F1 Spanish Grand Prix: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish GP, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen 2nd- Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Spanish Grand Prix while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen slipped to the second spot while Mercedes’ Charles Leclerc finished in the third spot. Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished fourth and fifth in the Spanish GP.
“First, I want to acknowledge all the fans that are here. It’s great to see. I feel great… the training’s working and paying off. It was a really great strategy by the team. What a day!” Hamilton said post-victory.
FORMULA 1 ARAMCO GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2021
|1 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes||1:33:07.680|
|2 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing||+15.841s|
|3 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes||+26.610s|
|4 Charles LECLERC Ferrari||+54.616s|
|5 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing||+63.671s|
An incredible, tense race-long battle between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton saw Hamilton triumph for his sixth Spanish Grand Prix win, the reigning world champion brilliantly executing a two-stop strategy to claim his third win in four races this season, as Verstappen finished ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.
Verstappen led the majority of the race after brilliantly snatching the lead from Hamilton into Turn 1 at the start, with Red Bull then committing to a one-stop strategy around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as Hamilton opted for two.
But with six laps to go, Hamilton used the superior performance of his newer tyres to pass the Dutchman into Turn 1 and check out for his 98th victory, and fifth straight win at the circuit – Verstappen ultimately deciding to pit for softs once Hamilton was past and go for a consolation fastest lap, which he duly got.
With Hamilton and Verstappen having been in a class of their own in Spain, Bottas came home a distant third after his own race-long battle with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who overcame Ferrari’s 2021 race pace woes to take an excellent fourth, while Red Bull’s Sergio Perez put in a solid recovery drive from P8 on the grid to take fifth.
Earlier, 10th placed Gasly was handed a 5-second penalty for being out of position at the start of the race.
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2021 Driver Standings
|2||NED||RED BULL RACING HONDA||80|
|6||MEX||RED BULL RACING HONDA||32|
|11||CAN||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||5|
|14||FIN||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||0|
|15||ITA||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||0|
|16||GER||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||0|
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