Lewis Hamilton hails Mercedes 'synergy' after emphatic Spanish GP triumph

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Hamilton now has 95 points to Vettel's 78 after five rounds of the 21-race championship. "Bring on more Mercedes one-twos".

Grosjean spun during every single session across the whole weekendDriver of the day It's tempting to say Hamilton for his supreme drive but Alonso gets it for his stunning move on Ocon, passing Leclerc and again salvaging points from a hard first-lap position. "Let's keep this up".

He then spent the rest of the race trailing Max Verstappen, despite the Red Bull having front wing damage and Vettel being on new medium tyres.

Hamilton leads the Drivers' Championship by 17 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

It was the first one-two of the season for Mercedes, which had been slower than Ferrari in the past few races.

"Today I felt a synergy with the vehicle that I hadn't been feeling all year", he said. "It's a good feeling". He joined seven-time champion Schumacher and two-time champion Finn Mika Hakkinen as a three-time victor in Spain. Verstappen has good memories here, as he captured his first ever F1 win in Barcelona in 2016, while Ricciardo finished third at this race a year ago.

"I remember like it was yesterday sitting at home playing this computer game as Michael", Hamilton said.

"I think we were very good today but we need to stay calm and humble".

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Kevin Magnussen will start seventh with Haas. Red Bull could be a major threat in qualifying for the first time this year and a close weekend is in prospect between the top three teams. Sauber's Charles Leclerc put in another sterling performance to claim a point in 10th.

With Vettel some way off Hamilton's pace and Kimi Raikkonen forced into retirement by an engine problem, the biggest challenge to Mercedes threatened to come from Red Bull's decision to adopt a one-stop strategy.

"I'm pleased to be back in a good position with it".

"We did 47 laps with that set of tyres, which was quite risky, but it brought the result for us". I didn't know what the pace would be.

He was at his very best in Melbourne but was then, by his own admission, off-colour in Bahrain, China and even Baku despite his victory. Unfortunately, Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly were the innocent victims.

Of note, a number of cars retired due to an opening lap pileup, sparked by Haas driver Romain Grosjean drifting wide in Turn 3 and spinning across the track. Grosjean was punished with a three-place grid penalty for the next round in Monaco. All three cars suffered heavy damage and the race was immediately brought under the control of the safety auto. "I felt that was the way to go". Everyone is doing it so I don't think it's a secret. It capped off a disappointing afternoon for Ferrari, who saw Kimi Raikkonen retire after suffering a loss of power with a brand new engine which had been fitted to his auto on Saturday morning. Also suffering mechanical issues were Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Ocon for McLaren and Force India respectively.

Teams will stay in Barcelona for two days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.