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Spanish Grand Prix: driver of the day

We take a look at who was the driver of the day in Spain.
Monday, May 12, 2014

12th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Yet again Lewis Hamilton makes it hard for me to not name him my driver of the day.

The Mercedes driver was nothing short of dominant all weekend, topping FP1, FP2 and taking pole position at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Nico Rosberg also put up a good fight and claimed on the podium that given another lap he would have passed Hamilton to take his second win of the season.

Mercedes dominance comes as no surprise, therefore neither of them can be my driver of the day.

Daniel Ricciardo performed well to pick up his first podium finish (second if you include the Australia Grand Prix which he was disqualified from) of the year. Unfortunately for him his pace isn't unexpected either, so again he can't be my driver of the day.

Valtteri Bottas finished fifth, equalling his career best which he achieved at this years season opener in Melbourne.

The Finn is doing a good job of proving that Williams have pace this year and perhaps it's just a matter of time before he steps onto the podium.

Bottas' fifth place finish means that Williams have passed McLaren to move into fifth in the constructors' championship.

Sebastian Vettel had a torrid weekend in the lead up to the race. A wiring loom issue brought him to a halt on track during FP1 and forced him to miss FP2 while Red Bull fixed it in time for Saturday.

During Q3 the German driver came to a halt on track again, this time with a gearbox issue. His gearbox was changed resulting in a five place grid penalty.

He began the Spanish Grand Prix 15th on the grid and climbed up the field to finish fourth place.

After having such a dominant car for so many years, many Formula One fans say the quadruple world champion is unable to overtake and his performance in Spain may have put some of those comments to rest.

My driver of the day has to be Vettel for turning around a bad weekend. Who was your driver of the day at the Spanish Grand Prix?

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