Hamilton wins easily over Bottas Ferrari had an advantage the first few races, but then Aldo Costa made improvements to the Mercedes and in the Spanish GP Sunday the Mercedes duo buried the Ferraris. Lewis Hamilton led all the way from pole (except for pitstops) to win for the 2nd race in a row and extend his point lead to 17 over Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas brought the 2nd Mercedes home 2nd and Max Verstappen was third ahead of Vettel after Ferrari blew another strategic pitstop call.
Hamilton over Bottas Ferrari may have won the last three pole positions, but when Aldo Costa engineers improvements on the Mercedes you are not going to beat his car. Lewis Hamilton put up a lap record 1m16.173s to beat his teammate Valtteri Bottas for pole by just 0.040s. While both Mercedes set their fast time on Supersoft tires, Sebastian Vettel turned in the third best time 0.132s behind Hamilton but on the harder soft tires, which might be telling for race pace on Sunday.
Hamilton wins in Azerbaijan after Bottas blows tire
Raikkonen and Perez 2nd and 3rd
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good and that was the case for Lewis Hamilton who won the exciting Azerbaijan GP after his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas blew a tire with two laps to go and Sebastian Vettel blew it by locking up going for the lead after the final restart. Kimi Raikkonen came home 2nd behind Hamilton as he had nothing for the Mercedes driver at the end.
Sebastian Vettel put his Ferrari on pole for the third straight F1 race in a row Saturday afternoon in qualifying for the Azerbaijan GP. The Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will start 2nd and 3rd after Kimi Raikkonen, who was on a front row lap, did a tank-slapper exiting the final turn coming onto the crucial long front straight, and ended up sixth.
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