Formula 1 - Four in a row for Hamilton and Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton took his fourth consecutive F1 race win, holding off Nico Rosberg from pole at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

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Formula 1 - Four in a row for Hamilton and Mercedes
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Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Spanish Grand Prix (Reuters)

An enthralling duel between the Mercedes team-mates ended in another win for Lewis Hamilton, starting in pole, and securing a fourth in a row.

He was pushed all the way by Nico Rosberg, who cut down the advantage to around half a second in the closing stages.

After the race, Hamilton was clearly not happy with his car or his performance; he had expressed concerns to his team via the radio throughout, starting with complaints about the cockpit temperature before the race even began, and ending with a problem with the left graining in the closing lap.

On the podium, however, once he had wrapped up his victory, he was gracious, admitting Rosberg had been the quicker, and that he had not driven well enough to grab a more convincing win.

Rosberg, meanwhile, described himself as "a little gutted" not to manage to overtake Hamilton, and speculated that he might have managed it if the race had been a lap longer.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo got his first F1 podium finish, 48.9 seconds behind Hamilton, but holding off his own team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who did brilliantly to move into fourth after his disastrous qualifying left him loitering in 15th.

Valtteri Bottas, in his Williams, managed to hold on to fifth place, and Fernando Alonso, in front of an adoring home crowd, managed to take sixth place ahead of his Ferrari colleague Kimi Raikkonen.

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