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Race highlights - Spain 2014 // A bitter battle at Mercedes sees a tense finish to the Grand Prix

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A smoky start to the Grand Prix at turn one
Credit: Thompson/Getty

The Mercedes pace stepped up another notch in Barcelona, with both drivers finishing over 40 seconds ahead of the next contender. The domination covers what was a fascinating race, though, with a chaotic start leading to a very anxious finish. Some great overtaking moves throughout the field, a recovery drive here and there, and a constant pressure between several of the teammates.

If you missed any of the action, do relive the Spanish Grand Prix with the Factbyte Factbox replay below. Lap by lap commentary guides you through each stage of the race, towards the fantastic finish and the post-race activities.

As it happened: Spain 2014 - The race

Event Highlights

  • Lewis Hamilton wins an epic battle to the finish line, defending from Nico Rosberg.
  • Daniel Ricciardo takes third, his first official podium of the season.
  • Sebastian Vettel improves from 15th on the grid to finish 4th.
  • Pastor Maldonado clips a Caterham and gets a 5 second stop/go penalty.
  • Jean-Éric Vergne (exhaust) and Kamui Kobayashi (brakes) both retire.
  • 11:53

    Welcome! It's race day, and I'm anticipating the race so much that I've opened the FBFB early. Let the build up begin!

  • 11:54

    The driver's parade has been underway for a while, each driver in a separate car which is the better way of doing it, I think.

  • 11:55

    QuoteFernando Alonso jumped out of his car to run towards the crowd, even pushing his baseball cap under the fence for a young fan. He described the crowd's enthusiasm: "I think it’s a kind of a football atmosphere, with the people screaming and the people jumping every lap we pass here. That’s different, at other circuits they just sit, they enjoy the cars. Here it’s pure passion so that’s nice."

  • 11:56
    Circuit Data
    Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
    Local timezone+02:00 GMT
    First race1991
    Number of laps66
    Circuit length4.655km
    Race distance307.104km
    Start offset0.126km
  • 11:59

    In pre-race interviews, Daniel Ricciardo lets slip that he's aiming for a two-stop strategy. He tries to cover it by suggesting he may be leading the competition astray, but the uncomfortable laugh shows he definitely wasn't meant to say that.

  • 12:03
    Prepping tyres in Spain
    Credit: Marussia_F1Team

    Marussia get their tyres in order.

  • 12:05

    Talking of tyres, Pirelli have brought the two hardest compounds to Spain, with the hard tyre (orange sidewalls) and the medium (white sidewalls). So far, there have been complaints from drivers that they might be too durable, but we will soon see!

  • 12:09

    Nico Rosberg has said that discussions have taken place with race director Charlie Whiting regarding the formation lap. Drivers have been concerned about the length of time they're waiting at the front of the field, as well as how slow the lap has been on other occasions. "Charlie clarified it for both sides, so the people further back are not allowed to leave the big gaps and we at the front need to keep up the pace."

  • 12:12

    QuoteRomain Grosjean: "I think it’s good for all of us, we had a difficult start to the season but I’ve believed in the team and everyone’s stayed united and worked hard. We had a few ideas when we come here to try on the car… P5 on the grid is good, it feels nice to get back to where we are normally, more used to it. Hopefully the race will be as good as quali."

  • 12:12

    The first corner at the end of the main straight, the biggest braking zone of the lap.

    Braking Analysis
    Turn 1
    (forecast data from Brembo)
    Initial speed321km/h
    Final speed136km/h
    Stopping distance78m
    Braking time1.17s
    Maximum deceleration5.36g
    Maximum pedal load129kg
    Braking power2107kw
  • 12:13

    TweetTweet from @CaterhamF1: Radio checks ring out around the factory and there's lots of calls of "loud and clear", so all good

  • 12:15

    Ant fact: From a standing start down to turn one, Barcelona has the longest run to the first corner on the calendar.

