Hamilton taking a risk too far in pursuit of title glory?

Hamilton taking a risk too far in pursuit of title glory?

Hamilton taking a risk too far in pursuit of title glory?

Hamilton had vowed to take inspiration from Bottas' lightning quick start in Russian Federation a fortnight ago, but it was Vettel who was fastest out of the blocks here.

When asked if the title battle with Vettel, whose lead was slashed to six points after Barcelona, would impact their still-cordial relationship if they kept going wheel-to-wheel on track, Hamilton said: "I don't know, it's hard to say".

Spanish Grand Prix victor Hamilton sounded exhausted when communicating with his engineer via team radio, and after the race he explained that he was pushing from start to finish an attempt to regain the lead after losing it to Sebastian Vettel at the start.

"I think it was just the rawest fight that I can remember having for some time for which I loved". I locked up and don't know if we touched but I managed to say ahead. "This is what the sport is meant to be, this is why I race - to have battles with him for the championship", Hamilton said.

Then in the last stint we did everything we could, the auto was good, it was close with Lewis. "He was respectful and that stayed the same even at the end".

Hamilton and Vettel have two wins apiece in the 2017 season and just six points separate the duo, who have won seven titles between them, in the World Championship race.

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Vettel had kept his lead, but Hamilton waited for a straightaway to blow past him on his faster tires and never looked back. "To have that close battle with a four-time champ is awesome".

Other two drivers from the beast teams this year, Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen from Ferrari, finished their races earlier. The collision damaged the front suspensions of both cars, knocking Raikkonen off the track and forcing Verstappen to hobble back to the garage for good.

Vettel admitted after the race, during the press conference that he just couldn't do anything when Hamilton pressured him in the second part of the race before he jumped over him in the standings.

Vettel said: "We're still here so..."

"An unfortunate start to the race which ultimately finished it also", Verstappen said. "Sebastian was incredibly close and incredibly fast, but the team did a great job with the strategy". Meanwhile, Bottas was forced to retire due to vehicle trouble. "We will take what we can for now and keep working at it, try and stay positive and keep motivated". Fernando Alonso crossed the line in 12th - his first finish of the season - but there was more misery for Britain's Jolyon Palmer, who limped home last.

The Force India duo of Sergio Pérez and Esteban Ocon were fourth and fifth, Nico Hülkenberg took his Renault to sixth, then came Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Pascal Wehrlein in the Sauber-Ferrari, Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Romain Grosjean in the Haas.

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