By Daniel Wilson.
Nico Rosberg dominated the Spanish Grand Prix to claim his first victory of the season ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.
The German driver led from start to finish in an impressive display of management and control as Hamilton fought back from a poor start and a long scrap with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
The world champion got a lot of rear wheel spin off the line to allow Vettel to get ahead, and almost lost the place to Bottas but stayed in third around the outside of turn one.
After a slow first pit stop, the Briton switched to a three-stop strategy to get ahead of the two-stopping Vettel, who eventually fell 45 seconds adrift of the winner at the chequered flag.
Valterri Bottas fended off Kimi Raikkonen for fourth after a long fight in the closing stint, with teammate Felipe Massa coming home a lonely sixth.
Red Bull continued their poor form with Ricciardo and Kvyat finishing 7th and 10th respectively, while Romain Grosjean recovered to eighth after a scary pit stop in which he almost ran over the front jack-man.
Carlos Sainz was the star Spaniard as he brought his Toro Rosso home in ninth, as home favorite Fernando Alonso was forced to retire with a brake failure – another disappointing race for McLaren despite showing signs of improvement on Friday and Saturday.
Pastor Maldonado eventually retired in the last third after driving much of the race without one of the n-fences on the rear wing, with fellow competitors Sauber and Force India failing to score points in Barcelona.
There is no doubt Nico will take a huge amount of confidence from a faultless weekend as he looks to get his championship fight back on track before heading to a circuit where he has been victorious in the last two years – Monaco.
Lewis, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from what he says has been a disappointing race; while Ferrari look to recover from an event where they ultimately seemed to fall further behind Mercedes.
Would Nico have beaten Lewis in a straight fight today?
Did Ferrari make a strategic error?
What is going so wrong at Red Bull?
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