Lewis Hamilton acts on his 100th pole position to take the victory at the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.
Max Verstappen snatched first position away from Hamilton in the first turn of lap one. From then on, the Red Bull and Mercedes were wing to rear as the nail-biting battle commenced.
After Yuki Tunoda’s early retirement due to loss of power forced a safety car, Hamilton had the perfect opportunity to claw back his first place position. Verstappen left the restart late and after breaking the tow of the field behind him, managed to hold on to the top spot.
It was a gamble between Red Bull and Mercedes as to who found the gap to pit first. It was Verstappen who pitted first on lap 24 but suffered a slow exchange of tyres lasting 4.2s which gave Hamilton a two-second advantage.
Mercedes played the long game and pitted Hamilton on lap 29 and continued to commit to a two-stop strategy. After laps of giving chase, Verstappen was left in the shadows of the Mercedes as Hamilton soared to his 98th victory.
The race did not go as well for everyone as it did for Mercedes as Pierre Gasly took a 5 second penalty for starting out of the boundaries of his grid box.
With Tsunoda out of the race, things weren’t looking up for Alpha Tauri but Gasly managed to climb his way up the midfield DRS train to salvage the last spot in the points.
Charles Leclerc had another clean race and finished in fourth followed by the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.
For the first time this season, Daniel Ricciardo placed above his teammate Lando Norris who had a tough weekend overall. Separating the two Mclarens was the recently departed McLaren driver Carlos Sainz.
A tough day for The Alpines as Fernando Alonso fell from 10th position on the grid to finishing 17th. Esteban Ocon also fell a disappointing 4 places from the grid but managed to cling on to ninth place to bring home some points for Alpine.