Formula 1’s visit to Spain delivered more of the same unrequited hopes of a Ferrari revival. Once again, rivals Mercedes-AMG scorched the field and romped to an incredible fifth consecutive 1-2 finish, with Lewis Hamilton jumping teammate Valtteri Bottas at the start to claim victory and return to the lead of the Drivers’ Championship standings.

Despite bringing a wealth of upgrades and a new engine development to Spain, Ferrari found itself seemingly further behind the Mercedes runners and worryingly falling into the clutches of Red Bull Racing. The red cars finished fourth and fifth on the road, with Mac Verstappen getting his Red Bull Honda ahead at the start to complete the podium places.

The race was won at the start by Hamilton who, despite starting on the dirtier side of the grid behind teammate and pole-sitter Bottas, got the jump on the Finn who faltered off the line with a stuttering clutch. Bottas tried to fend off Hamilton but it was all over before Turn 1 as Hamilton doggedly held the inside line to claim the lead.

2019 Spanish Grand Prix

A better gave start gave Hamilton the race lead, while the closest Vettel got to the Mercedes’ was on the run to Turn 1.

Vettel made a fast start from third place and loomed alongside Bottas’ left on the approach to Turn 1. He left his braking a little too late, locking up as he tried to make the corner and flat-spotting his left-front tyre in the process. As he rejoined the circuit he got in the way of teammate Charles Leclerc, who had to lift off to avoid hitting the sister Ferrari and in turn that allowed Verstappen to emerge from the scrum in third place.

Overtaking, let alone following another car closely, was proving almost impossible under heavy fuel. as the two Mercedes’ pulled away, it was clear that fifth-placed Leclerc was quicker than his teammate Vettel, and so the telephone call came from the Ferrari pit wall for their driver to swap places. It made no difference, and later in the race when they were on different tyre combinations, the call was made again for Vettel to get back in front of Leclerc.

What will quite possibly be the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya’s swansong Grand Prix proved to be a total fizzer. There was a little bit of excitement added with twenty laps to go when Lando Norris punted Lance Stroll into the gravel at Turn 2, triggering a full Safety Car so both drivers’ cars could be safely retrieved.

That bunched the field and gave hope of a tight battle to the finish line, but once again Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen pulled clear of each other and the rest of the field.

There was some action in the closing laps as the two Haas teammates of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen waged a fierce battle for seventh place. This was resolved in the Dane’s favour, but only after he had rubbed wheels with Grosjean and forced the him through the Turn 1 run-off. This probably caused damage to Grosjean’s car, leaving the Frenchman to unsuccessfully fend off the chasing Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat, who both managed to slip ahead into eighth and ninth place respectively.

Driver Team / Entry Laps Result Pts
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Motorsport W10 66 1:35:50.443 26
2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Motorsport W10 66 + 4.074 18
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RB15 66 + 7.679 15
4. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari SF90 66 + 9.167 12
5. Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari SF90 66 + 13.361 10
6. Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing RB15 66 + 19.576 8
7. Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team VF-19 66 + 28.159 6
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren F1 Team MCL34 66 + 32.342 4
9. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda STR14 66 + 33.056 2
10. Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team VF-19 66 + 34.641 1
11. Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda STR14 66 + 35.445
12. Daniel Ricciardo Renault F1 Team RS19 66 + 36.758
13. Nico Hülkenberg Renault F1 Team RS19 66 + 39.241
14. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing C38 66 + 41.803
15. Sergio Pérez Racing Point F1 Team RP19 66 + 46.877
16. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing C38 66 + 47.691
17. George Russell ROKiT Williams Racing FW42 65 1 lap behind
18. Robert Kubica ROKiT Williams Racing FW42 65 1 lap behind
Not Classified Team / Entry Laps Reason
DNF. Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team MCL34 44 Collision
DNF. Lance Stroll Racing Point F1 Team RP19 44 Collision

Championship Points:

  • Points are awarded to the top 10 classified finishers on a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale.
  • Lewis Hamilton is awarded an additional 1 championship point for posting the fastest lap of the race by a points’ finisher.

Post-Race Penalties:

  • None.

Images via Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.