Formula 1 – Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to win Spanish Grand...

Formula 1 – Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to win Spanish Grand Prix

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Formula 1 – Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to win Spanish Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg capitalised on his pole position to beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the top of the podium at the Spanish Grand Prix..

Hamilton had started alongside Rosberg at the front of the grid, but failed to get away well and lost a place almost immediately to Ferrari‘s Sebastian Vettel.

“The car has been perfect!” enthused Rosberg on the podium. “Today has worked out really well.”

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Nico Rosberg eased to Spanish Grand Prix victory

“I had lots of wheelspin [at the start],” admitted Hamilton. “This is a difficult weekend for me. I’m looking forward to Monaco.”

Vettel complained about traffic over the radio during the race, suggesting the blue flag should have been out for the back of the field, but confessed afterwards: “If you’re a racing driver, you always need something to complain about – especially if you’re German.”

Williams’s Valtteri Bottas finished in fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari in fifth and Felipe Massa of Williams in sixth.

Both Red Bulls managed respectable finishes, with Daniel Ricciardo in seventh and Dany Kvyat in tenth. Their junior Toro Rosso colleagues also did well, with Max Verstappen in 11th and Carlos Sainz crossing the line in ninth, although he was later investigated by stewards for contact with Kvyat in the closing lap.

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Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Grand Prix d’Espagne 2015

Perhaps the biggest dramas of the day came in the pit lane. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso overshot the marks, striking the front jack, but fortunately his technicians managed to jump out of the way. Unsurprisingly, he was then withdrawn from the race because of brake failure.

One of the Lotus technicians was not so fortunate, however, as Romain Grosjean also failed to stop in time and hit the front jack, sending him flying into the air. He was later seen in the garage with grazed knees and an ice pack on his other injuries.

Rosberg, meanwhile, extended his lead throughout, and although Hamilton’s team adjusted their strategy to incorporate three pit stops, attempting to capitalise via the undercut, their man only managed to get past Vettel.

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