Mercedes' Hamilton, Bottas finish 1-2 at Spanish Grand Prix

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen completed the podium positions, despite damaging his front wing after crashing into the back of Sergey Sirotkin's Williams, to leave Vettel 17 points adrift of Hamilton.

The defending world champion had to wait until the fourth round in Azerbaijan to pick up his first win of the campaign, but an imperious drive in Barcelona made it back-to-back victories for the Briton.

The win was Hamilton's 41st from pole position, one more than the previous record he shared with retired seven times champion Schumacher. Overall we were a little bit quicker [than Verstappen] but as the laps went on, we just didn't have enough pace.

"I think today has been a rejuvenating experience", Hamilton said. "A 1-2 for the team", Hamilton said.

"I've been racing a long time so to still have that feeling when you do have that win, and that happiness and that uplift inside (is special)", he said. I think that showed in my face. "Coming across the line, I'm happy I did it in the way I planned to".

The poor results by Vettel and Raikkonen dropped Ferrari behind Mercedes at the top of the constructors' championship.

The safety auto has helped add to the drama of the early part of the 2018 season and its appearance early in Sunday's race means it has been used in the opening five races of a championship for the first time.

Mercedes has struggled compared to Ferrari at times this season, with Sebastian Vettel winning the opening two races and taking three consecutive pole positions as the Scuderia had a more consistent vehicle.

"We couldn't make the tyres last, so for us it was clear we come in again".

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"Even in the end, with the fresher set, I wasn't able to attack", he added.

"During the whole weekend it has been tough to find the right balance on these new tires, but I see no reason for not being optimistic for the next race", Vettel said.

Ferrari clearly had more problems than Mercedes making them last, however, but Vettel was not making excuses. After Raikkonen's vehicle suffered from power unit issues in the Free Practice 2 session, the Iceman retired from the race from what seemed to be a similar issue.

The 33-year-old British driver was in a class of his own as he galloped to a 21-second triumph - lapping the field up to fifth - while his main championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, faltered to only fourth place.

In total, six cars failed to finish.

But Mercedes, who pitted some 10 laps earlier than the two Red Bulls, managed their tyres to the finish, while Vettel's hopes were futher dashed by his own slow second stop under the virtual safety vehicle. "It's a good feeling".

But it was the virtual safety auto that arguably had the biggest say in Sunday's race. His finish helped Haas jump up to 6th place with 19 points, one ahead of Force India. Sergio Perez took ninth in his Force India, and Sauber finished with one point, courtesy of Charles LeClerc in 10th.

The safety car's appearance was brought about by a huge crash that saw Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly wiped out by a spinning Romain Grosjean on the opening lap.