Spanish Grand Prix: Hamilton takes pole ahead of Vettel

So far this season, Hamilton and his main rival for the title, Sebastian Vettel, have won two races each with the Brit winning the latest race - Spanish Grand Prix.

It his second win this season, having taken the flag in China, while his 55th career victory also brings him level with Vettel on two wins apiece this season.

Up front, Vettel was 2.2 seconds clear of Hamilton at the end of the an incident-fuelled opening lap, and that is how it remained as the two championship protagonists traded times. I didn't have any real battles and my race was more about trying to keep a rhythm and maintain concentration.

"I think it was just the rawest fight that I can remember having for some time, for which I loved", he said.

"A lot of the races that we do with the type of racing that we sometimes have to do, where you're saving fuel, like in the last race for example [in Russia], I couldn't push because the auto was overheating". You're just using everything you've got so for sure, in that first stint, for instance. This is what the sport needs to be like every single weekend.

"To have that close battle with him, with a four-time champ, is awesome", Hamilton, himself a three-time champion, said about Vettel.

Hamilton won despite suffering another poor getaway.

Lewis Hamilton took home the win at the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix, thereby breaking a streak of 10 different winners by becoming the sole repeat victor in the last 11 years.

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"I think I got the maximum out of the vehicle today and moving on to Monaco we will have a few more updates, which will hopefully give us another step, and at that track it's fair to say anything can happen". "He didn't give me much space, it was close".

The Force India cars were great during the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix. "At the end I was able to manage the soft tires".

When Ferrari beat Mercedes to the first pit stop, preventing Hamilton stealing a march by stopping earlier and benefiting from fresh tyres, the race appeared to be Vettel's to lose.

For much of the fifth round of the season here in Barcelona it looked as though it was going to be Vettel who would extend his title lead to 20 points after executing the ideal start to leapfrog his championship rival.

Bottas said: "It's been a tough weekend". Bottas was later forced to stop his Mercedes when it started spouting smoke midway through the race. The most important thing is that we were there.

"At least we got more points than Ferrari today in spite of the retirement". Bottas clipped the rear-right wheel of Raikkonen as he went down the outside of the Mercedes at the first corner and the Ferrari bounced into the Dutchman. I had a good start but there was no were to go.

"There was nothing me or Max could have done, when you get hit from behind in that way there's no way to avoid the collision", he said.

"Lewis was on a different strategy while I was running long".

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