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HAMILTON DOMINATES SPANISH GRAND PRIX FOR 88TH WIN


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Lewis Hamilton has taken his 88th career victory in Formula One after leading every lap and pulling away from second placed Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton missed out on his seventh Grand Slam (pole, fastest lap and lead every lap) after on the final lap of the race Bottas set the timings sheet alight with the fastest lap for the extra point. However Hamilton did break the record for most podiums with an incredible 156 to his name.

The start is vital at Catalunya with the 600m run down to turn one so a good start can really boost your chances of a good result and of course Hamilton got away well from pole position however Bottas didn't quite have the same fortunes dropping back from second place behind Verstappen and the two Racing Points.

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With Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas out in front it left the rest of the pack to battle it out for fourth place. The main battle was between the Racing Point teammates of Stroll and Perez with Stroll coming out on top after Sergio Perez was handed a five second time penalty after ignoring blue flags. A fourth and fifth place finish in this race is Racing Points best finish this season.

Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri) was also handed a five second for ignoring blue flags.

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Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) was the only retirement from this race after his engine cut out coming into the chicane leading onto the start finish straight - Leclerc got his car going once again but just a few laps later retired from the race. Leclerc's teammate Sebastian Vettel did however manage to finish in a very respectable seventh place earning some valuable points for his championship tally.

The next race is the Belgian Grand Prix.