Hamilton Wins the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix

For Hamilton it was his 55th career win - and one of most hard-fought, with Ferrari's Vettel grabbing the lead from the Mercedes star at the start.

Daniel Ricciardo picked up his first podium of the season but team-mate Max Verstappen didn't fare as well, crashing out at the first corner of the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

ESPN rounds up the best soundbites from Barcelona as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton didn't hold back on track or on team radio.

With the rest of the field way off the pace, the battle between the two drivers continued as they approached the final laps. However, the Mercedes team pressured Vettel into pitting early, giving Hamilton the lead on lap 15.

Hamilton added: "I am glad I was able afterward to have a battle and I didn't damage anything and there was nothing lost between us". The start was not good enough, I got a bit of wheelspin.

Ricciardo admitted he got a bit lucky as he inherited third place from Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas after the Finn's engine expired.

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".

The Briton's triumph in Barcelona could not have been more different to his troubles here a year ago where he crashed out of the race following his opening-lap collision with Nico Rosberg.

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However this is the first race with most teams having brought upgrades to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the new year, and as such, the first chance to see if the pecking order is re-established.

Hamilton's second win in five races this season cut Vettel's lead from 13 points to six heading into the Monaco GP.

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix [Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd].

At the start of the 2017 Formula One season, three-time champion Lewis Hamilton had said that he was more determined than ever to win back the title after his former teammate Nico Rosberg beat him to it last season. "This is what the sport needs to be every single race.to have that close battle with him, a four-time champion, is awesome".

That is until Stoffel Vandoorne beached his McLaren in the gravel after contact with Felipe Massa.

"I was doing everything I could to stay in front, but as soon as I was alone he just flew past me down the straight, which was a shame".

Bottas, who later retired with a mechanical failure on his vehicle, also described the incident as unfortunate. The two Toro Rosso's of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat were split on the seventh and ninth position by Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein, despite him suffering from a 5 second penalty.

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