Montmelo: Lewis Hamilton had no problems with his tyres this time as he coasted to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, extending his championship lead to 37 points and clinching an 88th career victory to move within three of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.
The talk before the race was whether Mercedes’ tyres would be vulnerable in the searing summer heat of Spain after experiencing problems in the past two races at Silverstone. But there were no such issues as Hamilton finished 24 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen — who has eight podiums in the past nine races stretching back to last season.
Valtteri Bottas placed third to fall further behind second-place Verstappen in the standings.
The winding 4.7-kilometre Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with its combination of slow and fast corners, is one of the hardest for overtaking.