Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Watch Sebastian Vettel Make Overtake Of Year So Far On Valtteri Bottas

Watch Sebastian Vettel Make Overtake Of Year So Far On Valtteri Bottas

Both, Hamilton and Vettel were regarded as the favourites before the starts of the tournament.

Vettel, bidding for his third win of the season, looked in good position after jumping polesitter Hamilton at the start and building up a comfortable early lead.

Matters were made worse by the fact Hamilton has chosen to drop his drinks bottle to save some weight, meaning he's unable to replace any of the roughly 2kg of fluid a driver loses throughout a race.

He said: "It was the rawest fight I can remember having for some time, which I loved". I locked up and don't know if we touched but I managed to say ahead. "Good as Hamilton's drive was - undoubtedly one of his very best - he could not have done it without a superb collective effort from Mercedes team, from head of strategy James Vowles and Hamilton's engineer Peter Bonnington on the pit wall to his team-mate Valtteri Bottas". A win would then be the best Ferrari could do to minimize the points loss to Mercedes, but doing this with a driver down-and thus fewer strategy options-would prove hard. So I admire their concentration and how they are so awesome and stay at the limit.

Hamilton's second win in five races this season cut Vettel's lead from 13 points to six heading into the Monaco GP. I tried (to pass Raikkonen) around the outside and I think that if Valtteri didn't touch Kimi then everything would have been fine - we could have given each other space.

The final stint of the race hinged on if Hamilton could make his soft tyres last long enough to prevent Vettel - on the harder medium compound - from fighting back late in the race.

But Mercedes had their proper thinking caps on, left Hamilton on a long middle stint, delayed Bottas's pit stop to hold up Vettel, putting Hamilton with a few seconds of Vettel's Ferrari. This crash resulted in suspension damage on the Ferrari and the Red Bull, thus eliminating Raikkonen and Verstappen from the race.

Hamilton not only scored his second victory of the season, he also recorded his second hat trick this year as he started from pole and also set the fastest lap in the race.

"It's great to have a battle and a fight with another team is so much nicer and more enjoyable because there's no tension within our team". Bottas retired from the race on lap 39 due to a powertrain failure.

The Force India duo of Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon were fourth and fifth, Nico Hülkenberg took his Renault to sixth, then came Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Pascal Wehrlein in the Sauber-Ferrari, Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Romain Grosjean in the Haas.

DANIEL Ricciardo scored his first podium finish of the year with third place in the Spanish Grand Prix, but the Perth driver did have luck on his side.

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