Hamilton leads a Mercedes 1-2 in Barcelona

Hamilton has taken the lead in the championship after the race in Barcelona with a largely unchallenged drive at the Spanish grand prix.

Mercedes look to be back on form after a slow start to the year, locking out the front row and securing first and second place in the race.

Hamilton romped away from the start and immediately gained a large lead over Vettel, who managed a clean pass on Bottas on lap one. The German unfortunately lost the position in a strange choice of pitstops in the latter half of the race, slipping to fourth under a safety car and going onto a second set of the slower tyres.

Frenchman Grosjean caused probably the most exciting part of the race by going wide into turn one and losing the back end, he then floored the throttle to spin round and created a wall of smoke, which led to a chain reaction of accidents. Hulkenberg and Gasly were at this point out of the race.

Kimi Raikkonen, Stoffell Vandoorne and Esteban Ocon were all later rendered spectators as they had mechanical failures, unfortunately.

So, what about the other main players? Verstappen picked up third by running a solid race with his teammate in fifth, spinning under the safety car, (see the video below). Bit of an odd one for a driver usually so composed!

Magnussen managed to take sixth, leading home talents Sainz and Alonso with the only surviving Force India of Perez in ninth. Leclerc rounded out the top ten with back to back points for the Sauber.

All in all not the most exciting of races, and surely the blistering pace of Mercedes will be scaring the other teams ahead of Monaco, which Barcelona is often considered the precursor to in terms of results.

Hopefully the Ferrari boys can pull back some performance and challenge again.

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