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Lewis Hamilton put in a dominant performance at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, winning with ease and showing Ferrari that Mercedes remains the team to beat in Formula One.
Lewis Hamilton sets a track record to take pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix. It is Hamilton’s record-extending 74th pole in Formula One and first since the season-opener in Australia. Valtteri Bottas will start second after finishing less than a tenth of a second behind his Mercedes teammate. Sebastian Vettel is third, followed by Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
Things have changed at Red Bull. The team appears to be putting a limit on the freedom it gives its drivers after seeing them crash into each other in the last Formula One race in Azerbaijan. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen know Red Bull is not going to sit and watch again as they bang wheels and risk crashing out. They said ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix that there won’t be team orders but Red Bull will intervene if it feels the drivers’ actions are hurting the team.
Mercedes has set the pace in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas led the first session and Lewis Hamilton the second at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Sebastian Vettel kept Ferrari close in the morning session but Red Bull was the main challenger to Mercedes in the afternoon run.
Just when McLaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low Friday when Fernando Alonso’s first lap of practice for the Spanish Grand Prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid. White smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his McLaren spun out of a turn and into the gravel at the start of the morning session at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya.
His pet bulldog in tow and sparkling gold chains draped over his Mercedes shirt, Lewis Hamilton struck a confident pose the day before practice starts at Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix. The scene was befitting of the driver that entered the year as the preseason pick to lead the title race following the stunning decision of last year’s champion Nico Rosberg to retire.