5 Favorites For Sunday’s Emirates Grand Prix of Spain (9 a.m. ET/ESPN 2)

After a week off, the Formula One stars get back going this weekend in Spain. Sunday’s Emirates Grand Prix of Spain (9 a.m. ET/ESPN 2) will mark the fifth race of the 2018 season. So far, we’ve seen three winners in the first four races, all consecutively too.

Will we see a fourth straight different winner on Sunday?

Here are five favorites. 

Lewis Hamilton

He admitted that he stole a win, his first in six races, in a wild race at Baku last time out. Can the new points leader get a second consecutive race win on Sunday? Hamilton, has six career podiums in Catalunya, three of which in the last four years. He won in 2014 and again last year.

His No. 44 Mercedes should contend again this weekend.

Hamilton, was second and first respectively in Friday’s practice and qualified on the pole.

Valtteri Bottas

He was a mere four laps away from winning his first race of the 2018 season. Instead, the flying Fin hit debris while leading and finished 14th. Now, he has his sights set on a win this weekend in Spain. Bottas, had two straight runner-up finishes heading into Baku but has never finished on the podium in Spain. He does have three top five finishes in his last four starts there though.

He will roll off second.

Sebastian Vettel

He should have came away at the very least second in Baku, instead a rare mistake dropped him outside of the top five. Now, Vettel looks to regroup in Spain, a track he has three straight podiums at and five straight top four finishes. He was runner-up to Hamilton last season on the 2.892-mile track and eyeing a third win of 2018 now.

Vettel, qualified third and was third and fourth respectively in practice.

Kimi Raikkonen

He’s been playing second fiddle for Vettel all year, but the speed in his car is actually better though. Raikkonen finished second in Azerbaijan and is looking to win for a third career time in Spain on Sunday. Since 2012, he has three podiums in the Spanish Grand Prix, including a runner-up in 2016.

He starts fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo

The drama is there for Red Bull as both drivers should have came away with dual top five’s in Baku. Instead, they wrecked each other. Now, can they make up for it? Ricciardo, finished on the podium in Spain last year with a third place run. He was fourth the year prior. Does he have enough though to contend for a win?

 

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