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Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix this Sunday ahead of his great rival, Max Verstappen (Red Bull), at the Catalunya circuit in Montmeló.

The British consolidate, with his victory, in the leadership of the World Cup, raising his advantage over the Dutch from 8 to 14 points.

In pole position but overtaken by Verstappen in the first corner, Hamilton finally took the victory, thanks to the good timing of his pit stops, which allowed him to get back on the Red Bull driver with seven laps to go on cooler tires and overtake him on his first attempt.

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Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) completed the podium in the fourth round of the season at the Catalunya circuit in Montmeló, while the best lap point went to Verstappen.

The Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) remained at the foot of the podium followed by the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), the Spanish Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) and the British Lando Norris (McLaren).

The two Frenchmen Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) close the list of the top ten, despite the fact that Gasly was penalized 5 seconds for being too early on the starting grid.

Ocon’s Spanish teammate, Fernando Alonso, could only be 17th.

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Unusual image, the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) had to stop in the pits at the start of the race because one of his new tires was flat and unusable.

This Grand Prix was played before 1,000 spectators, marking the lifting of the state of alarm that had been in force in Spain since October to fight the pandemic on the night of Saturday to Sunday.

This season, some spectators vaccinated or cured of COVID-19 were present at the inaugural Bahrain GP on March 28.

The next test will take place in Monaco on May 20, 22 and 23 with 7,500 people. (AFP) (GG)

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