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Hamilton gets best of Bottas in Spain 1-2

The Associated Press

Spanish Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton, left, gets into a champagne fight with third-place finisher Max Verstappen on the award podium after Sunday’s race in Montmelo, Spain.

The Associated Press MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton wasn’t going to be kind to his teammate this time.

Hamilton blasted past pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Spanish Grand Prix, kept his nerve when things got tight at the first corner, and then raced away to reclaim the overall Formula One lead on Sunday.

Two weeks ago, five-time and defending champion Hamilton said he was maybe “too friendly” when Bottas stayed in front after a similar grid start for the Mercedes drivers in Azerbaijan.

Hamilton hinted that he wouldn’t make that mistake again in Spain, and he got some help from a poor getaway by Bottas to overtake him in the opening meters en route to winning the race at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit for a third consecutive year.

The Mercedes pair strengthened their grip on F1 with their record-extending fifth one-two finish in as many races in 2019.

“This is history in the making to have five one-twos,” Hamilton said after his 76th career win, second only to Michael Schumacher’s 91.

“It is incredible what we are achieving together ... And I plan on working with this team to help it become the most successful team of all time. That is my sole goal and my sole purpose.”

Hamilton added a bonus point for the fastest lap to take a seven-point advantage over Bottas.

Max Verstappen was third in his Red Bull, in front of Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

Hamilton got the jump on Bottas off the line when Vettel surged forward and made it three abreast going through the first corner. Vettel locked up on the turn, and Bottas, sandwiched in the middle, had to blink to avoid a possible collision as Hamilton sped clear.

Verstappen, who took advantage of the jousting to slip by Vettel, is 46 points adrift of Hamilton in the standings. Vettel fell to fourth, 48 points back.

Bottas had shown more speed in practice and in qualifying than Hamilton, when Bottas set a scorching track record that was 0.6 seconds faster than Hamilton’s best effort.

But Bottas’ chances for victory were sunk by his poor start, when his wheels appeared to spin while Hamilton immediately made up the difference.Speech

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