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Hamilton regains lead with victory in Spanish GP

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

MADRID, Spain (CMC) — Lewis Hamilton regained the lead in the driver's standings with a comfortable win in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas placing second.

The defending world champion passed Bottas at the first corner and held onto the lead without further alarm to claim his third victory of the season.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen placed third, while Ferrari's difficult weekend yielded only fourth and fifth for Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, respectively.

Hamilton had started from second but having taken the lead held it throughout, with Bottas staying with him but clearly without sufficient pace advantage to challenge. Hamilton also secured the extra point for the fastest lap of the race.

It was the 76th career victory for the 34-year-old Hamilton, whose grandfather hails from Grenada, and saw him take a seven-point lead over Bottas in the championship standings, while Verstappen is a massive 46 points behind and Vettel a further two adrift, and Leclerc 10 behind him.

The five-time world champion had nothing but praise for his team after his victory.

“I have to put it down to this incredible team. This is history in the making to have five one-twos – I'm proud of that and proud of everyone's hard work.

“It's been a hard first four races, it's a great car and we always get along and we've managed to settle our differences and get out well down to Turn One today,” Hamilton said.