Madrid, May 14 (IANS) Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on Sunday won the Spanish Grand Prix following a titanic battle against Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari who finished in second place.

Hamilton was able to make good use of the pole position he assured in Saturday’s qualification in the Montmelo race circuit here, reports Xinhua news agency.

 

After securing the first place, Hamilton said, “It was just the rawest fight that I can remember having for some real time, This is what the sport needs to have at every single race, and this is why I race, and what got me into racing in the beginning.

“To have a close battle like that with a four-time champion is awesome. I have been racing for 24, 25 years and it feels like the first win.”

Daniel Ricciardo finished in third place after Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas retired with an engine problem, while Force India’s Sergio Perez was fourth, a lap behind the three leaders.

Vettel got off to a magnificent start and went into the lead. Hamilton was in close pursuit and in the end the power of his Mercedes was enough to see him to victory. Although a tyre chance which allowed him to get a better grip on the circuit was also a factor in a win which moves him to within six points of Vettel in the drivers’ championship.

(With Inputs from IANS) 

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