Formula One

 
           === Hamilton holds off Rosberg for fourth straight win ===
 
 Barcelona,  Spain  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes grabbed
 the  lead  in the Formula One  world championship standings after claiming his
 fourth consecutive victory of the season in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
 
 Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg staged another thrilling battle for the win
 this  season,  as Hamilton crossed  the finish line  just 0.6 seconds ahead of
 Rosberg.  Both  drivers finished  in that  same order  in last month's Bahrain
 Grand Prix, with the margin of victory there one second.
 
 Hamilton  started  on the pole  and only relinquished  the lead when he pitted
 first on lap 22 and then the final time on lap 44. He had an advantage as high
 as five seconds, but Rosberg cut that margin to less than a second on lap 60.
 
 Mercedes  has been  the  dominant team  this year,  with  Rosberg scoring  the
 victory  in the  season-opener in Australia and then Hamilton winning the next
 four grand prix -- Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Spain.
 
 Hamilton  scored his 26th career victory, which put him ahead of Jim Clark and
 Niki  Lauda for eighth on F1's all-time race winners list. It's the first time
 Hamilton has won the Spanish GP in eight attempts.
 
 "Getting  my first grand prix win here after trying for eight years, it's very
 difficult  to  really put into words  the feeling when  you come to a race and
 have  a result  like this," Hamilton said.  "Never have I had a car like this,
 and  obviously, we've  never had a gap  like this to anyone before. Nico did a
 fantastic  job today.  It was a struggle  to keep him behind, but I'm grateful
 that I was able to do it."
 
 Rosberg  has now  finished second to Hamilton for the fourth straight time. He
 is also three points behind his teammate in the world championship standings.
 
 "This  is a really  difficult track to get close to the guy in front," Rosberg
 said.  "I still  got close, in turn 10  on the last lap. Could have gone for a
 kamikaze  move, but  it wouldn't have worked.  Lewis did a great job the whole
 weekend, and just that little bit ahead. But there's a lot of positives for me
 to  take  out of it.  I'm fully motivated  to just try  to get that little bit
 extra and to edge him out next time, and it's doable."
 
 Daniel  Ricciardo  from Red Bull  earned his first podium  finish in F1 with a
 third-place run, while his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending
 world champion, finished fourth after starting 15th.
 
 "I  think coming  into the race today we  knew a boring race would be a pretty
 good  one for us," Ricciardo said. "We knew we didn't really have the pace for
 Mercedes.  We  looked like a  third-place car, and in  the end, that's what it
 was.  We  had a  pretty comfortable third-place,  and we just  had to focus on
 getting  the tires to last two stops and that was it. Really nice to be on the
 podium."
 
 Vettel  had qualified  10th  but received  a five-place  grid  penalty for  an
 unapproved gearbox change following Saturday's qualifying.
 
 "All in all, it was the maximum we could do," Vettel said. "I think fourth was
 the best we could do today."
 
 Valtteri Bottas from Williams took the fifth spot, followed by Ferrari drivers
 Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso, a Spaniard, overtook Raikkonen for
 position  with three laps left. He was the last car to finish on the lead lap,
 while Raikkonen fell one lap behind.
 
 Romain Grosjean from Lotus finished eighth, while Force India teammates Sergio
 Perez and Nico Hulkenberg completed the top-10.
 
 Alonso is now 51 points behind Hamilton, while Vettel trails by 55.
 
 05/11 12:48:36 ET

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