Lewis Hamilton Mercedes dominates the Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton led Valtteri Bottas to the fifth consecutive Mercedes one-two at the start of this season after dominating the Spanish Grand Prix.

The world champion, who started second, passed Bottas into the first corner and eased away to an ultimately comfortable win, despite a late safety car.

A long way behind, Ferrari used team tactics yet again but lost out to Red Bull's Max Verstappen for third.

But a disheartening performance for the Italian team on a weekend they hoped would make a step forward only emphasized the sense that Mercedes is in a league of their own this year and that the championship fight is already a private one between Hamilton and Bottas.

Hamilton, with three wins to the Finn's two and a point for the fastest lap from Spain to add to his tally, leads Bottas by seven points and their closest rival, Verstappen, is a massive 46 points behind, with Vettel a further two adrift, and Leclerc 10 behind him.

Mercedes' lead is not far off two clear wins, at 25 points for a victory, and the size of the advantage at just about the quarter-way mark of a 21-race season underlines Mercedes' superiority

Lando Norris made contact with Racing Points Canadian Lance Stroll after trying to overtake the Canadian on the outside in the corner knocking the Canadian out of the race.

2019 Spanish Grand Prix Results 

1  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes 

2  Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes  

3  Max Verstappen  Red Bull  

4  Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari  

5  Charles Leclerc  Ferrari 

6  Pierre Gasly  Red Bull  

7  Kevin Magnussen  Haas  

8  Carlos Sainz Jnr  McLaren  

9  Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso  

10  Romain Grosjean  Haas 

11  Alexander Albon  Toro Rosso  

12  Daniel Ricciardo  Renault  

13  Nico Hulkenberg  Renault   

14  Kimi Raikkonen  Alfa Romeo  

15  Sergio Perez  Racing Point  

16  Antonio Giovinazzi  Alfa Romeo   

17  George Russell  Williams 

18  Robert Kubica  Williams  

Lance Stroll  Racing Point  Retired 

R  Lando Norris  McLaren   

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