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2014 Spanish Grand Prix

Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Round:
5
Weather:
Warm, dry and sunny
Laps:
66
Fastest Lap:
Vettel, 1m28.918
Country:
Spain
Circuit:
2014 season:
Report

“No more feedback please,” said Lewis Hamilton to his engineer Pete Bonnington as he went into the last couple of laps, team-mate Nico Rosberg hard on his tail and on the faster option tyre. All through the race Lewis had been pumping Bonnington for more information, not less. “How much time loss did we suffer in the pits?” “Which corners am I losing time on?” “What can I do to limit the oversteer?” “Where you been the last few laps?” It was brain-frying in there, competitive paranoia mixed in with strategic options. But now, having not pulled out the gap he really needed to have done in the middle stint of the two-stop race – when he was on the option, Rosberg on the prime – he had his hands full, just like in Bahrain. It was all going to come down to street-fighting smarts and making no lock ups on tyres that were graining, with a car that was now understeering a little more than he would’ve preferred. He was just trying to keep it all under control, the high stress of holding onto what would be a crucially important win amid the mass of information, keeping it clean and measured but being ready to fight if needed. It’s a place he’s been many times before.

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