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Lewis Hamilton relishing 'rawest fight' he can remember after Spain GP win

Lewis Hamilton relishing 'rawest fight' he can remember after Spain GP win

Mercedes has been working hard to bring down the weight of its W08 design, after starting the season struggling to get near the 728kg weight limit for vehicle and driver.

Currently, Sebastian Vettel is still No.1 in the driver's standings with 104, six more than second-placed Hamilton who closed the gap a little bit, between them with this win. The Mercedes driver crossed the line 3.4 seconds clear of Vettel, while his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who won the last race in Russian Federation (his first ever win), had to retire after his engine gave up on Lap 38.

Hamilton regained first place from the Ferrari driver on lap 44 and held on comfortably despite his soft tyres degrading as Vettel's medium compounds maintained condition. "Outside the track we are not best friends, I have known him for a long time but I don't have a problem with him. This is why I race, to have that close battle with him, a four-time champ, is awesome". "It was just very unlucky - it was just a small touch really".

"Fantastic job this weekend thank you so much, the strategy was on point", Hamilton said.

I am happy when we have the chance to race the Mercedes cars, we can be very happy but not entirely happy today.

Starting from fourth and fifth, Kimi Raikkonen and 2016 race victor Max Verstappen came together when trying to squeeze around the first turn with Bottas alongside them.

"There was nothing me or Max could have done, when you get hit from behind in that way there's no way to avoid the collision", he said.




The two drivers talked about the incident in the post-race news conference, which happened as Vettel emerged from the pits after his final stop alongside Hamilton's Mercedes.

That cut Hamilton's deficit from 7.3 seconds to less than five, but Vettel limited the damage with a stunning passing move on Bottas into Turn One.

The teams' tire strategy then came into play.

"I think I got the maximum out of the vehicle today and moving on to Monaco we will have a few more updates, which will hopefully give us another step, and at that track it's fair to say anything can happen". "At the end I was able to manage the soft tires".

"It was an unfortunate start to the race which ultimately finished it also", he said. Then, when I was alone, he just flew past me down the straight. Renault's Nico Hulkenburg finished sixth ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr in seventh.

"The majority of races we do, you get into the first stint, you realise you're second, so you have to back off, save your tyres, so you're driving at 80 percent, so you have loads of energy", he told United Kingdom broadcasters Channel 4. He added his hopeful 12th-place finish to the leg of Spanish ham that a fan handed him over a barbed-wire fence while he was greeting his home supporters before the race.


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