  • 12:17

    Defending champion Sebastian Vettel is having a dire weekend so far. He managed just four laps on Friday, after the car developed a problem that required extensive repairs. In FP3, he completed 20 laps and caught up a little, allowing him to make it through to Q3 in qualifying. Once there, however, he failed to set a lap time after the gearbox on the RB10 gave up beneath him. A change of gearbox means a five place grid penalty, resulting in 15th on the grid for the German.

  • 12:18
    Grid Position
    1L HamiltonMercedes
    2N RosbergMercedes
    3D RicciardoRed Bull
    4V BottasWilliams
    5R GrosjeanLotus
    6K RäikkönenFerrari
    7F AlonsoFerrari
    8J ButtonMcLaren
    9F MassaWilliams
    10N HülkenbergForce India
  • 12:19

    Pastor Maldonado crashed in the first session of qualifying, which means that for the second race weekend in a row, he had to be given special permission by the stewards to be allowed to race.

  • 12:21

    Jean-Éric Vergne is the only other driver with a penalty for the grid today. During practice on Friday, one of the wheels came off his wagon, and the team got a hefty fine for the unsafe release, with the driver dropped back ten places.

  • 12:29

    QuoteClaire Williams is feeling superbly optimistic ahead of the race today: "We’ve won here about six times in the past. We won here in 2012 but that feels like a long time ago now. The guys have done a very good job in qualifying so I’m hoping they can get a good start and get some points.

    "Here we bought some significant upgrades, those seem to have done the job. Both drivers are running them on their cars today, I’m hoping that’s the true pace of the car. I think we’ve missed one or two opportunities in the last four races, so if one or both of them could get on the podium that could be fantastic."

  • 12:30

    At the back of the grid, Max Chilton was the best of the backmarkers, putting in a good final lap to pull ahead of the others. Both Marussia drivers were ahead of the Caterham duo, with Kamui Kobayashi bringing up the rear.

  • 12:32

    TweetTweet from @f1elvis: Slightly amusing scenes on the grid now as there seems to be total confusion as to who has which grid slots. It's musical grid trolleys. McL, RBR, STR & SFI all having to repack their kit, move & re set up in correct places. Even the grid girls seemed to be in the wrong slots.

  • 12:39
    Hülkenberg ready to race
    Credit: clubforce/Twitter

    Nico Hülkenberg ready to climb in and make his way to his tenth place spot. The grid is packed with people making their final preparations.

  • 12:41

    QuoteKevin Magnussen: "I think we’ve got the tyres that we didn’t use yesterday so that’s positive. Making the best of that, getting a good first lap is important here. There’s always good opportunities in the first corner. You need to be very careful with the tyres, this year is my first year, but this year there’s less downforce and a lot of power. It’s the same for everyone."

  • 12:44

    QuoteJenson Button making his way off the grid for a brief break before the race: "It’s quite different today in terms of the weather. It’s quite overcast, a bit cooler. Hopefully we’re in our very narrow working range. I don’t think we’ll get a big smile behind the visor this afternoon, we’ll see what we get. Hopefully it’ll be better than what we’ve experienced so far this weekend. We didn’t expect to be this close to the Ferrari, just a few tenths off in qualifying."

  • 12:47

    Valtteri Bottas is pointing out that he'll sacrifice position in turn one in order to be in the best possible position for turn three. Thinking ahead, that guy.

  • 12:49

    Romain Grosjean thinks tyre strategy will very much depend on the rate of wear, particularly as it rained last night. Cooler temperatures, a greener track, it could be a challenge today.

  • 12:49
    Panorama circuit view
    Credit: MattJones91/Twitter
  • 12:54

    TweetTweet from @OfficialSF1Team: In the starting grid #Guti and #SuperSutil moving up one position because of a penality of another driver, P13 and P16

  • 12:54
    2014 Race Wins
    PosDriverTotal
    1L Hamilton3
    2N Rosberg1
  • 12:54

    Weather icon

    24°C
    Track37°C
    Humidity46%
    Wind speed3.6mps
  • 12:59

    Team radioTeam radio from Lewis Hamilton: "The seat's on fire, it's so warm."

