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Hamilton Leads Another 1-2 Mercedes Snoozefest At 2019 Spanish Grand Prix

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Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton led yet another Mercedes 1-2 snoozefest in the 2019 Formula One season – their fifth in a row – with the easy victory at the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton defeated his teammate, Valtteri Bottas with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finishing a distant third to claim the final podium position.

Bottas was the pole-sitter but Hamilton got a better start from the front row and both had to initially fend off a second row charge from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, but Vettel flat-spotted his tires trying to pass Bottas and Hamilton, which allowed Verstappen to pass him and dropped him [after some in-race shuffling with his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc] to his eventual finishing place of fourth.

Despite only six cars having a realistic shot at winning the race, Mercedes’ domination was so complete that three cars were lapped within 20 laps and nearly 3/4 of the field were on pace to be lapped had there not been a late-race crash among back markers that allowed a few cars to un-lap themselves.

With the victory, Hamilton reclaims the season lead in the 2019 Formula One driver’s championship and Verstappen moves into third overall.

2019 Top 10 Spanish Grand Prix

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes

3 Max Verstappen Red Bull

4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari

6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull

7 Kevin Magnussen Haas

8 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren

9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso

10 Romain Grosjean Haas

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