Spanish Grand Prix



Formula 1



Sun 14th May 2017

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
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The 2017 Spanish Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2017) was a Formula One motor race held on 14 May 2017 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmeló, Spain. The 47th edition of the race, which was held over sixty-six laps, was the fifth round of the 2017 season.

Vettel had a better start than Hamilton and led into the first corner. Then an incident with Bottas, Räikkönen and Verstappen meant that both Räikkönen and Verstappen retired with suspension damage and Bottas was left slightly handicapped. The incident also caused Felipe Massa to obtain a puncture, while also forcing Alonso off the track, leading them to eventually finish the race outside of the points. This left the top ten as Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Pérez, Ocon, Hülkenberg, Magnussen, Sainz and Grosjean. Hamilton stuck with Vettel for 14 laps, when Ferrari decided to cover off the undercut by pitting for softs. Hamilton meanwhile stayed out on track for 7 extra laps and rejoined around 7 seconds behind Vettel on the medium tyres. Vettel lost around 4 seconds to Hamilton trying to get past Bottas, who hadn't pitted yet, before completing a spectacular overtake on Bottas.

With just over 30 laps remaining, the McLaren of Vandoorne drove into Massa and retired with suspension damage, earning him a grid penalty at the next race. The Virtual Safety Car (VSC) was brought out so his car could be removed and this allowed Hamilton to pit for the faster soft tyres, while not losing much time to Vettel due to the limited speed. Vettel then pitted for the slower medium tyres as was required, just when the VSC had finished, resulting in Vettel coming out of the pitlane alongside Hamilton. They touched wheels and Hamilton was forced off the track and had to fall behind Vettel. Then on lap 38, the Mercedes of Bottas suffered an engine failure (from the engine he had used for all previous races) and this promoted Ricciardo into a podium place. Meanwhile, Pascal Wehrlein who was doing a one-stop, used the VSC to his advantage and came out of the pits in 8th; he then got promoted to 7th following Bottas's retirement. However, he received a five-second penalty for an error in entering the pit lane.

Hamilton, with faster tyres, then managed to overtake Vettel for the lead on the pit straight on lap 44 and held on to the lead to win the race, reducing Vettel's lead in the championship to 6 points and increasing Mercedes's lead in the Constructors' Championship to 8 points over Ferrari. Ricciardo finished 3rd for his first podium of the season and took the 5th place in the Championship from Verstappen. Despite new upgrades, his Red Bull was 75 seconds behind Hamilton, the furthest back they had been all season, and Ricciardo was the only other car apart from the 2 leaders to finish on the lead lap. The next to cross the line were the Force Indias of Pérez and Ocon. Then Nico Hülkenberg finished in 6th place for Renault, their highest finish since returning to the sport in 2016. Wehrlein crossed the line in 7th but was demoted to 8th with his penalty, still picking up 4 valuable points for the struggling Sauber team, with the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz being promoted to the 7th in his stead. Kvyat and Grosjean finished 9th and 10th respectively after Kevin Magnussen, who was running in 9th, suffered a late puncture due to contact with Kvyat and fell to 14th. Fernando Alonso finished in 12th, the first time he had finished a race in the season, but he admitted he was lacking the race pace to go with his superb qualifying.

Result List
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 66 1:35:56.497 1 25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 66 +3.490 2 18
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 66 +1:15.820 6 15
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 8 12
5 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 10 10
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 65 +1 lap 13 8
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 65 +1 lap 12 6
8 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 65 +1 lap1 15 4
9 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 65 +1 lap 19 2
10 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 65 +1 lap 14 1
11 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 64 +2 laps 16
12 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 64 +2 laps 7
13 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 64 +2 laps 9
14 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 64 +2 laps 11
15 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 64 +2 laps 17
16 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 64 +2 laps 18
Ret 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 38 Engine 3
Ret 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 32 Accident 20
Ret 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1 Damage 5
Ret 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 0 Suspension 4



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