The seven-time world champion extended his lead atop the Drivers' standings as he took 25 points in Catalonia ahead of Max Verstappen in second place, with a clever two-stop strategy providing the Briton with the extra grip he needed to seal the victory in the final laps of the Grand Prix.
Indeed, during the closing 20 or so laps, Hamilton needed to use his fresh rubber to close up a gap of just over 20 seconds to overhaul Verstappen and, along the way, needed to overtake teammate Bottas, who was running a pretty non-descript race to third place after seeing off the early attentions of Charles Leclerc.
On different strategies, it was clear Hamilton was quicker than Bottas and Mercedes asked the Finn to move out of the way of his hard-charging teammate as to not impede his run at Verstappen, though, the former Williams driver certainly took his time over letting Hamilton through, taking nearly half a lap before obliging.
Indeed, after the Grand Prix, Bottas admitted he “could have let him by earlier” but opted against that and said: “I’m not here to let people by.”
Ultimately, Bottas did let Hamilton go and the race victory was secured, but, had it perhaps cost Lewis first place, the inquiry among the Mercedes team could have been rather in-depth.
Team boss Toto Wolff offered his thoughts on the situation and explained that a chat would be taking place with Valtteri, though, perhaps not to the extent it could have had the win been lost.
“Racing drivers, their instincts are what they are. We would have wished that maybe because Lewis was on a totally different strategy, he would have come through faster, but in the end, we scored the result.
“I can relate to Valtteri that he had a tough day again and you’re annoyed. If it would have lost us the race I would be more critical, but in the end, this is something we can learn off.
“It goes both directions, and this is what we will be discussing but in a very camaraderie sort of way.”
Indeed, it was another tough weekend for Bottas who, whilst close enough in qualifying to the top two, never really matched the pace of Verstappen and Hamilton during the race.
Clearly he was frustrated at having to move over, but it was always going to happen, and now he needs to look forward to Monaco to try and respond.News Now - Sport News