  • 12:59

    The grid clears of non-essential personnel.

  • 13:00

    Everybody except for Jean-Éric Vergne, down in 21st, are starting on the medium compound - the softer of the two. Vergne is opting for the hard orange sidewalls.

  • 13:00

    The formation lap begins with Lewis Hamilton leading the pack away for their pre-race tour of the circuit.

  • 13:01

    Thermal imagery on Kimi Räikkönen's car shows the weaving warmth going into the tyres, and just how quickly the heat is lost as the Ferrari straightens up.

  • 13:02

    Hamilton weaves his way round the final corner and slows up to pull into his front row grid slot.

  • 13:03

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Hamilton gets a great start off the line. Big plumes of dust at the back, but a clear run into the first corner.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Bottas moved ahead of Ricciardo to take third place.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    It looks like one of the McLarens was pushed wide, hence the dust flying off the line.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Vettel goes wheel to wheel with a Sauber, it may be a long time since he's done that!

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Kimi Räikkönen locks up as he catches the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Fernando Alonso tucked up behind his teammate, looking feisty.

  • 13:05 Lap 2

    Magnussen ran wide off track there, rejoined the track and then narrowly avoided contact with passing traffic.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Team radioTeam radio from Kevin Magnussen: "How is my front wing?"

    "Looks okay, we'll keep checking."

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    The two Mercedes drivers at the front are pulling out a gap from Bottas now, which isn't surprising. The Williams isn't holding up those behind him, it's just that the top two are so fast.

  • 13:07 Lap 3

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 13:08 Lap 4
    Driver Positions
    PosDriver
    10L Hamilton
    20N Rosberg
    31V Bottas
    4-1D Ricciardo
    50R Grosjean
    60K Räikkönen
    70F Alonso
    81F Massa
    91N Hülkenberg
    101S Pérez
  • 13:09 Lap 4

    TweetTweet from @MercedesAMGF1: Fastest in all sectors for @LewisHamilton: he's flying out there! @nico_rosberg is hot on his heels. Bring it on!

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    Replays show Maldonado came up behind Ericsson, tried to go on the inside, hit the kerb, bounced off the kerb and smacked into the Caterham's front left. Both went off the track and into the gravel, but both continue... for now!

  • 13:10 Lap 5
    One to Watch
    V Bottasvs.D Ricciardo
    3rd+0.487s4th
  • 13:11 Lap 6

    Race controlIncident involving Pastor Maldonado and Marcus Ericsson under investigation - causing a collision.

  • 13:12 Lap 6
    Pastor vs Ericsson

    Low flying Lotus.

  • 13:12 Lap 7

    Daniel Ricciardo is instructed that if he can't overtake, he should drop back and maintain the gap to look after the tyres. Ricciardo continues to close up, he doesn't want to wait around behind the Williams.

  • 13:13 Lap 7

    Ricciardo dives down the inside of the Williams, but doesn't have the pace or the track advantage through the next corner to make the move stick.

  • 13:15 Lap 8

    Another lap and Ricciardo has dropped back from the car in front by a few tenths.

  • 13:16 Lap 9

    Hamilton and Rosberg set identical sector two times on that last lap. The two are untouchable out in front, and totally matched on pace!

  • 13:17 Lap 10

    Race control5 second stop/go penalty for Pastor Maldonado - causing a collision.

  • 13:18 Lap 10

    Replays show Daniil Kvyat getting ahead of Esteban Gutiérrez, and Jenson Button passing the Sauber just a lap or two later.

  • 13:19 Lap 11

    Sebastian Vettel is the third car to get past Gutiérrez, with the Sauber finding no pace to defend itself.

