times world champion's career, and third of the season, sent the Briton seven points clear of Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas after five of the 21 races.

  Hamilton took an extra point for the fastest lap of the race, his first of the campaign, and was helped by a safety car deployment 20 laps from the end giving him a free second pitstop to change worn tyres.

  Hamilton squeezed through while Vettel slightly locked up and damaged his tyres, with Bottas holding on to second place after a slight correction and Verstappen sweeping through from fourth on the grid to third.

  Frenchman Pierre Gasly was sixth for Red Bull, with both the Haas cars finishing in the points - Kevin Magnussen in seventh and Romain Grosjean 10th and scoring for the first time this season.