Hamilton and Bottas give first comments on the Spanish GP!

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Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix in a dominant fashion, shattering the record for most podium finishes in the process.

The Briton was leading the race from start to finish and took home his fourth consecutive Spanish Grand Prix win.

“It’s been a great achievement for the team, it felt so good today,” said Hamilton after the race.

“That was a surprise, because we had problems with the tyres. Managing them went very well today. What went wrong last week, we learned from that, so we were able to put this down today.

“I didn’t even know it was the last lap at the end, that bad I was in my zone. I was ready to continue.

“Before a race I always study what tyres we still have and what strategy we are going to use. I understood that we could use the tyres longer than we planned, so I even thought about a one-stopper, but I think the strategy we used was the right one.

“There was no reason to take the risk of the soft tyre, so I put fresh medium tyres under it.

“I want to thank everyone at the factory for working through it, despite the big problems in the world,” concluded the six-time champion.

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Valtteri Bottas however didn’t have such a successful race. He suffered a bad start and ultimately finished in P3.

“The start was the key moment today, it just wasn’t good enough,” said the Finn.

“I lost positions, so of course in my first stint I had to work hard to regain ground and struggled with the condition of the tyres. In my second stint I was stuck behind Max Verstappen and everyone knows how hard it is to overtake here.

“At the end I think the start has determined everything. I’m not sure what happened at the start, I have to check that.

“It looked like Lewis Hamilton had a good start at the front and the cars behind me got a good tow. I didn’t have a tow at the start.

“Then it was tight in the first corner, I was stuck between other cars,”, concluded Bottas.

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