Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand PrixAugust 16, 2020
After the sixth stage of the season, the Briton’s lead in the overall standings increased to 37 points.
On Sunday, June 16, the sixth stage of the season in the Formula 1 class took place. The race took place in Barcelona, on the legendary Catalonia circuit. The victory in the race was won by the British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who controlled the race from the very start. The start of the race was ruined by Valtteri Bottas, who dropped from second position to fourth, letting Red Bull’s Max Verstappen go ahead and Lance Stroll, who had a great start at Racing Point, behind.
In the future, the race was reduced to a tactical struggle, but there were not so many overtakes on the track. Max Verstappen was the first among the leaders to wear soft tires, after which he went to the pit stop for a new set of tires. A couple of laps later, the mechanics were visited by the Mercedes pilots. Due to a hitch during the Hamilton pit stop, his lead from Verstappen was reduced to 4 seconds, and Bottas was still 1.5 seconds behind. Verstappen went to the second pit stop a few laps earlier, hoping to take advantage of the fresher tires.
However, this was never done – Hamilton confidently kept his pace and won.
Thus, his lead over Verstappen in the overall standings reached 37 points. Valtteri Bottas took third place, earning an additional point for the best lap in the race. The pilots of the Racing Point team, who were in the leading group throughout the race, had a good race. As a result, Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez crossed the finish line in 4th and 5th places respectively. At the same time, Perez lost fourth place due to a 5-second penalty received for ignoring the blue flags when passing Hamilton to the circle.
A number of drivers tried alternative tactics in the race – Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari decided to run the entire race with one pit stop. However, towards the end of the race, the tires on the German driver’s car began to wear out, as a result he finished in 7th position. Despite this, the Spanish Grand Prix was one of the best for Vettel this season. Alex Albon of Red Bull was one of the first to change tires and chose hard tires in order to get them to the finish line. However, this set of tires turned out to be very slow, and soon Albon went to the pits for the average stiffness set. The Red Bull pilot crossed the finish line in 8th place.
Carlos Sainz had a good race in McLaren, who overtook Vettel at the end of the race and took sixth place. Pierre Gasly from Alfa Tauri, who was able to become 9th and earn 2 points in the overall standings, can take the stage in Spain as an asset. Finished TOP-10 Lando Norris from McLaren. After unsuccessful qualification, Renault pilots also tried the tactic with one pit stop and managed to improve their position, but this did not bring any credits.
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