Valtteri Bottas' tyres were down to the canvas in Spanish GP

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP celebrates after winning the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya. Dan Istitene  Getty Images

Hamilton's strong run helped Mercedes re-establish order at the top of the field after seeing Ferrari dominate most of the early season.

Most teams brought significant updates to Spain, which marks the beginning of the European season in F1. "Let's keep this up".

Valtteri Bottas came home in second to make it a flawless day for Mercedes, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen completed the podium despite damaging his front wing.

Vettel, who now trails Hamilton by 17 points in the drivers' standings, was only fourth after a slow pit stop. "I actually heard something maybe yesterday that they've already agreed on some aerodynamic rules".

"I think today has been a rejuvenating experience", Hamilton said. "It's a really good feeling".

It was the 64th victory of his career - only Michael Schumacher on 91 has more - and it came from his 74th pole.

"People probably think it was an easy race and that I was cruising".

The 33-year-old said that "at no point" did he think he would lose the race, but insisted he was working hard.

Vettel put their drop in form down to three things: speed, tyres - referring to the change in tread depth for this specific race - and reliability. It's early to say but I hope it can be part of a turning point.

Ricciardo was fifth in Barcelona, ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas and the Spanish duo of Carlos Sainz of Renault and Fernando Alonso of McLaren.

Mexican Sergio Perez was ninth for Force India and Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc took the final point for Sauber.

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With Valtteri Bottas' future up in the air, a host of names have been linked with a Mercedes move next year.

"We went to Melbourne, the vehicle performed well, he was in the lead, solid, and then suddenly he found himself behind a Ferrari and couldn't overtake". Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): +27.584s 5. He lost time in the pits and came back onto the track behind Verstappen, and was unable to make up the difference despite the newer tires.

Vettel said drivers could offer useful insights.

"I have no idea what they've changed", said the Red Bull driver.

Mercedes was in front in Barcelona the entire weekend, setting the fastest time in all practice sessions and taking pole position with Hamilton - his first since the season-opener in Australia.

It was a lukewarm Spanish GP, especially compared to the thrilling races seen in China and Azerbaijan.

The race was marked by a crash on the opening lap that saw the exit of Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly and Nico Hulkenberg.

The safety vehicle was deployed for six laps to deal with the debris before Hamilton's restart left Vettel for dust. Grosjean was later handed a three-place grid penalty for the next race in Monaco.

Verstappen was running fourth when he clipped his front wing on a Williams under the virtual safety auto, but the damage was not significant and he didn't have to make an extra stop.

"But we could easily go to the next race and struggle and be nowhere".

"I think the last couple of races we were a bit closer in terms of pace, we had a vehicle fighting for the win, having winning pace", he said. Verstappen has good memories here, as he captured his first ever F1 win in Barcelona in 2016, while Ricciardo finished third at this race past year.

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