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F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton was victorious once again Sunday afternoon, leading all 66 laps of the Spanish Grand Prix en route to his 76th career victory.

Starting the race in second place, Hamilton took the lead from teammate and polesitter Valtteri Bottas in turn one after a three-way duel that saw both Mercedes drivers and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel battle for the lead. Hamilton would not cede the lead for the remainder of the race.

“I have to put it down to this incredible team. This is history in the making, with five 1-2 finishes in a row. I’m so happy for every one of them,” Hamilton told fans following his victory.

With his third victory of the season, Hamilton moves to the top of the points standings – now leading Bottas by seven points.

Bottas finished second, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third.

Ferrari once again struggled this weekend, with both drivers missing a podium finish. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Local favorite Carlos Sainz finished eighth for McLaren in his home race.

The Grand Prix saw two retirements, with Lance Stroll (Racing Point) and Lando Norris (McLaren) finishing 19th and 20th after making contact with each other on lap 46. The incident brought out the safety car for nine laps.

Full results are below. The next race of the 2019 Formula One World Championship is the most prestigious race of the year, the Monaco Grand Prix, on May 26.

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Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.