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Summary

  1. Hamilton overtakes Vettel to win, Ricciardo 3rd, Wehrlein 8th
  2. Hamilton unhappy with Vettel's earlier defence
  3. Vettel performs double dummy overtake on Bottas
  4. Vettel overtakes Hamilton at start
  5. Raikkonen and Verstappen collide, both out
  6. Vandoorne, Bottas out

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A titanic tussle ahead?

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Fernando Alonso playing tennis, an epic Hamilton-Vettel battle and Kimi's kind heart, this was a race weekend that had it all. 

Five races in and I think it is not too outrageous to suggest that this could be a season that sits up there with the very best.

On to Monaco next in just two weeks. Bring it on.

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Want to read Andrew Benson's take on the race? Head here for his report.

A two-horse race?

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Does Valtteri Bottas' engine failure mean the title battle is now exclusively between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton? 

There's sure to be plenty more twists and turns to come.

Moment of the race?

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Emotion on and off the track.

This, as they say, was the moment that broke the internet as a young Ferrari fan devastated after Kimi Raikkonen retired on the first lap was invited into the team's motorhome to meet his hero. 

Brilliant.

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Jon Parker: Max's heroics at Sao Paulo last year, the last race I attended .

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Max Verstappen reflects on a shorter Spanish Grand Prix than he would have wanted.

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Motor Racing Art: Painting of Senna and Mansell finish at 1985 Spanish GP.

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Move of the race?

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Was this the best move in the race? I think it was. Sebastian Vettel's double dummy on Valtteri Bottas was something else.

Lewis Hamilton joins Fernando Alonso (2006, 2013) and Kimi Raikkonen (2005, 2008) as the only current drivers to have won at least twice in Spain.

Title battle banter

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Barcelona

Hamilton smiling to Vettel: I gave you space or we would have touched Vettel smiling: I gave you space too Hamilton laughing: Not really.

Listen: 'The battle that F1 has wanted all season'

The best race of the year so far?

The 5 live commentary team relish seeing Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton duke it out...

Hamilton beats Vettel to take victory in Barcelona
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Fine margins once again. Qualifying and the race both went Lewis Hamilton's way but on another day it could have easily gone Sebastian Vettel's.

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Lewis Hamilton has now won as many Spanish GPs as his hero Ayrton Senna (two). 

Only Michael Schumacher (six), Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Mika Hakkinen (all three) have won more.

Listen: 'I need some advice'

Lewis Hamilton calls for help from the Mercedes brains trust and is rewarded with a race win.

Hamilton looks to his team for help in the closing stages

'He never went away'

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff: It was a very tough race with the strategy and the driver coming together. It would have been best to take that pit stop a lap earlier, but in the end it doesn't matter. It is very good and very satisfying.

Asked if Lewis Hamilton is 'back': He never went away.

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'I lost nearly two kilos'

More from race winner Lewis Hamilton: My neck is fine. I lost nearly two kilos I think out there. It is hard. I was straining to keep up with Sebastian Vettel - it is a real privilege to race against someone as good as him.  

'Take all we can'

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Third-placed Daniel Ricciardo: It feels good. We had a little bit of fortune with Valtteri stopping, but we will take all we can. I am really happy to spray the champagne again.

'A shame, but nice race'

Sebastian Vettel, who finished second: I was pushing. I had a really good start. Lewis and myself picked up wheelspin straight away, I pulled the clutch in and could gain on him. I stayed ahead and then got into a nice rhythm. 

On battle with Lewis Hamilton: "I tried to brake as late as possible into Turn 1, locked up, but managed to stay ahead. Then when  I was alone he flew past down the straight. A shame but it was a nice race.

'How racing should be'

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his trophy
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Race winner Lewis Hamilton: I want to say thank you to the crowd for the warm welcome and the support. It did not start off the greatest when I first came, but my appreciation for the country and its people has grown.

That is how racing should be today. Seb was really fast. The start was not good enough, I got a bit of wheelspin. I will have to talk to my guys about that.

On the turn one contact with Vettel: I felt like I ran out of road and I was on the outside but that is racing and I wouldn't have changed it for the world.

Spanish former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa is the man tasked with doing the podium interviews.

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel
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Jack of all Trades: Has to be the best #SpanishGP I have watched in many years.  

Can't argue with that. I've really enjoyed pretty much every race this season. Bodes well for the rest of the year.

'Incredible drive'

Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda: It was good. Lewis saved the race with an incredible drive. The strategy was great, but it was the driver who won it. I only feel sorry for Bottas whose engine blew up.

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Daniel Ricciardo finished 70 seconds behind the winner and 40 seconds ahead of the Force Indias. They are the third fastest team and that does not look like changing.

Their body language seemed OK. Lewis Hamilton just looked too exhausted to talk. 

Anyway, he's got his breath back and up to the podium they go.

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

I will be interested to see the body language between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton when they are out of their cars. The Briton was upset by Vettel's move on him into turn one.

"I was eight seconds ahead and then... I don't know how we managed to lose that. I dunno," Sebastian Vettel says to Daniel Ricciardo.

"You... were alone," adds Vettel. True, Ricciardo was trundling along all by himself in third.

Lewis Hamilton
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"Fantasitc job, guys. What can I say? Strategy was totally on point," says Lewis Hamilton before parking up and climbing out of his car. 

There's no leaping about for joy. He looks absolutely shattered as he makes his way to the pre-podium room and slumps into a chair. I'm exhausted just looking at him.

'Every emotion'

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Hamilton has had every emotion under the sun in this race. He started on pole, lost the lead at the first corner, and then clawed it back via a brilliant strategic move.

Brilliant win by Lewis Hamilton, the 55th of his career. He sounded flustered and exhausted at times but in the end kept his cool to take victory.

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Good work by Fernando Alonso as he heads off to Indy 500 with a first finish of the season in the bag. He turned up the wick in the final few laps to climb to 12th. 

Go get that man another jamon.

Spanish GP result

1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Ricciardo 4) Perez 5) Ocon 6) Hulkenberg 7) Wehrlein 8) Sainz 9) Kvyat 10) Grosjean 

11) Ericsson 12) Alonso 13) Massa 14) Magnussen 14) Palmer 15) Stroll

Retired: Bottas, Vandoorne, Verstappen, Raikkonen

Chequered flag

Lewis Hamilton wins the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

LAST LAP

Lewis Hamilton starts the final lap with a 4.1 second lead over Sebastian Vettel. He's cruising round for his second win of the season.

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Did we ever doubt the longevity of the soft tyre? 

That is a great positive for the Mercedes team, because we have heard a lot about how the Ferrari is more gentle on the tyres. It seems Mercedes have made a great leap forward in that area.

Disaster for Kevin Magnussen. He was on course for a top-10 finish but has got a puncture and is dropping down the field. 

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

Mercedes have tweaked things this season and Hamilton's start engineer is doing some races from the pit wall and some from home.

You wonder if that might be behind his patchy starts so far in 2017.

Lewis Hamilton
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Fastest lap of the race by Lewis Hamilton. He's got this one in the bag.

Two laps to go. 

Pascal Wehrlein is on course for a top 10 finish. He's seventh, more than 10 seconds clear of 10th, meaning the five-second time penalty he will have applied at the end of the race won't drop him out of it.