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Motorsport weekend wrap: Hamilton edges Vettel in thrilling Spanish GP

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo Spain Sunday Hamilton wins Spanish GP ahead of Vettel
Montrelle Montesinos | 20 Мая, 2017, 00:54

Sebastian Vettel snatched the lead of the race from polesitter Lewis Hamilton off the line, as the Spanish Grand Prix got underway.

"It was definitely close but as I said that is how racing should be.

I love tennis, I love watching (Roger) Federer and (Novak) Djokovic in a final, and what I really admire is the consistency", Hamilton said afterwards.

"This one I was on a knife edge the whole way, flat chat, first trying to catch him... and when you are flat chat you are using your whole body to balance the vehicle".

"We just had a close battle and if it had gone a different direction then obviously it could be different. My neck is fine, but I lost almost two kilos out there today and I was really straining to keep up with Seb", Hamilton added. He was tough and hard just to the edge and no more.

Vettel had a great jump from second on the grid, going past Hamilton to the first right-hand turn and staying in front just as his Ferrari partner's race ended.

"Sometimes you have a bit of luck, like last year, sometimes you don't as we can see this year", Verstappen said.

When Vettel replied: "I thought I gave you space too..."

"I'm in a much better position than last year so 2017 is a much better year so far". It was close, it was cool.

Hamilton's out-of-breath radio communication during his Spanish GP battle with Sebastian Vettel prompted questions about how physically demanding he had found the race, to which Hamilton revealed his deliberate lack of a drinks bottle.

As the German raced away from the pit lane he emerged wheel-to-wheel with Hamilton.

Vettel surged ahead of pole-sitter Hamilton from lights out to lead after turn one, but Mercedes flipped their strategy to take first place, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claiming third - his best performance of the season.

But Bottas did have an impact on the race, slowing Vettel down as he tried to pass the Finn, allowing Hamilton to make up time on the Ferrari. This is what the sport needs to be every single race and this is why I race and what got me into racing.

Despite not winning a race since, Verstappen came very close previous year with four more runner-up finishes.

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 flawless start to leapfrog his championship rival.

Hamilton recovered from losing the lead to Vettel at the start by reclaiming first place on track in a final-stint battle that included the pair banging wheels.

"I was able to manage my tyres in the first stint and keep relatively close, then it was tricky to keep up on the Medium tyre and then after the second stop".

"I was doing everything I could to stay in front, but as soon as I was alone he just flew past me down the straight, which was a shame".