Sebastian Vettel defends Ferrari's two pitstop strategy in Spanish Grand Prix

Sirotkin speaks to Sky Sports

The Mercedes driver dominated proceedings at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, finishing over 20 seconds ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who took second.

But Ferrari's misjudgement saw Max Verstappen take advantage - despite an earlier coming together with Lance Stroll (him again) resulting in a virtual safety auto - to take his first podium of 2018 for Red Bull. Hamilton is always a top contender to win and I would expect him to be the man to beat again on Sunday morning.

The defending world champion had to wait until the fourth round in Azerbaijan to pick up his first win of the campaign, but an imperious drive in Barcelona made it back-to-back victories for the Briton. "Let's keep it up".

The victory will be hugely pleasing and of some relief to the British driver and his team.

Ferrari have had the best vehicle so far this year, but Spain marked a turning point with Mercedes dominating throughout the weekend.

It was the first one-two of the season for Mercedes, which had been slower than Ferrari in the past few races.

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"We don't have a say in it, it's very hard to say what would happen if we had the normal tyre". Despite winning in Spain after one victory in the opening four grands prix past year, it did not turn out to be the race that kick-started his season.

Hamilton, who also holds the record of 74 pole positions, had started from the top slot for only the second time this year.

The race started with a bang when Romain Grosjean managed to clean up Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly on the first lap.

All three drivers were unhurt but it was an exceptionally risky incident and why Grosjean kept his foot on the gas as he span, causing smoke that unsighted the following drivers, seems inexplicable. This opposed to Hamilton and Bottas running on the Super Soft tyre.

It was a fairly straightforward win for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. During the pitstop phase, Bottas was able to leapfrog Vettel and secure a 1-2 for Mercedes. We got the qualifying right yesterday, but the temperatures were going up and down today, clouds were coming over and we didn't know if it was going to rain or not.

In recording a strong finish for Red Bull, Verstappen rounded off a good weekend.

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Vettel defended the decision to pit for a second time behind a virtual safety vehicle, insisting staying out "was not an option".

Hamilton's nearest title challenger, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, completed a disappointing fourth, handicapped by a sluggish second pit cease which in the end value him invaluable factors.

Hamilton himself pitted after lap 25, for medium tires.

"It could be quite a defining moment for the season", Verstappen said.

But Red Bull can ill afford a repeat between the highly competitive pair, having insisted they apologise to the entire team after their Baku collision cost them valuable points. Mercedes didn't pit either Hamilton or the now second-placed Bottas and both cruised to the flag on their one-stop strategy.

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