Hamilton would rather fight Ferrari than battle with Bottas

Tanya Simon
May 14, 2019

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished in the third place.

Hamilton tops the standings with 112 points while Bottas and Verstappen are in second and third with 105 and 66 points respectively.

After the safety auto pulled in, Hamilton made a good restart, managed to keep Bottas behind him and once again started pulling away.

"Today, I was more just super-inspired by this young kid who sent me a message, Harry (Shaw)".

"I saw that he was also braking quite late and if I just turned in, which I think I could have managed, then he would have had nowhere to go and I would go the other way".

"I want to dedicate this one to Harry".

"I'm grateful in the race that we were able to settle our differences".

"Yesterday, it was a bit of a nightmare", he said. "I think that is our approach". After a few laps and a number of close shaves between the pair into Turn 1, Ferrari eventually did the sensible thing and asked Leclerc to let Vettel past on lap 37.

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Five times world champion Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes should not be blamed for their dominance and he would far rather be in a battle with Formula One rivals Ferrari and Red Bull than team mate Valtteri Bottas. It was respectful and balanced - as we always are.

"I prefer the races, where, for example, Bahrain where they were on the front row". I love that. Especially when we're kind of intertwined. Such an achievement would match the record the Italian team set between 1999 and 2004.

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It wasn't a successful day for a Ferrari Driver Academy member, however, as Callum Ilott crashed on debut for Alfa Romeo.

The most familiar story, though, is of Ferrari being unable to. "Even within the team we have discussed it and with Lewis we have discussed it and we have agreed on the topic". Mercedes brought Hamilton in for soft tyres, allowing him to head back onto track in the lead.

Ferrari have also won a record 16 constructors' championships and 15 drivers' titles, compared to five and seven respectively for Mercedes.

However, Wolff made clear that Hamilton has not expressed any desire to leave Mercedes. Hamilton knows he has a fight on his hands from this new-spec Bottas, and the Finn looks plain angry when he loses - which is a good sign (for him as well as us). I think if we continue to have a auto that is on that level, there is no reason to go - and we would love him to stay.

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