DHL Fastest Lap Award: FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI 2017

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Fastest Driver Group 1: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 1:23.593
Fastest Driver Group 2: Jolyon Palmer (Renault) - 1:24.843
Fastest Driver Group 3: Fernando Alonso (McLaren) - 1:23.894

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Lewis Hamilton takes DHL Fastest Lap in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton swept the board in the 2017 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI at Barcelona. The Mercedes driver won the European Formula 1 opener from pole position and also secured the DHL Fastest Lap.

Hamilton had an exciting battle with Sebastian Vettel for the win. The British driver decided the scrap in his favor on Lap 44 with an overtaking maneuver at the end of the start/finish straight. Hamilton then took the lead and posted the fastest lap of the race on Lap 64 with a time of 1:23.593 minutes.

Hamilton just managed to edge out Vettel, whose best lap time was 1:23.674, followed closely by Daniel Ricciardo. The Red Bull driver finished on the podium for the first time this season, burning a personal best time of 1:23.686 into the Spanish asphalt.

“It was the rawest fight that I can remember having in a long-time,” said Hamilton about his battle with Vettel. “I loved it, this is why I race. This is what made me get into racing in the first place. This is what the sport needs to be like every single weekend. To have a close battle like that with a four-time champion is awesome.”

Fastest race laps: FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI 2017

01 Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes) 1:23.593 - on lap 64
02 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:23.674 - on lap 43
03 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:23.686 - on lap 40
04 Fernando Alonso (McLaren) 1:23.894 - on lap 64
05 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1:24.696 - on lap 28
06 Jolyon Palmer (Renault) 1:24.843 - on lap 44
07 Sergio Pérez (Forcce India) 1:25.755 - on lap 51
08 Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 1:25.976 - on lap 37
09 Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) 1:26.186 - on lap 61
10 Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:26.213 - on lap 60

History: DHL Fastest Laps in the FORMULA 1 SPANISH  GRAND PRIX

Hamilton posted the fastest race lap ever seen in Barcelona since 2009 when Rubens Barrichello took the DHL Fastest Lap with a time of 1:22.762 minutes. Kimi Räikkönen holds the record for the fastest lap on the current track layout with a time of 1:21.670 which he set in 2008.

Having now posted 34 fastest race laps, Hamilton is in fourth place in the list of all-time fastest Formula 1 race laps. Michael Schumacher (77) tops the standings in this category followed by Kimi Räikkönen (45) and Alain Prost (41).

Hamilton leads DHL Fastest Lap Award

This success in Barcelona puts Lewis Hamilton out in front in the DHL Fastest Lap Award. The Mercedes driver has now notched up three successes on the day while Kimi Räikkönen has two fastest race laps to his name so far this season.

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