Team by team analysis of Spanish Grand Prix

Updated mirrors for Vettel’s Ferrari SF71H at Spanish GP

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was soon past the second Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari, just about held of both Red Bulls. Things didn't go almost as well for many other top drivers, though, as Valtteri Botas blew a tyre in the final stages, while Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen each failed to finish the race for the second time this season.

Vettel claimed after the race that there was no choice but to pit for a second time, although that didn't stop fans believing it was very poor strategy.

Vettel got up to second place at the start of the race but lost two positions when he made a second stop under a Virtual Safety Car period with 25 laps remaining.

While Hamilton reported drizzle on his visor on lap 21, Bottas' pace surged, over 1.2 seconds faster than Vettel.

Grosjean inexplicably kept his foot on the accelerator, throwing him back into the path of the oncoming fieldDid Ferrari throw away second? It capped off a disappointing afternoon for Ferrari, who saw Kimi Raikkonen retire after suffering a loss of power with a brand new engine which had been fitted to his auto on Saturday morning. The safety yielded control of the race to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the end of lap six, but pursuing Vettel stumbled, losing a chance to attack Hamilton on the pit straight. "I looked at the tower and I saw my name didn't go up, but we expected Mercedes to be strong so we will see what happens tomorrow", Vettel said.

"Our tires didn't last as long as for the others, so we couldn't follow the same strategy", Vettel said. After five races, we have a much better understanding of the vehicle, of what we need to do to get the auto working. It's early to say but I hope it can be part of a turning point. "I was pulling away nearly a second a lap and I was thinking "Yes, let's keep this up!" - and it stayed that way for the rest of the race." .

"It took everything to get this result".

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Ricciardo was fifth in Barcelona, ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas and the Spanish duo of Carlos Sainz of Renault and Fernando Alonso of McLaren.

Charles Leclerc of Sauber and Sergio Perez of Force India closed out the top 10. Hulkenberg retired for the second successive race, taken out by Grosjean at the start. "But anyway, I'll take the middle one!"

The race leader had to navigate multiple virtual safety vehicle periods during the race, as well as a full safety auto deployed for an opening lap crash caused by Romain Grosjean who had spun in Turn 3.

All were unhurt, although Grosjean had to go to the medical centre for a precautionary check because the incident triggered the high impact alert in the auto. The lap was good. "He has to look at it and do some work on himself".

"The top guys are still too high up so we need to close that gap, but I'm pleased that all the updates we brought here seem to be delivering as we expected", Alonso said.

Monaco in two weeks' time. "Today I felt a synergy with the auto that I hadn't been feeling all year", he said.

"This is when we're going to start to continue to apply the pressure". It's fantastic for the team to get the front row.

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