Verstappen third in Barcelona, Ricciardo fifth

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 13: Third place finisher Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2018 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

First podium of the year for the Red Bull Racing driver at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton secured his second win in a row this Sunday, the Briton cruising to victory with teammate Valtteri Bottas second and Max Verstappen holding off a late Sebastian Vettel charge to secure P3.

Pole-sitter Hamilton controlled proceedings from the start, which saw three drivers wiped out of the race in the opening lap at Turn 3 when the Haas of Romain Grosjean spun before collecting Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly along the way.

Hamilton kept out of trouble though, ultimately finishing 20s ahead of Bottas to lead the first Mercedes one-two of the season as Verstappen held his nerve to keep Vettel at bay.

Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo came home in fifth. Brendon Hartley from Scuderia Toro Rosso took 12th despite a heavy crash during practice.

Red Bull Racing

MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 13: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and third place finisher Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrate on the podium during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2018 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 5th
“I always feel quite good on this track and today has been a nice turning point after the first few races where it hasn’t gone to plan. To come back and get on the podium is really nice. The car behaved really well all race on both soft and medium tyres. It felt balanced and had good pace so I was confident I could push on and achieve a good result. We lost a bit too much time at the beginning behind Kimi and it would have been hard to overtake him. We got a bit lucky with him having the problem and therefore allowing us to get an extra place and increase our speed. After that I could settle down and concentrate on my own race. I saw Sebastian approaching but I knew I had relatively fresh tyres so it would be hard for him to overtake, this allowed me to manage the situation quite well. I had some damage to the front wing which luckily didn’t affect the performance too much. The piece fell off and it only meant a small amount of oversteer so I was able to keep a solid pace and bring it home in third place. We were quick here in the last sector which is all low speed corners so looking ahead to Monaco we can hope for a good result. We will concentrate on the set-up, get a good balance and hopefully put ourselves in with a real chance.”

MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 13: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2018 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 5th Start Position 6th
“It was certainly a strange race. At the beginning we had good pace and it seemed like Kimi was a bit slower than Max and myself. I thought I was faster than them but then once they picked up the pace I wasn’t really able to go with them. When we pitted for the medium tyre we came out in traffic and lost some rhythm. I also had a spin on the VSC re-start, struggling to keep heat in the tyres, which really put me out of the race. Fortunately there were no walls but it put me in no-man’s land. There were moments where the car was really fast but it was just too difficult to get it every lap. I would set the fastest lap and then the next lap I would nearly spin. There is potential but it’s just hard to extract consistently at the moment, so we have some more to learn with this new package. In the end, it was a pretty boring race but I’m going to take some positives from the potential we have. Monaco should be our strongest circuit to date on raw pace so I’m looking forward to getting there in a few weeks.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal:
“A solid performance today, picking up a podium, and our 150th podium which is notable and deserved achievement for the team. It is also Max’s first podium of the season which will be a good confidence boost for him after enduring a tricky first four races. We had strong pace in the race today and managed to make the soft tyre go pretty much to half distance. The pit stops got us onto the medium tyre which was always going to put us in better shape for the last 25 per cent of the race. Unfortunately Max sustained some damage in contact with the Williams of Lance Stroll under the Virtual Safety Car but even with that damage he had enough pace in hand to maintain track position ahead of Sebastian and make the podium. Daniel had some consolation in his race with the fastest lap proving the strength of the upgrades brought to Spain this weekend. Unfortunately he lost a bit of ground with a spin during the VSC period but once again we’ve seen that we have a competitive race car.”

Scuderia Toro Rosso

MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 13: Brendon Hartley of New Zealand driving the (28) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR13 Honda on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2018 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

Brendon Hartley (STR13-03, Car 28)
Race: Pos. 12th
“I had a clean start and made up a few positions on the first lap. The mechanics did an amazing job to get the car ready for today – it was actually finished last night – we just had to do the car setup this morning. We decided to pit under the first safety car and go straight on to the medium to effectively do a one-stop. It worked, but it meant we lost a lot a couple of positions in the beginning. It was difficult to overtake today, I think some of the cars around us had a bit more top speed which made life difficult. I had a good overtake on Marcus at the end to get 12th and if I had made the overtake a little bit earlier there would have been the chance for 11th as well, because the pace was definitely there at the end of the race.”

MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 13: Pierre Gasly of Scuderia Toro Rosso and France during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2018 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) / Red Bull Content Pool

Pierre Gasly (STR13-04, Car 10)
Race: Retired
“Starting from P12, we were two positions away from P10 so points were clearly the target. Unfortunately, we couldn’t achieve any, which is a shame. It’s only the fifth race of the season but it’s a missed opportunity. The crash with Romain at the start was a big mess, I saw some space on the inside with Nico and I tried to cut the corner as much as possible, but suddenly he came back completely towards us. It took both Nico and myself out. It seems like every weekend I have a peak of adrenaline with different incidents! Clearly it’s a big shame not to be able to fight with the others and get a good result. The impact was big but I am fine, I’m just disappointed to be out on lap 1, because you work all weekend for the race and the chance to fight for points, but the excitement ended pretty quickly. Now we just need to focus on the test next week.”

Franz Tost (Team Principal):
“Unfortunately, this was not our weekend. Yesterday we faced a heavy crash with Brendon in qualifying. In the race today, it was difficult to make up places because, as we know, in Barcelona it’s not easy to overtake. Pierre was unlucky at the start of the race, he couldn’t do anything to avoid the crash with Grosjean. It was unfortunate for him and the team because I think he could have scored some points today. The fact is that we were off the pace here, and now we need to concentrate on Monaco, targeting to get back into the points.”

Spanish Grand Prix – Race Results:
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Valtteri Bottas
3 Max Verstappen
4 Sebastian Vettel
5 Daniel Ricciardo
6 Kevin Magnussen
7 Carlos Sainz
8 Fernando Alonso
9 Sergio Perez
10 Charles Leclerc

Drivers Standings:
1 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES
2 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI
3 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES
4 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI
5 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER
6 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER
7 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN RENAULT
8 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT
9 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI
10 Carlos Sainz RENAULT

 

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