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Hamilton won the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix and rules F1

Hamilton won the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix and rules F1

Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix, taking the lead in the World Championship from his teammate, Finn Valtteri Botas.

Hamilton, who won his third grand prix of the season, entered the finish line ahead of Bottas, second, and the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda), who was third.

To his victory, the Briton adds the extra point that will give him having done the fastest lap at the Montmeló circuit, near Barcelona.

The Briton now leads the F1 World Championship with 112 points, seven more than Bottas, keeping third, Verstappen, who has 66 points, far behind.

“We are making history, we have done five doubles and I am proud to be a part of that,” said Hamilton after finishing the race.

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And it is that Mercedes maintains its undeniable dominance at the start of the season by completing its fifth consecutive race taking first and second places.

The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc could only be fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hamilton took the lead in the race from the start without ever abandoning it.

Bottas found himself sandwiched in the first corner right out of the box, between Hamilton and Vettel, but managed to narrowly keep his second position, while the German Ferrari driver got off a bit and had to let Verstappen pass.

The Dutchman was able to maintain his position relatively comfortably throughout the race, as Vettel and Leclerc waged their own fratricidal war for fourth place.

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The Spanish Carlos Sainz (McLaren) managed to finish in eighth position, having left the sixth row of the starting grid. AFP

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