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2014 Spanish F1 GP: 1-2 again for Mercs

2014-05-11 15:48

IT'S MERCEDES AGAIN: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg (left) and Lewis Hamilton - who won - with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (third) pour it on up on the podium after the 2014 Spanish F1 GP at Montmelo, near Barcelona. Image: AFP / Luis Gene

ALAN BALDWIN

  • Hamilton takes fourth win in a row
  • Briton wrests title lead from Rosberg
  • Merc make it five wins in five races

BARCELONA, Spain - Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Spanish Formula 1 GP on Sunday (May 11) for Mercedes,  his fourth victory in a row, to wrest the Drivers' championship lead from "gutted" team mate Nico Rosberg.

In what was also the fourth successive Mercedes 12 and fifth win in five races for the dominant constructor, Hamilton took the chequered flag a mere 0.6sec ahead of his rival.

In a nail-biting finish to what had been a largely uneventful race Rosberg piled pressure on Hamilton by slashing the Briton's lead over the last six laps and looming ominously in his mirrors.

'NICO WAS QUICKER...'

Hamilton, who now has 100 points to Rosberg's 97 after his 26th career victory and leads the standings for the first time since 2012 when he was at McLaren, sounded increasingly anxious in radio traffic but held on for his first win in Spain.

"I wasn't fast enough really today, Nico was quicker," the 2008 champion said during the podium interview. "Fortunately I was able to keep him behind."

Rosberg, who declared himself "a bit gutted" to finish second again and whose subdued body language alongside Hamilton on the podium more than backed that up, felt he would have got past with one more lap.

"Lewis did a great job the whole weekend, just that little bit ahead," added the German ruefully.

Daniel Ricciardo was third for 2013 champion team Red Bull with the first podium finish of his F1 career after being stripped of his second place for a fuel irregularity in his home season-opener in Melbourne in March.

"We did not have the pace on Mercedes... it is really nice to be on the podium and I am sure I will get to keep it this time," said the smiling Australian, who had started third. "A lonely third was not a bad result in the end."

BEST OF THE REST

His quadruple F1 champion team mate Sebastian Vettel, who started 15th after a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, ended a weekend of setbacks with a strong fourth. He arrived at the first European race of the season with a different chassis but Red Bull remained an age away from Mercedes.

Ricciardo, as the best of the rest, crossed the line a huge 48.3sec behind Rosberg with Mercedes again in a class of its own and lapping all but four cars.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was one of those passed by Hamilton, finishing seventh and just behind Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso - last year's winner - in sixth. Finland's Valtteri Bottas took fifth for Williams; Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa sank from ninth at the start to 13th at the finish.

Romain Grosjean handed Lotus its first points of the season with eighth, ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg in ninth and 10th respectively.

PENALTY FOR PASTOR
Only two drivers retired: Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne and Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi, in a 66-lap race that testified to the surprising reliability of the cars in the new V6 hybrid/turbo era.

Pastor Maldonado, who crashed in qualifying and started last for Lotus, was handed a five-second stop/go penalty for causing a collision with Caterham's Marcus Ericsson.

Result from the 2014 Spanish F1 GP
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1hr41mn05.155
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +00:00.636
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull (Renault) +00:49.014
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull (Renault +01:16.702
5 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams (Mercedes) +01:19.293
6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +01:27.743
7 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari +1 lap
8 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus (Renault) +1 lap
9 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India (Mercedes +1 lap
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India (Mercedes) +1 lap
11 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +1 lap
12 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren +1 lap
13 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams (Mercedes) +1 lap
14 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso (Renault) +1 lap
15 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus (Renault) +1 lap
16 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber (Ferrari) +1 lap
17 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber (Ferrari) +1 lap
18 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia (Ferrari) +2 laps
19 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia (Ferrari) +2 laps
20 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham (Renault) +2 laps
Retired Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham (Renault) +32 laps
Retired Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso (Renault) +42 laps

Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel, 1min28.918, lap 55

Drivers’ and Constructors points after the 2014 Spanish F GP

Drivers
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 100
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 97
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 49
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 45
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 39
6 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 37
7 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 34
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 23
9 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 20
10. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 20
11 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 17
12 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 12
13 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 4
14 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 4
15 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 4
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber 0
17 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 0
18 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 0
19 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham 0
20 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 0
21 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham 0
22 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 0

Constructors
1 Mercedes 197
2 Red Bull 84
3 Ferrari 66
4 Force India 57
5 Williams 46
6 McLaren 43
7 Toro Rosso 8
8 Lotus 4
9 Sauber 0
10 Marussia 0
11 Caterham 0

Qualifying times
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