  • 13:20 Lap 11

    Vergne and Maldonado are making their way forwards, with all four backmarkers behind them now. Chilton has dropped back to third of the four now as well.

  • 13:22 Lap 13

    Vettel pulls out wide to take a look at Jenson Button for 12th place. He's just four tenths behind so will have the benefit of DRS.

  • 13:22 Lap 13

    Vettel gives up on the overtake and dives into the pit lane. The first scheduled stop of the day and it's the hard tyre going on the Red Bull.

  • 13:23 Lap 14

    It was a late call for Vettel, the mechanics just getting in position as the car arrived. They're so slick, it was a super quick stop as normal. He rejoined in 21st position.

  • 13:24 Lap 14

    Ricciardo is on Bottas' case again, half a second between the two.

  • 13:24 Lap 14

    Team radioTeam radio from Nico Rosberg: "There's no graining, the option seems fine."

  • 13:25 Lap 15

    Gutiérrez is passed by Kevin Magnussen. Is anyone out there not passing Esteban today?

  • 13:25 Lap 15

    Daniel Ricciardo pits from fourth place, relieving the pressure on Valtteri Bottas for now. The Australian remains on the medium compound, so Red Bull have split their strategy.

  • 13:26 Lap 16

    Replays show Vettel desperately trying to get past Kamui Kobayashi, the Caterham putting up an excellent fight but the superior pace of the Red Bull wins out eventually.

  • 13:27 Lap 16

    Räikkönen keeps on locking up at turn ten, that's not going to be helping his tyres.

  • 13:27 Lap 16

    Romain Grosjean pits for his first stop of the day and rejoins in 14th place. Massa also comes in, and Maldonado's first stop includes his five second stop/go.

  • 13:28 Lap 17

    Replays show Ricciardo passing Button and then closing up to Kvyat. These are drivers that haven't pitted yet, of course.

  • 13:29 Lap 17

    Fernando Alonso pits from 7th place, and rejoins in 14th.

  • 13:30 Lap 18

    Ferrari bring in Kimi Räikkönen, the Finn pitting from fifth place. Hülkenberg and Button both pit as well.

  • 13:31 Lap 19

    Räikkönen emerged just ahead of Alonso, the Spaniard stuck behind traffic when he was hoping to make the difference on his teammate.

  • 13:31 Lap 19

    Lewis Hamilton pits, putting Nico Rosberg in the lead. It was a clean stop, if not super quick.

  • 13:32 Lap 19
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverHamilton
    TeamMercedes
    Pit lane22.951s
    Stopped3.8s
  • 13:32 Lap 19

    Hamilton has rejoined in second place, behind his teammate, but it won't be long before Rosberg comes in for his own stop.

  • 13:33 Lap 20

    StopwatchRosberg makes the most of his opportunity out front, setting the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:31.167.

  • 13:34 Lap 20
    Button makes a pitstop
    Credit: McLarenF1/Twitter

    @McLarenF1 Rapid change for @JensonButton - second set of Options

  • 13:34 Lap 21

    Chilton and Ericsson have dropped a lap down already.

  • 13:34 Lap 21

    Rosberg, Bianchi and Kobayashi are the only drivers not to have stopped yet.

  • 13:35 Lap 21

    Bottas pits and rejoins behind Daniel Ricciardo, so he's lost that place in this first stint.

  • 13:36 Lap 22

    Nico Rosberg pits from the lead, a slick stop from the Mercedes mechanics, and the German rejoins behind his teammate. Hamilton is busy lapping a Caterham.

  • 13:37 Lap 22

    After the first round of pit stops, the top seven are all back in the order they qualified in, which is slightly disappointing.

  • 13:37 Lap 23

    Sebastian Vettel has moved up to ninth, currently the biggest climber of the afternoon, along with Vergne down in 15th.

  • 13:38 Lap 23

    Bianchi has taken his stop, leaving Kobayashi as the only driver not to have stopped yet. 23 laps in, that's a long first stint for the Caterham.

