Every driver, apart from those on the podium, was lapped during an exhausting contest that saw Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and last year's victor, Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, crash into retirement on the first lap.
Bottas, who celebrated his first career victory in Russian Federation two weeks ago, made glancing contact with his compatriot and the impact pitched Raikkonen into Verstappen on the other side, smashing the suspension on both cars. "It was the rawest fight I can remember", said the triple world champion.
"He managed a really good exit and was really quick in last sector and managed to win the race". "I don't have a drink in the auto [to save weight], so yeah I was feeling it, and that's how racing should be". This is what the sport needs to be like every single weekend.
Hamilton won despite suffering another poor getaway.
"He was so fast out in front and it was such a push to keep in touch with him and not let him pull away".
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Most teams upgraded their respective cars for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Mercedes unveiling several significant modifications to the W08. "I thought I did everything I was supposed to do, but got wheel spin".
"We know how racing goes, if he had hit me at Turn 1 and I didn't finish the race and he did, it wouldn't be 'great job Sebastian!'"
Hamilton's second win in five races this season cut Vettel's lead from 13 points to six heading into the Monaco GP.
Ferrari junior driver Charles Leclerc extended his F2 championship lead with a win and a fourth place in the two races at Barcelona. Valtteri Bottas also failed to see the chequered flag in his Mercedes, as his engine gave in on Lap 40.
Sebastian Vettel lost the battle, not the Formula One title.
"It was aggressive but I was able to remain in the fight fortunately and I avoided a collision ultimately".
"Lewis was on a different strategy while I was running long". I tried to carry speed and, for sure, we didn't collide on objective. So I admire their concentration and how they are so awesome and stay at the limit. We both love racing.