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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his vehicle during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Lewis Hamilton declared "that's how racing should be" after beating Sebastian Vettel to glory in an enthralling Spanish Grand Prix.

MercedesAMG's Valtteri Bottas, retired when his exhausted engine failed running 3rd late in the F1 race.

Pole-sitter Hamilton lost the lead to Vettel at the start only to regain the lead from the Ferrari driver in the final stages of a compelling race to seal his second victory of the year.

Hamilton has cut the gap on Vettel at the top of the standings to six points after five rounds of this year's Formula 1 championship with his second victory of the season and 55th overall. "Outside the track we are not best friends, I have known him for a long time but I don't have a problem with him".

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel duel for the 2017 title is set to remain close all the way to Abu Dhabi with the multiple champions in "a high-speed fight to call themselves the best of their time", according to the post-Spanish GP newspapers. "It was just very unlucky - it was just a small touch really".

"It's great to have a battle and a fight with another team is so much nicer and more enjoyable because there's no tension within our team". "I slipped into fourth and from that point on I realised Kimi was out of the race and my position was probably going to be a lonely one for the next 66 laps".

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Hamilton emerged the victor, with Vettel crossing the line 3.4 seconds back. Behind them, Valtteri Bottas nudged Kimi Räikkönen who had a hard impact with Max Verstappen, knocking both drivers out of the race. I was good when I got out of the auto but jumping into.

Hamilton was left for dead at the start as Vettel shot by him into the lead and he looked out of it when he trailed by a almost eight seconds before the Mercedes think tank got to work. Vettel eventually got by on a third try, but by then Hamilton had pulled back some valuable seconds.

Hamilton made use of an alternative strategy to Vettel - aided by making a pitstop just before a virtual safety vehicle period came to an end - to get back on terms with the Ferrari, which had surged into the lead at the start.

Championship leader Vettel bemoaned the eight seconds he lost to Hamilton in the second stops but felt the Scuderia could not have done any more.

Vettel was the first driver to stop for a slight issue with his front tyre delaying him only fractionally.

"And then at the end, I used everything I had left when I jumped into my team and my heart rate hit the ceiling".