  • 13:39 Lap 24

    Replays show Rosberg locking up creating a big flat spot on his front left tyre.

  • 13:40 Lap 24

    Kimi Räikkönen hunts down Romain Grosjean, hoping to make a pass for fifth place. He closes up down the home straight and takes the outside line into the first corner, but Kimi has to brake hard to control the car and Grosjean regains his fifth position.

  • 13:41 Lap 25

    Team radioTeam radio to Jean-Éric Vergne: "JEV, we've got an exhaust problem. Box, garage, now."

  • 13:41 Lap 25

    Räikkönen sweeps round the outside of Grosjean, this time making it stick and taking the position.

  • 13:42 Lap 26

    Vergne does make his way to the pit lane, the car is pulled into the garage, and it looks like race over for the Frenchman.

  • 13:42 Lap 26

    Alonso is the next Ferrari in line to try and overtake Grosjean. Just as his teammate before him, Fernando attempts a move and can't quite make it stick. He'll try again though.

  • 13:43 Lap 26

    Alonso does just as Räikkönen did and drive straight past Grosjean with superior pace. It's like the Lotus is standing still, as Alonso secures sixth place.

  • 13:44 Lap 27
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stHAM1:31.786
    2ndROS+2.935
    3rdRIC+23.937
    4thBOT+35.693
  • 13:45 Lap 27

    Grosjean is causing a bit of a train now, with Massa and Vettel behind him. The Red Bull in turn is looking to pass the Williams in front.

  • 13:47 Lap 29

    Just three drivers are on the hard compounds at the moment, Rosberg in 2nd, Vettel in 9th and Pérez in 11th.

  • 13:47 Lap 29

    Team radioTeam radio from Lewis Hamilton: "My rear end is everywhere."

  • 13:47 Lap 29

    I missed Kobayashi's eventual pit stop. All cars have been into the pits at least once now. Kobayashi rejoined in 20th place, ahead of only his teammate.

  • 13:48 Lap 29

    Massa comes into the pit lane for his second stop of the day, this could be a three stopper for the Williams driver.

  • 13:50 Lap 31

    Coulthard in the commentary box wonders aloud if Hamilton's radio messages are simply mind games to destabilise Rosberg. Despite complaints, the Brit is still pulling away.

  • 13:51 Lap 32

    Pérez was reportedly asked which tyre he was more comfortable on, and replied he didn't know, so the pit wall said they'd decide. A little help here, Sergio!

  • 13:52 Lap 32

    TweetTweet from @bbcf1: Did you know Ferrari have scored points in 71 consecutive Grand Prix races, since the British GP in 2010 - an all-time F1 record?

  • 13:53 Lap 32

    Ricciardo's having a pretty quiet afternoon. He's more than 20 seconds down on the Mercedes front-runners, but equally has about 10 seconds up on Bottas.

  • 13:54 Lap 34

    Kvyat sits in a McLaren sandwich at the moment. Button ahead with five seconds on the Toro Rosso. Magnussen behind is two tenths faster than Kvyat, looking to get past and catch up to his own teammate.

  • 13:55 Lap 34

    Team radioTeam radio from Daniel Ricciardo: "Fronts are still pretty good. Just left rear's the one I've got to watch out for."

  • 13:56 Lap 35

    Vettel pits for his second stop of the day.

  • 13:57 Lap 35

    Grosjean's in now, the pit window for these second stops is well and truly open.

  • 13:58 Lap 36

    Replays show Kobayashi running massively wide at turn one, saying he lost brakes. He managed to avoid contact with the wall, but a scary moment for the Caterham driver!

  • 13:58 Lap 36

    Kobayashi comes into the pit lane, is he done for the day?

  • 13:59 Lap 36

    Alonso exits his second stop just behind Kobayashi, but he carries on out of the pit lane, while Kamui remains inside.

