Venue: Circuit De Barcelona
Lewis Hamilton picked up his first win of the year in Azerbaijan but Sebastian Vettel went into most notebooks as the man to follow with regards Spanish Grand Prix betting predictions.
The Ferrari ace was easily the fastest driver in qualifying in Baku, securing a dominant pole position ahead of Mercedes duo Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Vettel should also have won on race day, only for his former Red Bull team to do him few favours when Daniel Ricciardo smashed into Max Verstappen and the safety car was deployed.
“We are not entirely happy because we could have won,” said Vettel. “In fact, I am very upset about losing the position at the restart, because I didn’t want that to happen.
“But there are also so many positive aspects to take from this race. We had a good pace and were in control. Now I think we need to look ahead, because we had a strong car.”
How the Azerbaijan Grand Prix finished:
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 3 Perez (Force India), 4 Vettel (Ferrari), 5 Sainz (Renault), 6 Leclerc (Sauber), 7 Alonso (McLaren), 8 Stroll (Williams), 9 Vandoorne (McLaren), 10 Hartley (Toro Rosso), 11 Ericsson (Sauber), 12 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 13 Magnussen (Haas), 14 Bottas (Mercedes), DNF Grosjean (Haas), Verstappen (Red Bull), Ricciardo (Red Bull), Hulkenberg (Renault), Ocon (Force India), Sirotkin (Williams)
Fortunate Baku victor Hamilton will take a four-point lead in the title race into the opening leg of the European season, but he admitted Mercedes must improve if he is to claim a fifth world crown.
“Being in the lead of the championship is great, but if we continue on the trajectory we are on, then we would need tricky races like this one in Azerbaijan to keep us in the fight,” said the Briton.
“There have been two weird races, in China and Azerbaijan, which have kept us in the mix, but we cannot rely on such scenarios for the next 17 grands prix.
“We need ultimate performance and confidence in the car, and while I have got the pace within me, and I think the car has got the pace, too, both are currently not intertwined in synergy to extract the perfect equation.
“We definitely have to improve in a lot of areas.”
Red Bull duo Verstappen and Ricciardo may have to play it safe in Barcelona after their embarrassing collision in Baku, so a Vettel victory looks the way to go in our Spanish Grand Prix betting tips.
Past Spanish Grand Prix results:
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel, Bottas
2016 Verstappen (Red Bull), Raikkonen, Vettel
2015 Rosberg (Mercedes), Hamilton, Vettel
2014 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg, Ricciardo
2013 Alonso (Ferrari), Raikkonen, Massa
2012 Maldonado (Williams), Alonso, Raikkonen
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