Lewis Hamilton took his fourth straight victory for Mercedes and moved into a three-point championship lead over team mate Nico Rosberg after resisting the German in a thrilling climax in Spain on Sunday.
Just as it had in Bahrain, when the pair staged another spectacular duel, their fight developed into one of differing strategies. After Hamilton kept the lead in the first stints, Rosberg changed to the hard Pirelli tyres as Hamilton took another set of mediums. Rosberg really made the hards work for him, setting up the dramatic finale to the 66-lap race.
And what a crushing demonstration it was for the Anglo-German cars. Daniel Ricciardo figured third place was the best position possible for Red Bull and indeed took the final podium slot legally for the first time after a strong run, but he was 49s behind Hamilton by the finish.
|3||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
|4||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault|
|9||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes|
|10||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes|