Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, to win the Spanish Grand Prix, with a 20 second gap ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
It was a clean start from all of the 20 drivers on the grid. However, Lewis Hamilton managed to get a decent gap from Max Verstappen, Red Bull, and his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, as he flew around the first corner after the lights went out. The six-time world champion managed to keep a hold of the lead as he completed the first lap of the race.
Even though Bottas lost two positions after he was squashed, by Lance Stroll – Racing Point, to the inside line of turn two. On lap five, the Finnish driver was able to regain a position from Stroll on the main straight as he overtook the Canadian while they roared towards turn one.
“Tyres don’t feel amazing”Max Verstappen on lap 12 to Red Bull pit wall
Alexander Albon, Red Bull, was the first driver to pit in for fresh new tyres as the Milton Keynes outfit opted for a one-stop strategy, as they changed his soft compound tyres for the hard compounds.
After he complained for a few laps about his tyres, Verstappen finally managed to box on lap 22 to swap his soft compound tyres for the medium – this indicated a two-stop strategy for Red Bull.
However, in a response to Verstappen’s pit stop, Mercedes double stacked on lap 24 with the race leader, Hamilton, the first to pit. However, with an issue in the stop the defending world champion remained stationary for 4.3s while his Bottas was only still for 3.1s.
Yet, this response didn’t stop the undercut, as the Finnish Mercedes driver ended up behind the leading red bull as he returned to the track.
“These black overalls are ******* hot”Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes pit wall
There was an intense fight between Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, and Lando Norris, McLaren on lap 34 as the Monegasque attempted a move on turn 10 where he nearly made contact with the young British driver’s rear right tyre. However, the rising Ferrari driver couldn’t make it stick and ran wide on the exit of the turn.
Leclerc spun after his engine cut off on lap 37, on the last corner. Futhermore, the young Monegasque managed to get the car restarted but he pitted to retire the following lap.
As 20 laps remained, the Mercedes duo were yet to make a second pit stop while the Red Bull duo had conducted their second pit stops earlier on. Yet, the risk of rain threw the teams strategies into the balance. However, Bottas finally came in for his second stop on lap 49 as he swapped his medium tyres for the soft compound – the same compound he started on.
Sergio Perez, Racing Point, was given a five-second timed penalty by the stewards as they decided he ignored blue flags earlier on in the race. In addition, Daniil Kvyat, Alpha Tauri, was also found to have ignored blue flag conditions as the stewards issued a five-second timed penalty for the Russian driver.
Even though Hamilton led every single lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, his teammate stole the opportunity of a grand slam and placed an impressive time of 1:18.183 on the final lap. This broke the previous lap record which was held by Daniel Ricciardo, who was driving for Red Bull at the time, when he had a time of 1:18.441.
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)