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Monday 12th May, 2014 - 12:22am

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates Spanish GP while Daniel Ricciardo enjoys podium finish

Lewis Hamilton celebrates Spanish GP win while Daniel Ricciardo enjoys podium finish

Lewis Hamilton fended off a hard charging Nico Rosberg to record his fourth consecutive victory of the season, while Daniel Ricciardo secured a maiden Formula 1 podium finish in Spain.

The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg dominated the race from start to finish with the pair producing a nail biting duel for the victory in the final stages.

Hamilton held on to take the chequered flag ahead of Rosberg and claim the championship lead.

Australia’s Ricciardo produced yet another mature drive to record the first podium of his F1 career in third and maintain the label of best of the rest.

Polesitter Hamilton made no mistakes at the start as he led the field into turn one.

Team-mate Nico Rosberg slotted into second while the Williams of Valtteri Bottas leapfrogged a slow starting Ricciardo to move into third.

It didn’t take long for the Mercedes duo to edge away from the field with Hamilton opening up a comfortable gap over Rosberg. The pair were aided by Bottas who appeared to be holding up Ricciardo.

Behind, the Lotus of Romain Grosjean held fifth ahead of the Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

While Hamilton and Rosberg extended their advantage out to 15 seconds after just 10 laps, all eyes turned to the battle for third. After several laps behind the Finn, Ricciardo managed to grab third following a slick pit stop.

Hamilton maintained his lead ahead of Rosberg after the first round of the pit stops but the man on the move was Sebastian Vettel, who had scythed his way through the field and into the top 10 after starting from 15th position.

However, the final round of pit stops left Hamilton with just a three second lead over Rosberg. Armed with fresher rubber, the German posed a serious threat to his team-mate in front providing the crowd a fascinating battle for the victory in the closing stages.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo enjoyed a comfortable advantage in third but Vettel continued to stride towards the front after passing both Ferraris of Alonso and Raikkonen.

Not content with fifth, he reeled in Bottas and grabbed fourth place in the final laps.

At the front the battle raged for the victory with Rosberg closing the gap to Hamilton to just a second but he was unable to find a gap to pass.

In the end, Hamilton did just enough to hold off Rosberg at the chequered flag with Ricciardo coming home in third.

Vettel produced an impressive drive to finish fourth ahead of Bottas while local hero Alonso passed team-mate Raikkonen for sixth in the closing stages.

Grosjean gave Lotus their first points of the season with a strong drive to eighth.

The Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez claimed the final points paying positions.

The championship moves to Monaco on May 24-25.

Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Results

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 66 Laps
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +0.636s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault +49.014s
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +1m16.702s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +1m19.293s
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +1m27.743s
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +1 lap
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +1 lap
9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
12 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
13 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +1 lap
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault +1 lap
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
17 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
18 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps
19 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault +2 laps
RET Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 34 laps
RET Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 24 Laps

Drivers’ Championship Standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 100
2 Nico Rosberg 97
3 Fernando Alonso 49
4 Sebastian Vettel 45
5 Daniel Ricciardo 39
6 Nico Hulkenberg 37
7 Valtteri Bottas 34
8 Jenson Button 23
9 Kevin Magnussen 20
10 Sergio Perez 20
11 Kimi Raikkonen 17
12 Felipe Massa 12
13 Romain Grosjean 4
14 Jean-Eric Vergne 4
15 Daniil Kvyat 4

 

 

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