Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand PrixMay 9, 2021
The race turned out to be very tense – it was felt in the radio communications between the Mercedes and Red Bull teams with their leaders.
On Sunday, May 9, the fourth stage of the season in the Formula 1 class took place. The race took place in Spain. At the start, Max Verstappen managed to pass Lewis Hamilton and became the leader of the race. Charles Leclair overtook Valleteri Bottas for 3rd place.
Due to the departure of Yuki Tsunoda, a safety car appeared on the track, as a result, the gap between the two leaders came to naught. There were no strong changes in the peloton – we note the loss of one position by Esteban Okon, as well as Lance Stroll, who passed Fernando Alonso and entered the TOP-10. At the pit stop, the Red Bull mechanics made a mistake – it took 4.2 seconds to change the wheels.
But in “Mercedes” they did not invite Lewis to the pits – Hamilton drove several laps and after the arrival to the mechanics was 6 seconds behind Verstappen. However, Red Bull worked worse than Mercedes on medium, and Hamilton caught up with Verstappen in a few laps. The maximum tension came when Lewis Hamilton unexpectedly turned to the mechanics for a second pit stop for new tires. The Red Bull decided not to invite Verstappen into the pits, and the Briton rushed into a swift pursuit.
With 6 laps to go, Hamilton overtook Verstappen and is now 14 points ahead of him overall.
Verstappen was able to earn an extra point for the best lap. Valtteri Bottas closed the TOP-3 in a Mercedes, which was once again in its league – did not fight with the leaders, but confidently passed other rivals. One of the heroes of the race was Charles Leclair in Ferrari, who finished in fourth place – it was difficult to expect a better result without the leaders leaving. Sergio Perez won back a couple of positions and finished fifth, despite not being the cleanest race.
Daniel Riccardo led his McLaren to the finish line in sixth place, holding off Carlos Sainz at the Ferrari. The eighth position was taken by Lando Norris, who brought McLaren 2 points. Esteban Ocon from Alpines had another good race and finished ninth – the Frenchman once again beat the eminent team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was experiencing problems in the last laps. For the tenth position in the last laps a very sharp struggle unfolded, in which Pierre Gasly won.
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