  • 14:00 Lap 37

    Mechanics have removed the front wheels from Kobayashi's car and are examining the brakes as if there's a blockage rather than full on failure. The driver remains in the car for now.

  • 14:00 Lap 38

    Alonso overtakes Magnussen, moving up to 7th place as he recovers from his second stop. Hülkenberg and Button have both taken their second stops.

  • 14:01 Lap 38

    Kobayashi has officially exited the car and is heading out the back of the garage. Race over for the Caterham driver.

  • 14:02 Lap 38

    Replays show Vettel passing Felipe Massa, and also gets ahead of Magnussen. Vettel now up to 7th behind Alonso.

  • 14:02 Lap 39

    Race controlIncident involving Marcus Ericsson and Kimi Räikkönen under investigation - ignoring blue flags.

  • 14:02 Lap 39

    Hülkenberg complains to his pit wall that he came in too early, but was told they were trying to cover Button.

  • 14:04 Lap 40

    Hard tyres are the compound of choice for most on their second stops. Sergio Pérez switches from hards to mediums on his stop. Vettel also back with the white sidewalls.

  • 14:05 Lap 40

    Massa closes up to Kevin Magnussen down the home straight and dives to the inside into the first corner. He takes the position, dropping Magnussen down to ninth.

  • 14:07 Lap 42

    Hamilton has been navigating traffic, keen to be updated on the gap to Rosberg. The following Mercedes is keeping up, just about a constant four seconds between them.

  • 14:07 Lap 42

    Team radioTeam radio from Hamilton: "I need my updates every lap."

  • 14:08 Lap 43

    Race controlIncident involving Marcus Ericsson and Kimi Räikkönen - no further action.

  • 14:09 Lap 43

    The Mercedes mechanics were hustling into the pit lane, and Hamilton got the call to come in. But he didn't pull into the pit lane, instead continued across the line to start another lap.

  • 14:10 Lap 44

    Hamilton comes into the pit lane this lap, it's really not a quick pit stop, but it's steady at 4.3 seconds.

  • 14:11 Lap 44

    Kimi Räikkönen pits for his second stop of the afternoon. Now we have just Rosberg, Ricciardo and Bottas with only one stop each.

  • 14:12 Lap 45

    In the second round of pit stops, Kimi Räikkönen has lost out to his teammate, coming out behind Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. 7th place for Kimi now.

  • 14:13 Lap 46

    Hamilton is giving his race engineer, poor Bono, an absolute earful. He wants constant updates, he disagrees with the amount of front wing in his pit stop, and he's not even sure why he was brought in when his tyres were fine!

  • 14:14 Lap 46

    Rosberg, Ricciardo and Bottas all come into the pit lane. It's not been a good stint for Rosberg, who remains behind Hamilton as he rejoins the action.

  • 14:17 Lap 48

    Hamilton's paranoia ratchets up another notch, and Bono tries to soothe his nerves. The gap to Rosberg is still just under four seconds, with Nico on the medium compound and Lewis on the harder tyre.

  • 14:18 Lap 49

    Vettel's rise through the order has been subtle but effective, he's now in fifth, tucked up two seconds behind Fernando Alonso.

  • 14:21 Lap 49

    Rosberg sets the fastest lap of the race so far, the gap to his teammate has dropped to three seconds now.

  • 14:21 Lap 51

    Behind them, Ricciardo continues to race his own race, potentially on for a legitimate podium finish this afternoon.

  • 14:22 Lap 52

    Kevin Magnussen sweeps round Daniil Kvyat to move into 12th place. Neither McLaren driver is in the points though, with Jenson Button in 11th.

  • 14:23 Lap 52

    Replays show Sergio Pérez finally getting past Nico Hülkenberg, having followed him for the last few laps. It was a clean move between the two as well.

  • 14:25 Lap 54

    Sebastian Vettel comes into the pit lane for his third stop - super quick turnaround by the mechanics, 2.5 seconds, and the German rejoins in front of Grosjean, 7th place.

