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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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Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.