Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton sprays champagne as he celebrates on the podium after winning the race

Dominant Hamilton Takes Over Favouritism in F1 Title Race

Lewis Hamilton’s dominant drive to win the Spanish Grand Prix has resulted in the Brit being promoted to favouritism for the Formula 1 drivers’ championship.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was a narrow favourite heading to Barcelona, but after converting his pole position in to 25 points it is now Hamilton who heads the market at 1.50 with 188BET.

It was more the manner of victory than the win itself that has seen Hamilton’s price shift so dramatically. He got away from the line cleanly and held off Vettel heading into the first corner before careering away.

It was an afternoon cruise for Hamilton on the Circuit de Catalunya, and he looked in a different league to every other driver on the circuit.

“I was comfortable but at no point did I feel like I was going to lose it,” Hamilton said, per ESPN F1. “I was pushing every single lap using it as a test bench to understand what I liked about the balance and how can I play with it more and how can I squeeze more out of it and do all sorts to understand what more I can get from.”

After taking the chequered flag, Hamilton extended his lead over Vettel to 17 points. It was a frustrating afternoon for the German, who did not have the pace to contend with Hamilton and an issue at a pit stop – when he was held by his crew in order to avoid an unsafe release, cost him at least one and possibly two places.

Vettel emerged from his final pit stop in fourth, having entered the pit lane in second, and he could not find a way past Max Verstappen.

“Bottom line is we’re not quick enough to win,” a frustrated Vettel said, per ESPN F1. “That’s what we have to address.”

For the opening weeks of the year it was Vettel and his Ferrari that looked the dominant force, but the tide has turned Hamilton’s way and Mercedes have real momentum heading into the European leg of the season.

Ferrari have a fortnight before the Monaco Grand Prix and they will need to find answers as to why their pace is down and their tyres not performing if they are to stand a chance of getting Vettel back in the title mix.

Vettel is only 17 points behind Hamilton, but judged on the difference in performance in Spain the gulf between the two is far greater than what the table indicates.