Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton has 'zero comfortability' in title race

Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton has 'zero comfortability' in title race

Since the last race l have not thought for one second that l am leading the world championship.

The Italian team only had five pole positions in 2017 but Sebastian Vettel has already started at the front three times in the first four races this year.

The double DNF, which has seen Red Bull slip 59 points behind Ferrari in the race for the constructors' championship, comes during a spell of poor reliability for Red Bull's Renault engine and will only add to existing frustrations inside the garage.

Ferrari have not had four successive poles since 2007 and Vettel has yet to be on pole in Barcelona.

Last but not least, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen also represents some value at 12/1 to win his first race since the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.

But this season has been one to forget so far for the 20 year old. The current youngest is Vettel, who did it at the age of 21 years and 72 days.

Hamilton has had a record 29 successive scoring finishes to date.

F1 has not yet announced a calendar of races for 2019, but the plans put in front of the Commission were for a race in October.

Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) is now the only driver on the starting grid yet to score a point in his career.

Haas' Romain Grosjean hit a wall while the safety vehicle was out and was forced to retire as well.

The Spanish Grand Prix will always have happy memories for Max Verstappen.

Hamilton was victorious in Spain previous year. Raikkonen, Verstappen and Bottas all got involved with each other while Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso had their own separate accident.

Some 24 of the last 27 races run on the Circuit de Catalunya have been won from the front row, the highest percentage of any of the sport's traditional tracks.

Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso were the main attraction in Barcelona, as the two Spaniards look to make an impact at the home Grand Prix. Since the first Spanish Grand Prix in 1951, the Italian team have won it 12 times.

But as he returns to the scene of his first victory on Sunday for the fifth round of the 2018 season, the focus is on Verstappen for less positive reasons.

"It was a very emotional race, Valtteri deserved to win".

Formula One's owners Liberty Media have been keen to expand in the United States of America since taking control of the sport in early 2017 and Miami race is expected to join the calendar alongside the existing U.S. Grand Prix in Austin.

Vettel was on for second place in China and the win in Azerbaijan before the course auto came onto the track.

The good news for Vettel is that the safety vehicle has traditionally been a rare sight in Barcelona, but he will be wary given that one of the main factors for him being beaten by Hamilton in the race 12 months ago was an ill-timed Virtual Safety auto (VSC) period.

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