Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Predictions 5/12/18 Who Will Win?

Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Predictions 5/12/18 Who Will Win?

The Spanish Grand Prix will start tomorrow at 16:00 Kyiv time. Toward the end of past year, he broke out with a few wins and finished in the top 5 in six straight races. Riders of the German team left behind pilots "Ferrari" and "Red bull". Low grip caused problems all around, but for none more than Haas' Romain Grosjean.

Verstappen, whose season has been littered with collisions, also almost wrecked his race when he hit the rear of Canadian Lance Stroll's Williams and lost a front wing end-plate. It was only revealed post-race that one of the reasons for this huge gap was a spin after the Virtual Safety Car restart on cold tyres.

Hamilton's nearest title challenger, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, completed a disappointing fourth, handicapped by a sluggish second pit cease which in the end value him invaluable factors.

Vettel had certainly looked set to give Hamilton a busier afternoon as he blasted off the start line before sweeping past Bottas into second. A minor blip in Spain, but with 16 races remaining, the race is still wide open. Potentially they may have believed with their first stop so early they could not make the flag with only one stop.

Later reports suggested Vettel may have been forced into the stop due to an issue with his rear tyres. When Vettel made his second stop during a late virtual safety auto period, after Esteban Ocon parked up his Force India by the side of the track, it backfired and he lost places instead of gaining anything.

Finn Valtteri Bottas came home second ahead of Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull who resisted late pressure from four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who led Hamilton by 17 points after the opening three races this year. Force India's Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez were in 13th and 15th respectively.

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Despite an off-track tour by Sergey Sirotkin, the VSC was cleared after lap 42.

"Feels nice to be on the podium and nice to have a good clean race", said Verstappen.

After another incident on Lap 44, Esteban Ocon retired after Verstappen went into the back of his vehicle, while McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne lost power on his auto and was also forced to retire. Ricciardo cut under the 1:19 mark on lap 61, but it meant little to the Australian, in a lonely P5.

Following a hard run of races which had led some to question the Briton's motivation, the world champion and his Mercedes team were simply unbeatable in Barcelona as he won by over 20 seconds from teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton roared off his marks to retain his lead on the 200mph charge to the opening bend, while Vettel got the jump on Bottas after a gutsy move around the outside of the Mercedes. Renault's Carlos Sainz finished seventh ahead of former two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso who managed to finish in the eighth position.

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