Soon it became just one Ferrari in the hunt for a podium finish as Kimi Raikkonen was forced to retire with mechanical issues. "Today, the auto and myself, I felt that synergy today, which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year, so it's a good feeling".
But Mercedes, who pitted some 10 laps earlier than the two Red Bulls, managed their tyres to the finish, while Vettel's hopes were futher dashed by his own slow second stop under the virtual safety auto.
In Barcelona, Verstappen did a fine job holding off Vettel and restored some credibility to seal a second podium of the season. "I've not had pole for a while", Hamilton said.
Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix was destined to be full of turmoil from before it began, courtesy of rain overnight that cut grip levels at Circuit de Catalunya. Vettel, meanwhile, lost ground to Hamilton and is now 17 points adrift.
Rory McIlroy endures the birthday blues at Quail Hollow
Second-round leader Peter Malnati birdied the first hole, but had double bogeys on No. 7 and No. 12 on his way to a 75. Rickie Fowler (72-69) is 1-under par and he said the greens are so firm that it is hard to get close to the hole.
"I think he's a great driver", he said, "and if the fallout of the previous relationship did not exist then I think he would have ten championships". "I would like to hope it could be part of the turning point".
Red Bull colleague Daniel Ricciardo was fifth, ahead of Kevin Magnussen for Haas. Sergio Perez took ninth in his Force India, and Sauber finished with one point, courtesy of Charles LeClerc in 10th. Ricciardo cut under the 1:19 mark on lap 61, but it meant little to the Australian, in a lonely P5. It had seemed as though the Dutchman had blown another opportunity for a strong finish when he collided with Lance Stroll just after a Virtual Safety Car period, but the damage to his front wing did not seem to seriously jeopardise his race from that point.
Cleanup required a safety auto, extending the streak of safety vehicle (or virtual safety car) appearances to five this season. Unusually for a race in the Pirelli era, it was tyre wear and not degradation that was the limiting factor with the tyres and it seems Ferrari was not confident there was enough rubber left on Vettel's second set of tyres to see him to the end of the race. What had looked at first sight like questionable strategy was actually, they said, just the auto going through its tyres quicker than others.
Ferrari thought they could take advantage of the virtual safety vehicle out on track, but somehow their strategy failed and Vettel had lost two places behind Hamilton after changing tyres.
All eyes now turn to Monaco for arguably the most iconic of the season's races on May 27. McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne also retired because of a auto failure.
Karnataka polls: Rahul Gandhi conducts roadshow in Bengaluru
Spearheading the BJP's campaign, Modi had launched a scathing attack on Gandhi over his Prime Ministerial ambitions yesterday. Gandhi slammed leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party over controversial comments about changing the Indian Constitution.
Channel 8 being sold to 21st Century Fox
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Tiger Shoots Even Par In Return To Quail Hollow
He got another par on the drivable par-4 14th but there was no reason to celebrate as he missed his birdie chance from four feet. They feel springy, and they feel fast-especially as I'm walking on them, but they're not putting that way.
Justify looks to prove talent trumps curses in Kentucky Derby
However, one can not ignore his dominating performance at the UAE Derby in Dubai, winning by 18.5 lengths in course record time. At the Santa Anita Derby, Justify was challenged by Bolt D'Oro, but when Justify turned it on he won by three lengths.