Formula 1: Verstappen benefits from Leclerc drama

Fourth win of the season for Max Verstappen, the third in a row and the second one-two of the year for Red Bull. The world champion wins the Spanish GP in Barcelona ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez and George Russell (Mercedes). Verstappen takes over the lead in the world championship from Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

It doesn’t look so good for the Red Bull star at first. After slipping into the gravel bed, he has to deal with a defective DRS system and George Russell. Because there’s no getting past the heavily defending Brit on the route, the strategy has to take care of it. With better tactics and a faster Red Bull, Verstappen takes Russell by surprise.

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The lead is then given to him by team-mate Sergio Perez, who is using a different strategy and previously knocked Russell down on the track with fresh tyres. “Thanks, buddy,” Verstappen thanks dutifully via radio.
The double Red Bull success was only made possible by a drama about Ferrari star Leclerc: After a perfect start from pole position, Monegasque confidently leads the race and races towards victory. Until in lap 27 the drive goes on strike. “Oh no, no power!” He radios and sneaks into the pits with his red racer. Ferrari then announced that he had to retire due to an unidentified engine problem. Explosive: Zhou Guanyou also has to park his Alfa Romeo Ferrari with a defect in the engine area.

Leclerc had to retire due to an unidentified engine problem.

“It came out of nowhere,” reveals Leclerc. “I don’t think it was a heat issue because Miami was even hotter. That was a pity. We had put the main focus on tire management and there were also many positive things this weekend.” The Ferrari star has now also had to accept his first zero. World Cup rival Verstappen has already had to cope with two failures.

At Mercedes, meanwhile, things continue to improve. Lewis Hamilton clashes with Kevin Magnussen (Haas) shortly after the start and loses a lot of time because of a flat tire. Nevertheless, he can fight his way back to fifth place. In the meantime, the seven-time champion even wants to give up and suggests that his team take it easy on the engine. It is rejected and Hamilton races into the points. With two laps to go, he was even fourth thanks to a powerful overtaking maneuver on Carlos Sainz (Ferrari). Due to a defect in the cooling circuit, he has to let the Ferrari pass again for safety reasons.

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Things are not going as smoothly as desired for the two Germans: Mick Schumacher was able to move up to sixth place at the start, but was then gradually passed back and ended up in 13th place. Both Haas are struggling with tire problems and the extremely high temperatures.
In front of Mick Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel is eleventh in the renewed Aston Martin. This time the overtaking maneuver on his German buddy just before the end goes well.

Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

1. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull 1:37:20.475 hours
2. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +13.072s
3. George Russell (Great Britain) – Mercedes +32.927
4. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) – Ferrari +45.208
5. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes +54.534
6. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Alfa Romeo +59.976
7. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine +1:15.397 min.
8. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +1:23.235
9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine + 1 lap.
10. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +1 lap;
11. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin + 1 lap.
12. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren + 1 lap.
13. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri +1 lap.
14. Mick Schumacher (Gland/Switzerland) – Haas + 1 lap.
15. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin +1 lap.
16. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams + 2 laps
17. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) – Haas + 2 laps
18. Alexander Albon (Thailand) – Williams + 2 laps

Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari (28th lap)
Zhou Guanyu (China) – Alfa Romeo (29th lap)

Driver Rating
Standing after 6 of 22 races

1. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull 110 pts.
2. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari 104
3. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull 85
4. George Russell (Great Britain) – Mercedes 74
5. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) – Ferrari 65
6. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes 46
7. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren 39
8. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Alfa Romeo 38
9. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine 30
10. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) – Haas 15
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren 11
12. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri 11
13. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri 6
14. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin 4
15. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine 4
16. Alexander Albon (Thailand) – Williams 3
17. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin 2nd
18. Zhou Guanyu (China) – Alfa Romeo 1st

Constructor Score

1. Red Bull 195 pts.
2.Ferrari 169
3.Mercedes 120
4. McLaren 50
5. Alfa Romeo 39
6.Alpine 34
7. Alpha Tauri 17
8. Hass 15
9. Aston Martin 6
10.Williams 3

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