Unstoppable Mercedes equals record of consecutive doubles
The Spanish GP was dominated by Mercedes with a front row sweep, a sound double and the entire race in the lead: this was the fifth consecutive double for the German squad, equaling the longest streaks in history, set previously twice by Ferrari and twice by themselves.
Hamilton took the lead from poleman Bottas and pulled away, with the Finn unable to match his pace; behind them Verstappen, who pipped Vettel at the first turn to take third.
Numbers from the F.1 race
280 – Lewis Hamilton gave Great Britain their 280th F.1 win, and their 670th podium.
160 – At his 160th race, Sergio Perez equaled the F.1 record of races without a front row start, belonging to Johnny Herbert.
105-61 – 105th pole for Mercedes and 61st front row sweep on Saturday.
92-49 – This was Mercedes’ 92nd win and 49th double.
35 – Valtteri Bottas claimed his 35th career podium in Spain, reaching World Champions Juan Manuel Fangio and Emerson Fittipaldi at the 24th all-time spot.
24 – Max Verstappen climbed on the podium for the 24th time, equaling World Champions Alan Jones and John Surtees, as well as Stirling Moss at the 41st all-time spot.
9-3 – Bottas recorded his ninth career pole, the third straight. He won only three races from his 9 career poles.
7 – Mercedes equaled the all-time streak of poles on a given track, seven, recorded previously by Williams in Silverstone (1991-1997) and Ferrari in Suzuka (1998-2004).
7 – With their seventh pole in Catalunya, Mercedes equaled the track record which belonged to Ferrari.
7 – For the seventh straight year, Lewis Hamilton qualified on the front row in Catalunya.
6 – Barcelona is the first track where Mercedes records a sixth front row sweep.
5x5 – The unique streak of only five drivers in the first five places in the races continues: this year only Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Leclerc and Verstappen finished in the top-5 in all the five races run so far.
4 – Barcelona is the first track where Mercedes records a fourth double.
4x2 – For the second straight year, the podium in Barcelona was Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, in this order, with Vettel finishing fourth.
3 – For the first time since they became team-mates in 2017, Bottas was able to outqualify Hamilton in three straight races.
3x3 – For the third straight race, the first three on the grid were Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, in this order.
3 – For the third consecutive year, Hamilton won in Barcelona. This was his 76th career win.
0.634 – Hamilton was outqualified by Bottas by 0.634 seconds. That is the largest gap he had to concede to a team-mate since the 2016 Singapore GP, when he was distanced by 0.704 seconds by Nico Rosberg.