British driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes continued his dominance of the 2014 Formula 1 season with his fourth consecutive win of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, May 11. According to Formula 1, this was the first win of the Spanish contest by the 2008 World Champion.
Not only did Hamilton achieve those two firsts -- the fourth consecutive and first Spanish GP win -- but he also now jumps ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg to take the lead in the season's driver championship points with 100 points to Rosberg's 97.
Rosberg came in second in the Spanish Grand Prix, giving Mercedes an even more solid lead in the constructors' championship run with 197 points. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull achieved his first podium spot since Australia, but unlike the penalty Red Bull sustained in that race from a fuel sensor issue that took away the Aussie's spot and points, this position sticks, keeping Red Bull in second place in the constructors' championship with 84 points.
Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull ended the Spanish Grand Prix in fourth place after a long, arduous climb toward the front from his starting grid position of 15th. Vettel now has 45 points in the championship, which is fourth place. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso sits in third place so far with 49 points, according to Formula 1.
About his win, Lewis Hamilton had this to say:
"A 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 here in Spain, it’s the best I’ve ever had, so thank you to everyone in the grandstands, it means the world to me. My first win here in Spain, it means everything to me."
His teammate, Nico Rosberg, wanted to get past him and almost did. With the dominance of Mercedes, the race for many spectators has come between the drivers of this team and then watching who will be the "best of the rest" further back in the pack.
Asked how many more laps he would have needed in Spain to get by Hamilton, Rosberg answered: "I think one more to be honest, one more I could have given it a good go. I wasn’t close enough to give it a go there but next lap I would have. But unfortunately that was it. So, a bit gutted but still, second place, still close to the championship and many more races to go anyway."
Rosberg is the 2013 winner of Monaco and seeks to win that race again in two weeks. He is getting tired of coming in second to Hamilton: "I’ll be going there to do it one better," he said, "and try to come first there and repeat the win from last year."
Third place Daniel Ricciardo was pleased with his first solid podium finish of the season: "They were a long way ahead. I think coming into the race today we knew a boring race would be a pretty good one for us. We knew we didn’t really have the pace for Mercedes. We looked like a third-place car and in the end that’s what it was, we had a pretty comfortable third- place and we just had to focus on getting the tires to last two stops and that was it. Really nice to be on the podium and I’m sure I’ll be able to keep it this time."
The next stop of the Formula 1 train will be Monaco on May 25th. The race is notoriously difficult on the narrow and winding street circuit. It is arguably the one win that any Formula 1 driver would like to notch in his belt, but there is only one winner, of course, per season.