Lewis Hamilton took a dominant win at the Spanish Grand Prix from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third.
Hamilton led from pole position. Bottas, who started alongside his team-mate in an all Mercedes front row, lost out to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the start.
The race leader had to navigate multiple virtual safety car periods during the race, as well as a full safety car deployed for an opening lap crash caused by Romain Grosjean who had spun in Turn 3. The Haas driver collected Pierre Gasly and Nico Hulkenberg in the process.
Ferrari pitted Vettel early from second, forcing Mercedes to react with Bottas a couple of laps later. Hamilton had already built a commanding 10-second lead and stayed out longer, with is only pitstop coming on lap 26.
When the virtual safety car came out to recover Esteban Ocon’s Force India which was stranded after a suspected power unit issue, Ferrari elected to stop Vettel who then lost track position to Max Verstappen. Mercedes didn’t pit either Hamilton or the now second-placed Bottas and both cruised to the flag on their one-stop strategy.
Behind the leading four, despite being fast and setting the fastest lap of the race, Daniel Ricciardo brought the second Red Bull home in fifth. He had a spin shortly after the Ocon-induced virtual safety car.
It was a lonely race for Kevin Magnussen, finishing in sixth place. The Haas driver was not able to compete with the top three teams but was faster than both Renault and McLaren. Carlos Sainz Jr finished ahead of his countryman Fernando Alonso, despite the pair nearly colliding on the opening lap.
Two laps down Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc rounded out the top 10.
Unusually for Barcelona, it was a race of attrition with six retirements. Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Ocon and Kimi Raikkonen stopped through mechanical failures, along with Grosjean, Gasly and Hulkenberg who were eliminated in the first lap accident. Grosjean, whose spin caused the accident, will be heading to the stewards after the race.