Lewis Hamilton made it a clean sweep for the Mercedes-Benz Formula One team this season so far by taking the outfit’s fifth victory in five races so far this season at the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix last weekend.
Marking his fourth win in a row after his first race retirement in Australia, the British driver took the victory in fine style, too, sending him to the top of the drivers’ title.
Arguably asserting himself as Mercedes number one driver for this season after his display this weekend, Hamilton had the legs over the field from the first lap.
Quickest in free practice one on Friday, Lewis converted his speed into pole position, with teammate Rosberg securing second spot on the grid for Sunday’s race.
From the moment the lights when out on Sunday, Hamilton looked in control. Gaining a few car lengths on Rosberg from the start, both Mercedes W05s cleared off into the distance, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo trailing them in third.
Despite some differing strategies which added some much needed spice to the Barcelona race (the track has proved boring in recent years), the order remained – but only after a nail-biting finish.
Rosberg’s pace began to strengthen in the latter stages of the race, with the German reeling in Hamilton. The gap closed to around half a second with a few laps to go, putting Rosberg in the DRS zone and the prime position for a last lap overtake.
However, Hamilton dug deep and drew on his reserves of pace to hold off his teammate despite being on harder, more worn tyres. Rosberg locked the brakes at the end of the second DRS zone on the last lap, so with only one line through the final complex, the victory was Hamilton’s.
It was a thrilling finish, with good drives all the way down the field. Credit to champions Sebastian Vettel, who crossed the line in fourth after starting way back in fifteenth. And to his teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciaiardo, who recorded his first proper podium finish after being disqualified from third place in the opening race of the season.
It was another disappointing weekend for our local squad, McLaren. A very dejected Jenson Button finished down in 11th place after a difficult weekend struggling with his car’s balance and lack of grip.
Rookie McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen finished one place behind in 12th – a far cry from the double podium in Melbourne at the start of the year for the Woking team.
Ferrari, too, had a less than stellar weekend. Given Fernando Alonso won in front of his home crowd in 2013, the Italian team were hoping to repeat the result, but the car is simply not quick enough.
In fact, Hamilton lapped Kimi Raikkonen, who finished seventh, and wasn’t far away from passing Alonso, showing just how fast the Mercedes is this year.
It’s not beyond the realsm of possibility that the Mercedes could win every race this year, with Hamilton likely to improve upon his four-strong winning streak already. That’d be quite some feat in the modern era, but one we’re secretly hoping to see.
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