SPANISH HAM Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix to extend lead at top of F1 standings over Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas

LEWIS HAMILTON eased to a dominant Spanish Grand Prix victory while his rivals wilted in the Barcelona heat. Hamilton lapped every car up to fourth place and extended his lead at the top of the standings to 37 points as he eyes a seventh world title. Mercedes spent most of the weekend fearing Max Verstappen in his Red Bull that had been softer on tyres in hot temperatures. But it was Verstappen who felt the heat and complained of tyre wear and degradation on the team radio. And that meant Hamilton could streak clear having started from pole position in Catalunya. Verstappen came home in second while Valtteri Bottas recovered from a poor start to clinch the final podium place. Verstappen added: “To be able to split them today was very good for us.

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