F1 star Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix – a race he had lead from the very first turn. It was his third win of this F1 season after Bahrain Grand Prix and Chinese Grand Prix, and 76th win of his career.
This win was a routine after he got past pole-sitting teammate Valtteri Bottas at the start. The trickiest bit proved to be avoiding driving into the back of the safety car — deployed after Lando Norris and Lance Stroll collided after 46 laps.
But after this thumping win in the Spanish Grand Prix, the Brit racer revealed that he is going nowhere. Hamilton has ditched plans to join Ferrari and wants to turn Mercedes into the greatest team in F1’s history.
In an interview, he said: “When you’re in negotiations, you always have to drop in the Ferrari name. Toto’s a very intelligent man, so we had great negotiations. I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13, so it’s very hard to see myself anywhere else. I’ve never made it a secret that I’ve been a Ferrari fan, particularly of Ferrari road cars. But do I plan on going elsewhere? I haven’t made any plans for the future. For now, I’m just enjoying driving with this team. It’s incredible what we’re achieving and what we have achieved in these six and a half years. I plan on making this team and working with this team to make it the most successful of all-time. That’s my current goal and my sole focus.”
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff had hinted the five-time world champion would join the legendary Italian team for one last hurrah before bringing his career to a close.
Mercedes have now set an F1 record by chalking up one-two finishes in the first five races of a season — Bottas and Hamilton celebrated on the podium by lifting Mercedes supremo Dieter Zetsche onto their shoulders.
The team should probably book the open-top bus now for their title-winning party while each member of their 800 staff can already think about what to buy with their £10,000 bonus. Mercedes’ job has been made even easier by Ferrari’s implosion.