Hamilton unsure if his cordial relationship with title rival Vettel will last

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, leads Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain through a corner during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, Ma.

When Ferrari beat Mercedes to the first pit stop, preventing Hamilton stealing a march by stopping earlier and benefiting from fresh tyres, the race appeared to be Vettel's to lose.

But, on the faster soft tyres, Hamilton made no mistake six laps later as he swept past the medium-shod Ferrari in the race's decisive move.

Daniel Ricciardo picked up his first podium of the season as he took third for Red Bull, ahead of the two Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

Lewis Hamilton says his battle with Sebastian Vettel at the Spanish GP was the "rawest he can remember" after overtaking the German with 22 laps remaining to claim victory.

"I was trying to get the most out of it, but seeing the lap times they were doing at the end, we have still got a bit to go".

Despite Bottas experiencing his first retirement as a Silver Arrows driver with a mechanical failure on lap 39, Mercedes lead the Constructors' Championship by eight points from Ferrari.

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The Finn, who claimed victory in Russian Federation, said he had no inkling of the power unit problem despite knowing that it was an old engine that had been re-fitted to his auto on Saturday. "I just really have to congratulate and thank my team".

"I thought it would be more hard for him the longer he tried but then I had no tow [from backmarkers] and he sailed past", said Vettel.

"On track I didn't want him to win today, I wanted to win. If Valtteri had not touched Kimi, we all would have had enough room to get through that corner". You're just using everything you've got so for sure, in that first stint, for instance.

"I was inside for Turn One, Kimi came from outside and tried to overtake from there", said the Mercedes driver. "I think I got the maximum out of the auto today and moving on to Monaco we will have a few more updates, which will hopefully give us another step".

"That is how racing should be", said a delighted Hamilton. Meanwhile, Ricciardo came third, but was 75.82 seconds behind the race leader.

It was Hamilton's second win of the season, and cuts Vettel's lead to six points as the big two pull clear of the pack in what's looking to be a dramatic fight for the 2017 championship. Max Verstappen, who won the race previous year, retired after a first-lap clash with Kimi Räikkönen.

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