Hamilton claims Spanish Grand Prix to go top

Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes AMG F1 team sent an ill young fan a Mercedes Formula 1 auto after their impressive performance at the Spanish Grand Prix. He now moves into the lead of the World Championship standings, while Verstappen moves into third place.

But behind the Mercedes drivers there was disappointment, especially for Ferrari and Renault. Despite that, however, the five-time champion is convinced that the auto is the best the team have ever produced.

Things have been going very well for Mercedes this season.

Mercedes' fifth consecutive one-two in Barcelona equalled an F1 record ahead of the next race in Monaco.

The highlight of Ferrari's race, meanwhile, was more miscommunication over team orders between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, and even though the German secured third, he was never close to the two Mercedes drivers.

Mercedes' start bucks the trend of recent years, during which Ferrari and Red Bull appeared to be closing the gap.

In a season everyone hoped would produce battle after battle, increasingly it seems that Verstappen and Red Bull are the only forces with the potential to inject the drama we're all hoping for. Having already secured the drivers' championship, he quit with two races remaining due to Ferrari's decision to run his replacement Gilles Villeneuve in a third vehicle. "They have been really very strong so far in the season".

Worse for Ferrari was that Charles Leclerc won't line up alongside his teammate after the Monegasque's vehicle required repairs at the start of Q3.

Vettel must have realised how downcast the mood would be, taking to the team radio on the cool-down lap to try and lift the spirits.

Harry, who has Ewing's sarcoma, had said in his video message on Instagram: "Hello Lewis Hamilton".

"Grazie tutti. Forza Ferrari". The trickiest bit proved to be avoiding driving into the back of the safety vehicle - deployed after Lando Norris and Lance Stroll collided after 46 laps. But for Lewis Hamilton in Spain on Sunday this was surely one to inspire a sense of quiet satisfaction rather than unabandoned jubilation. Verstappen is 46 points adrift of Hamilton.

"(Our competition) is respectful and balanced as always", the British driver said. "Of course we want to be as quick as we can be, we don't know why the others have fallen off a little bit", Hamilton told reporters after Sunday's race.

Hamilton is a five-time Formula One World Champion who races for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. One wonders how long the entente cordialecan last.