  • 14:26 Lap 54

    Fernando Alonso also comes in for some fresh rubber, dropping him back down behind his teammate and Sebastian Vettel again.

  • 14:28 Lap 55

    Vettel passes the backmarker of Jules Bianchi, hoping for a clear run to move ahead of Alonso, and to close up to Räikkönen. He increases the gap over Alonso to two seconds.

  • 14:30 Lap 57

    Vettel's got the gap to Kimi down to under a second. It shouldn't be long before he gets ahead of the Ferrari.

  • 14:30 Lap 57

    A brave dive down the inside from Vettel, and thankfully Kimi left him room. The Red Bull gets ahead, for fifth place.

  • 14:32 Lap 58

    Replays show Esteban Gutiérrez had some wobbling carbon fibre on the front wing. Towards the end of the home straight, it popped right off and flew across track, landing safely out of the way.

  • 14:33 Lap 59

    Team radioTeam radio to Nico Rosberg: "Eight laps remaining, just think about your overtaking strategy."

  • 14:34 Lap 60

    Hamilton laps Grosjean (8th), with Rosberg now just a second behind. He gets past the Lotus and looks ahead to his teammate.

  • 14:35 Lap 61
    One to Watch
    K Räikkönenvs.F Alonso
    6th+0.414s7th
  • 14:37 Lap 62

    From the helicopter view, watching Alonso follow his teammate round the final corner and down the home straight. The fans cheer, but Fernando opts not to go for it into turn one.

  • 14:37 Lap 62
    Recent Lap Times
    N Rosberg
    Lap 561:29.378
    Lap 571:29.607
    Lap 581:29.469
    Lap 591:30.075
    Lap 601:30.030
    Lap 611:29.646
  • 14:37 Lap 62

    TweetTweet from @MercedesAMGF1: Lapped traffic despatched: it's a straight fight to the flag! 5 laps to go, even times last lap, who will it be?!

  • 14:38 Lap 62

    There's also a great fight for fourth, with Vettel closing in to within four tenths of Bottas.

  • 14:40 Lap 64

    It's tense, as Vettel puts the pressure on Bottas but can't make the move down the home straight. Three incredible battles going on here.

  • 14:40 Lap 64

    Rosberg is within the one second DRS zone now.

  • 14:40 Lap 64

    Alonso finally makes the move on Kimi Räikkönen, getting sixth place from his Ferrari teammate.

  • 14:41 Lap 65

    Vettel does make a dive to get ahead of Bottas, putting the German in fourth place.

  • 14:43 Lap 66

    Final lap, and the two Mercedes lap Kimi Räikkönen to begin their last tour of the circuit.

  • 14:43 Lap 66

    Only six drivers remain on the lead lap.

  • 14:44 Lap 66

    Rosberg locks up, there's no time left for him now. He's going to have to settle for second.

  • 14:44

    Chequered flagLewis Hamilton wins the Spanish Grand Prix!

  • 14:46

    Ricciardo is a full 48 seconds down the road, but he crosses the line for the final podium position. Vettel is further back in fourth place, a great drive to claw that back from 15th on the grid. He also sets the fastest lap of the race.

  • 14:46
    Race Winner
    DriverL Hamilton
    TeamMercedes
    Race time1:41:05.155
    Race distance307.104km
    Average speed182.282km/h
  • 14:49

    The boys are out of the car, big hugs for Hamilton with the mechanics. A fair handshake between the two Mercedes boys in the green room. Rosberg has a wry smile, but he'll be gutted to lose his championship lead.

  • 14:51
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1L Hamilton100
    2N Rosberg97
    3F Alonso49
    4S Vettel45
    5D Ricciardo39
  • 14:51
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1Mercedes197
    2Red Bull84
    3Ferrari66
    4Force India57
    5Williams46
  • 14:52

    Up onto their respective podium steps, and the national anthems play out.

