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Spanish GP 2017 Live Race Updates

Updated: 14 May 2017 19:14 IST - Published: 14 May 2017 17:17 IST
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Mercedes lead the constructor's championship by 8 points, but Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers' championship still by 6! 
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A solid showing from Force India F1 as well, who finish in P4 for Sergio Perez and P5 for Esteban Ocon. 
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Commendations for Daniel Ricciardo - who scores his first podium of 2017 here in Barcelona! 
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Hamilton wins, with Vettel in second. A solid solid fight from both right till the last few laps . 
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LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX! 
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LAST LAP!!! 
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Haas F1 mixup with Kevin Magnussen gunning for points and he has a right rear puncture! 
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Felipe Massa comes along right behind teammate Lance Stroll, STR in P14 and MAS in P15
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Lots of confusion on the track right now. Force India are really giving Williams a run for their money in the championship. Solid points scoring! 
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Plan C is very likely Vettel pitting again. We've only got 8 laps to go so unlikely anyone's going to do that now, but Vettel's losing time and how. Same as Vettel. Mediums aren't doing too well here in Barcelona! 
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That is one MASSIVE gap between the top 3. P1 and P2 close enough.. P3 RIC 62 seconds behind race leader Hamilton. Surreal. 
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Vettel is dropping back and Ferrari, curiously, tell him they want to switch to Plan C. What's up there? 
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EVERYONE is Kimi today! Radio comms keep hearing drivers asking to be left alone.
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Hamilton's clearly having problems. "It's hard to pull away from him," he says over radio.
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Hamilton's rears are overheating. May have to pit. Giving Vettel the lead. Heart's got to go out for Pascal Wehrlein though, he's raced brilliantly for P7 today but he'll have a 5s penalty - for failing to stay on the right side of the bollard! 
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But there's another twist in the tale! Hamilton's taken the lead but "the rear is already overheating," he complains! It's not so easy for Mercedes just yet...
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"There was no chance" Vettel says, "he was going like a train." 

We'll say. 

The pace is ALWAYS with the soft tires. 
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THIS IS NOT A DRILL. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. HAMILTON PUSHES AND PUSHES AND TAKES THE LEAAAD! 
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A moment of lightness in what is a VERY tight, very tense race as Sainz says "leave me alone" on team radio. 

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HOOO BOY. What a fight for P1 between VET and HAM! Vettel is driving very defensively to hold off Hamilton here and it's working...for now, but Hamilton is GAINING. 
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So we have Mercedes and Ferrari on equal footing again - and by that we mean each team has one driver remaining! 
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BREAKING: That's the END of the race for Valtteri Bottas! He has smoke pouring out of the back of his car. 
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At the start-stop chicane at Barcelona-Catalunya, Vettel is fighting on AND HOW! Vettel just releases the steering and sticks on the lead.
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WOW that was CLOOOOOSE! VET pits and gets mediums for his final set - he comes out JUUUUUUUUUST ahead of Hamilton and stays in P1. I definitely held my breath there! 

0.586s separating VET and HAM. Whew.
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HAM pits - and he's going on to a set of softs for his LAST set of tyres for this race! He comes out same as he came in, in P2! 
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Wehrlein and Kvyat pit, so does Stroll! The Virtual Safety Car is out and we're just ahead of the halfway mark! 
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THAT is the end of the race for McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne - and for once, it's through no fault of the car. VAN misjudges an overtake of Massa, who passes him, and now ALO is still out there. In p16.
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Alonso pits in Lap 33 and goes onto another set of softs. 
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Mercedes push Hamilton to close the gap to Vettel - but he's not sounding happy with the tyres. "I don't think I can do five laps on this tyre" he says. 

Trouble in championship paradise?
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FYI: Vettel is quicker on the softs than Hamilton is on the mediums.
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Force India moves on up though, with Perez in P5 and Ocon in P6! Two talented drivers for the team and this year, both performing really well! 
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Hamilton on Medium tyres while Vettel is on softs. Look like Mercedes are trying for a one-stopper for HAM - expect they believe he can go the remaining 39 laps on one set. Can that gap be made up? 

I wouldn't be so sure. 
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Hamilton now closes in over Bottas and there's now a VET-HAM P1/P2! There's now a 4s gap between VET and HAM and Ferrari won't mind that Kimi shunt too much...
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Curves, chicanes, and FINALLY, Sebastian Vettel TAKES THE LEAAAAD! 

Vettel pretends to take the inside line and goes on the outside of Bottas instead. Brilliant commitment from the German.
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Bottas in the lead is getting a whopper of a fight from Vettel and the 4-time champion is REALLY putting everything into that car! 
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Sergio Perez of Force India pits and loses a spot with a slow pit stop! Less than ideal that, but Vettel races ahead as HAM pits - and he's now in P2 behind Bottas!
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Stoffel Vandoorne tries - and gets up a position on Jolyon Palmer of Renault! 
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Team Mercedes can hear it - and so can we! Lewis Hamilton is really, really wanting to pit - and team Mercedes tell him NOT to.
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"This is your window Lewis, give it all you got" say Mercedes. He's not too pacey now given the tyre wear he's already seen.
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel now in P3 - HAM, BOT and RIC all yet to pit!!
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Vettel gets past Daniel Ricciardo! 
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Race leader Vettel pits on lap 15 and exits in P2 - but Massa enters the pits just ahead and delays him! Hamilton and Bottas now in the lead with Ricciardo behind them - Vettel in P4 now! 
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What on earth was Carlos Sainz thinking? The driver and Kevin Magnussen go side by side with Sainz on the grass saying Magnussen (HAAS) pushed him off! 
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Mercedes say on team radio they are now eyeing HAM's pit window. This one's looking like a three stopper with all of these drivers pitting.
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Let's take a quick moment to remember Alonso's phenomenal racing yesterday. Despite a struggling engine with no pace on the straights, the two-time F1 champion finished quali in P7. Not a mean feat. And it's a testament to the Spaniard's talent more than anything else.
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Teammate Stoffel Vandoorne has also pitted.
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Alonso pits in lap 13! He comes out quickly in P14.