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Lewis Hamilton reveals he is driving without a drinks bottle this season

Lewis Hamilton reveals he is driving without a drinks bottle this season

Lewis Hamilton has hinted for the first time that his friendly relationship with Sebastian Vettel could be under threat after their wheel-to-wheel duel at the Spanish Grand Prix.

After Sebastian Vettel won the Russian Grand Prix pole and Valtteri Bottas won the race, it's Lewis Hamilton who has instead stormed back to win the pole for today's Spanish Grand Prix.

Despite Bottas experiencing his first retirement as a Silver Arrows driver with a mechanical failure on lap 39, Mercedes lead the Constructors' Championship by eight points from Ferrari.

Indeed, Red Bull's podium only occurred because Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari failed to finish.

"We'll have a tough fight and I love a challenge".

"I didn't want him to win, I wanted to win, so I'm not entirely happy but at the same time I have nothing to complain or moan about as he drove past us on the track and they did a better job as a team". "I just really have to congratulate and thank my team". It was an awesome drive from Lewis, great calls by our strategy team, good defensive driving by Valtteri [Bottas], the fastest pit stops of the race and a quick, consistent upgraded vehicle.

Hamilton and Vettel have two wins apiece in the 2017 season and just six points separate the duo, who have won seven titles between them, in the World Championship race.

The win was Hamilton's second in Barcelona and ended a run of 10 different winners in 10 years.

The crash allowed Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo to cruise home in third. "Then we came together with Max but it all started from the first touch, so what can you do?"

"The start was not good enough, I got a bit of wheelspin".

Hamilton made use of an alternative strategy to Vettel - aided by making a pitstop just before a virtual safety vehicle period came to an end - to get back on terms with the Ferrari, which had surged into the lead at the start.

Vettel had kept his lead, but Hamilton waited for a straightaway to blow past him on his faster tires and never looked back.

Vettal did all he could to beat Hamilton with a thrilling move to pass Bottas that will be replayed for some time to come.

Vettel was the first driver to stop for a slight issue with his front tyre delaying him only fractionally. I locked up and don't know if we touched but I managed to say ahead.

Mexican Sergio Perez finished fourth, his 15th successive points finish, for Force India with French rookie team mate Esteban Ocon fifth. Both the drivers carried on after the incident and Alonso managed to finish in 12th position ahead of Filipe Massa. But Raikkonen was also of the view that Bottas had triggered the chain reaction.