Lewis Hamilton overtakes Max Verstappen for brilliant victory after late pay-off charge – fr

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Lewis Hamilton overtakes Max Verstappen for brilliant victory after late pay-off charge – fr




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Lewis Hamilton overtakes championship rival Max Verstappen to take Spanish Grand Prix lead with six laps to go

Lewis Hamilton overtakes championship rival Max Verstappen to take Spanish Grand Prix lead with six laps to go

Lewis Hamilton picked up a brilliant victory over Max Verstappen in the Spanish GP after overtaking rivals Red Bull in the final laps at Barcelona to extend his world title lead.

Overtaken in the first corner of the race by Verstappen, Hamilton and Mercedes had their work cut out for a fifth straight win on a Spanish circuit that is notoriously difficult to overtake – and the team therefore rolled the strategy dice with a second pit stop for new tires to try and set up a grandstand finish.

Their seven-time world champion did the rest.

Hamilton returned to the track 22 seconds behind, but was relentless in his pursuit and, catching Verstappen with the advantage of new tires, passed Red Bull in the first corner with six laps to go.

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Verstappen was the first race leader of the Spanish Grand Prix after overtaking Hamilton in the first corner.

Verstappen was the first race leader of the Spanish Grand Prix after overtaking Hamilton in the first corner.

“It was the power of Mercedes and the brilliance of Lewis Hamilton’s suit – and they caught Red Bull off guard,” said Martin Brundle of Sky F1.

For Hamilton, it was a fifth straight victory, a record, at the same location, a third in four races this season and a monumental 98th in his extraordinary career.

He also extends his title lead over Verstappen to 14 points.

Valtteri Bottas took third place in the second Mercedes after losing early ground when he fell behind Charles Leclerc of Ferrari.

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Leclerc took an impressive fourth place with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez fifth after his qualifying fight, and Daniel Ricciardo taking his best result for McLaren so far with sixth.

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Spanish GP result
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
3) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
6) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
7) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
8) Lando Norris, McLaren
9) Esteban Ocon, alpin
10) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

Complete race result

History repeats itself for Hamilton vs Verstappen

Over the past eight seasons in which they have enjoyed unparalleled success in F1, the Hamilton-Mercedes combination has consistently found different ways to win – and their latest triumph has come from this glittering playbook.

The comparisons were immediately drawn to Hungary 2019 when Verstappen held the top spot on a circuit where overtaking is also a formidable challenge without a big advantage on the tires. On this occasion, Mercedes pitted Hamilton a second time to set up a late charge and he came back running for the victory.

Two years later, history repeated itself.

“I was hunting. I was so close for so long and I didn’t think I was going to be able to make the tires last, ”said Hamilton. “But I just succeeded. It was a long way to come back twenty seconds or so, but it was a good bet, a very good strategy on the part of the team. “

Having been overtaken at the start, Hamilton always kept Verstappen under 1.5 seconds before the first stops, and then again afterwards before Mercedes bet on the extra stop.

“I was just about to have a chance to pass him before I oppose at the end and I was really in conflict,” added Hamilton. “Do I come in or ignore the call and stay away?” Obviously, I did what the team asked and that’s naturally because there is a lot of trust between us.

“Just an amazing job from everyone on this team. What a day. “

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