Lewis Hamilton wins the Spanish Grand Prix after a fantastic battle with Max Verstappen


Lewis Hamilton wins the Spanish Grand Prix at the Montmelò circuit in Catalonia after a fantastic battle with Max Verstappen. The leadership of the Formula One World Championship remains in the hands of the reigning champion but, once again, the Red Bull driver is confirmed as tough to win the world title. Note of merit to Ferrari who, in particular with Leclerc, led a super race up to almost the podium. Ferrari did well, with Leclerc 4th and Sainz 7th. Immediately outside Tsunoda for a problem at the Alpha Tauri. The World Cup returns to Monaco in two weeks

The race lives on on Verstappen overtaking Lewis Hamilton in braking immediately after the start. The strategy of the Red Bull driver who lets the opponent sprint forward, preserve the tires and then start hammering by increasing the pace of the laps. On lap 42, the gap between the two drivers is 0.881. Shortly after Hamilton decides to return to the pits and change the tires. Mount the yellow again, try everything for everything. At this pace it reaches you on the last lap is the message from the radio team in Verstappen. On lap 60 Hamilton approaches Verstappen. It’s on him, a matter of tenths. If he makes them enough and shortly after he places the decisive thrust.

Hamilton: “I’m great, hard work pays off”

Recovery victory for Lewis Hamilton who confirms himself as the number one of the circus, good at making the most of the two pit stops managing to overtake Max Verstappen’s Red Bull in the final laps: The hard work is paying off, the start was at the limit because there was a lot of dirt on the right and Red Bull started well. I thought I had to make the tires last to attack, then I had to recover a lot after the break.

Nice to see the fans, I feel great after this race. The strategy helped me, it wasn’t what I expected but we knew we could make two stops. Once I realized I had the pace I was in conflict with myself on the second stop, but I knew from experience that it was difficult to go to the end with just one pit stop the words of the seven times world champion.

Disappointment for Max Verstappen, second at the finish line at the end of a race that could have given him success: In some ways I was expecting this final, when I put the medium I realized I could not do more because then Hamilton made another stop . There I realized it was over, each lap was getting closer and closer. Today they had more pace than us, if we had made another stop I don’t know if we could have taken them, I gave my best ».

Leclerc is fourth: “Perfect race without flaws”

A vanished podium in Barcelona for Charles Leclerc, who from the first to the last lap of the Spanish GP hoped and fought tightly to win third place. The Monegasque is fourth at the finish, but for him a super performance that bodes well for the Monte Carlo GP: We had the perfect race, there were no mistakes and the strategy was perfect. At the start I saw the opportunity to overtake Bottas on the left and it went well.

With the medium I had a good pace, I managed and I honestly say that I hoped to get on the podium. I was given Ricciardo’s times, but I only wanted to know Bottas’s. I tried, I didn’t succeed but I’m happy all the same. I have improved compared to the past, I continue to work and I hope for the podium- explained the Monegasque-. Despite no podium finishes, this year we are in better shape than last season when we have sometimes collected lucky results. Monk? We will try to conquer the podium.

Different mood, despite the seventh place, for Carlos Sainz

The Castilian driver in fact said he was disappointed about the bad start that made him lose two positions right from the start: The start was not good, I could have done something more but I felt I had lost something. The car was easy to drive today, it performed well and we could do well. There is still a bit of speed on the straight, if you make a bad start there is no way to catch up. I have to improve the starts, the pits and today’s strategies were perfect. The car was well balanced, we were strong and we could have done top 5. We hope to be so fast in Monaco too, Sainz’s words.


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