Lewis Hamilton won his second race of the season to reduce the gap at the top of the championship to just six points over rival Sebastian Vettel. F1 Top 10 looks back at the winners and losers of an epic Spanish Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton: After losing out to Sebastian Vettel at the start, Hamilton may have thought it wasn’t going to be his day. However, the decision by Mercedes to pit the Brit under the virtual safety car paid dividends as he was able to close the gap on the German and ultimately overtook him in what was the race defining move. The victory for Hamilton means he has closed the gap to Vettel in the championship to just six points ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull will be disappointed that their upgrades didn’t bring them closer to the front of the grid on pace but through luck, Ricciardo, was able to capitalise on several retirements to other drivers to score his first podium of 2017.
Force India: Force India kept up their incredible record of both their cars scoring in every race so far this season. Sergio Perez finished 4th which is his best finish of 2017 while Esteban Ocon continued to show his potential finishing just behind his teammate in 5th.
Pascal Wehrlein: An extraordinary performance from Pascal Wehrlein saw the German score Sauber’s first points of the year after he finished 7th but was pushed down to 8th having been given a five second time penalty. A good strategy call from the team saw Wehrlein finish ahead of both Toro Rosso’s albeit Sainz moved up a place due to Wehrlein’s penalty. It’s a feat made all the more impressive considering the Sauber is powered by a year old Ferrari engine.
Max Verstappen & Kimi Raikkonen: Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen’s race’s were both ended at the first corner after the Finn made contact with Valtteri Bottas which resulted in Raikkonen being shoved into Verstappen with both cars having to retire on the opening lap.
Valtteri Bottas: After the elation of winning his first F1 race in Russia, Valtteri Bottas would’ve hoped to back that up with a strong performance in Spain. However, through no fault of his own the Finn’s race was cut short due to an engine failure in his W08 which means Bottas is now 41 points off the championship lead.
McLaren Honda: After Fernando Alonso’s sensational lap in qualifying, McLaren, would’ve hoped to score their first points of the year. However, Alonso was caught up with Felipe Massa at the start causing the Spaniard to lose several places. From that point onwards, McLaren’s race went rapidly downhill with Alonso even being overtaken by the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson in a year old Ferrari engine. As for Stoffel Vandoorne his race was ended when he made a mistake and collided with Massa halfway during the race.