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Mercedes F1 team principal: 'We're back in business' after Spanish GP win

Mercedes F1 team principal: 'We're back in business' after Spanish GP win

After four races to open the Formula One season that have at times ebbed and flowed with a glorious unpredictability, it is not entirely surprising that it should be the sport's long-standing test track that should return a flawless and dominant processional victory for Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton led from pole, with Vettel nipping forward of Bottas to take second, however behind them there was carnage as Romain Grosjean span his Haas, with the luckless Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) ploughing into him.

Hamilton clocked in with a time of one hour, 35 minutes and 29.972 seconds at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, over 20 seconds ahead of fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, reports Efe.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen took third and fourth positions for the start of the race, but the kicker was Ferrari's decision to not run the fastest tyre available for both drivers' final run. At the start, Hamilton got a good start and teammate Bottas was slower away.

Ferrari's loss was Verstappen's gain, as he claimed his first trip to the podium in what has been a messy and controversial season so far.

His team boss Toto Wolff suggested some of the reason for Hamilton's upturn in form may also have been psychological, following his victory in Baku. "And I think that showed in my pace".

Hamilton got half the job done by securing pole on Saturday and, while there was plenty of action behind him at the start on Sunday, the Englishman had no problem holding onto first place.

"I think it's obviously a little bit early to say but I would like to hope that it could be part of a turning point".

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As a result, his vehicle created a cloud of black smoke and was invisible to following drivers as they raced into it - Nico Hulkenberg, of Renault, and Pierre Gasly, of Toro Rosso - both smashing into him.

Vettel has now had to settle for a disappointing fourth place in two successive races and has lost signficant ground in the championship battle with Hamilton. Fernando Alonso managed further points in eighth, with Force India' Sergio PĂ©rez in ninth.

Meanwhile, in the United States Australian Will Power took his first IndyCar victory of the year at the Indianapolis road circuit.

In total, six cars failed to finish.

All eyes now turn to Monaco for arguably the most iconic of the season's races on May 27. What had looked at first sight like questionable strategy was actually, they said, just the vehicle going through its tyres quicker than others.

Vertappen held off Vettel for a first podium finish of the season despite damaging a front wing when he ran into Lance Stroll's Williams after the virtual safety vehicle restart.

"We have got our Mercedes board with us this weekend, who have supported us from day one, so it is great to have them all here and see that full force and strength in depth within the team". McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne also retired because of a vehicle failure, as did Esteban Ocon with Force India.

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