September 21, 2014
Hamilton wins in Spain to take F1 overall lead
Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix for Mercedes to chalk up his fourth victory in a row and wrest the Formula One championship lead from 'gutted' German team mate Nico Rosberg.
In what was also the fourth successive Mercedes one-two, and fifth win in five races for the dominant constructor, Hamilton took the chequered flag a mere 0.6 of a second ahead of his rival.
In a nail-biting finish to what had been a largely uneventful race, Rosberg piled pressure on Hamilton by slashing the Briton's lead over the last six laps and looming ominously in his mirrors.
Hamilton, who now has 100 points to Rosberg's 97 after his 26th career victory and leads the standings for the first time since 2012 when he was at McLaren, sounded increasingly anxious in radio traffic but held on for his first win in Spain.
"I wasn't fast enough really today, Nico was quicker," the 2008 champion said during the podium interview. "Fortunately I was able to keep him behind."
Rosberg, who declared himself "a bit gutted" to finish second again and whose subdued body language alongside Hamilton on the podium more than backed that up, felt he would have got past with one more lap.
"Lewis did a great job the whole weekend, just that little bit ahead," added the German ruefully.
Daniel Ricciardo was third for champions Red Bull in the first podium finish of his F1 career after being stripped of his second-place for a fuel irregularity in his home season-opener in Melbourne in March.
"We did not have the pace on Mercedes... it is really nice to be on the podium and I am sure I will get to keep it this time," said the smiling Australian, who had started third.
"A lonely third was not a bad result in the end".