Lewis Hamilton made another huge statement in his quest for an eighth title by claiming victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, making him three wins out of four races in 2021.
Extending his first stint and later making another stop for the new medium tires, Hamilton went from P2 for most of the race to finally a comfortable winner.
For Verstappen it was truly inevitable that he would lose his lead and the victory to Hamilton who caught up with him with much cooler rubber, but Brawn doesn’t see what Red Bull could have done differently on the pit wall to change the result.
“I’m not sure Red Bull could have done anything other than what they did in terms of strategy in Spain,” Brawn wrote in his Spanish Grand Prix column.
“If they had conceded the lap after Lewis’ second stop, they would have conceded the position on the track. Whether or not that meant competition closer to the end of the Grand Prix is only speculation.
“Max did everything right at the start to take the lead in an impressive way. He’s not afraid to fight Lewis. The reality is he knows he’s unlikely to beat Lewis if he’s second at the end of the first round, and that gives him the commitment to go for a 50-50 pass.
“On the other hand, Lewis knows he can beat Max from second in the first round – like he did today – so he doesn’t necessarily take that risk.
“Max won’t let that result reach him, however. It was a very, very good car on his part. His package just wasn’t fast enough. He knows this is his best chance at winning the world title – and will support himself to take victory next time around in Monaco.
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It was a weekend for the history books in Barcelona as Hamilton took pole number 100 of his career, the only driver to come close to this stage.
And Brawn doesn’t think Hamilton has finished stretching his records yet.
“Hats off to Lewis, it was another fantastic weekend where he made even more history by taking his 100th pole position. It’s just an incredible achievement, ”he said.
“He’s so ahead of anyone else in that metric – with Michael Schumacher second best out of 68 – and showing no signs of slowing down. You could see the emotion when he won pole on Saturday. Such a remarkable milestone clearly means a lot to him.
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