  • 14:53

    The two Mercedes pair look thoughtful, whereas you can see the smile on Daniel Ricciardo from miles away.

  • 14:55

    The champaaaaagne sprays out.

  • 14:56

    It's pointless marking the incredible Mercedes lead, so here's a gap analysis from 3rd down to 6th - the only other drivers on the lead lap.

    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    3rdRIC1:31.792
    4thVET+27.7
    5thBOT+30.2
    6thALO+38.7
  • 14:56
    Hamilton and Rosberg on the podium
  • 15:00

    QuotePodium quotes - Lewis Hamilton: "Big thank you to my team, they’ve just done an incredible job this year. I’m really happy with the support I’ve had this year, it’s the best I’ve ever had. Thanks to the fans in the grandstands. My first win in Spain, it means everything to me.

    "I wasn’t fast enough really today, Nico was quicker. I struggled a lot with the balance and really had to rely on my engineers a lot more to give me the gaps and find where I could find time. Nico was just generally quicker this weekend, but fortunately I could just keep him behind."

  • 15:00

    QuotePodium quotes - Nico Rosberg: "I think one more lap, I could have given it a good go. Unfortunately that was it, a bit gutted but still, second place. It’s still close in the championship, many more races to go anyways. I’ll be going to Monaco to do it one better, try and come first there and repeat the win from last year. That’s the aim."

  • 15:01

    QuotePodium quotes - Daniel Ricciardo: "They were a long way ahead, so I think coming into the race today we knew a boring race would have been a pretty good one for us. We knew we didn’t have the pace of Mercedes, we looked like a third place car. In the end that’s what it was. We had a pretty comfortable third place, and we just had to focus on getting the tyres to last two stops. Really nice to be on the podium and I’m sure I’ll get to keep it this time."

  • 15:03
    2014 Race Wins
    PosDriverTotal
    1L Hamilton4
    2N Rosberg1
  • 15:04

    TweetTweet from @WilliamsRacing: Great drive from both drivers. Pushed hard and 10 more points for the team.

  • 15:09

    In all the excitement, I forgot to do the final top ten.

    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    10L Hamilton2
    20N Rosberg2
    30D Ricciardo2
    411S Vettel3
    5-1V Bottas2
    61F Alonso3
    7-1K Räikkönen2
    8-3R Grosjean2
    92S Pérez2
    100N Hülkenberg2
  • 15:09

    QuoteSebastian Vettel: "I think we did what we could, obviously a difficult weekend all in all. I didn’t get a lot of practice. Was quite happy with the car in the race, in the beginning had to be patient, very tricky when you’re stuck in a train… you lose grip on the tyres. Once the traffic cleared for us, we were able to use the pace. I think it was important to maintain the same pace as the guys on options. I think we had a good strategy… "

  • 15:13

    The race was split into three, then. The first half saw plenty of movement through the field, there was a lull in the middle, and then the end was as tense as racing can be.

  • 15:13

    It was nice to see the Ferrari pair allowed to race, and as always the Mercedes duo were also allowed to battle it to the very line. Rosberg ended up just 0.6s behind his teammate.

  • 15:15

    Strategy calls were key to getting a good result here, and both Kimi Räikkönen and Nico Hülkenberg aired grievances over the radio towards the end of the race.

  • 15:15

    A great result for the Red Bull guys, with Valtteri Bottas disappointed to lose out on fourth but matching his best result so far this year and picking up another good points haul for Williams.

  • 15:15

    Two weeks now until the next race in Monaco. Rosberg goes in to the weekend as favourite, in the best car, a home race, and winner last year, but no matter what he does at the moment, Hamilton seems to get the better of him.

  • 15:16

    It should be a good race, so I hope you'll be back to join me. Until then, stay tuned to Sidepodcast for all the news and views as we unpick the best bits from the weekend in Spain.

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