Rosberg turns the tide with Spanish win

Sun May 10, 2015 4:42pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton for the first time this season and cut the Formula One world champion's lead to 20 points with a commanding victory in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton, who had won three of the first four grands prix, had lost the battle for pole position and a slow getaway from the front row left the Briton playing catch-up all race.

Hamilton tried his best, clawing back second place from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, but Rosberg remained well out of reach and took the checkered flag 17.5 seconds clear of his title rival.

"It was a perfect weekend. Everything worked out: the car was great, nailed the setup for the race, for qualifying. Everything came together," Rosberg told reporters after the ninth win of his Formula One career and third Mercedes one-two of the season.

"That still we are dominating in such a way is fantastic to see," he added.

Hamilton now has 111 points to Rosberg's 91, with 14 races remaining and Monaco -- where the German has won for the past two years -- next up.

After parking his car alongside Rosberg's, Hamilton shook the German's hand and patted him on the back in recognition of a job well done.

His race engineer had told the champion, who made three stops to Rosberg's two after losing time with a slow first one, to resign himself in the closing laps on a circuit where overtaking is famously difficult.   Continued...

Formula One - F1 - Spanish Grand Prix 2015 - Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain - 10/5/15
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton celebrate after finishing first and second respectively with their team 
Reuters / Albert Gea