Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line second in his Mercedes to equal his best finish of the season
On Sunday, Max Verstappen, representing Red Bull, claimed victory in the Spanish Grand Prix from the pole position, further solidifying his position as a frontrunner in the Formula One championship. With a commanding performance on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the two-time defending champion faced no significant challenges as he overtook Carlos Sainz of Ferrari in the first turn.
His 40th career win, including his third in Barcelona, leaves Verstappen one win behind the late Ayrton Senna’s total of 41. He also seems well on course to matching Senna’s three world titles. Verstappen set a Red Bull record with 39 wins last weekend at Monaco, breaking Sebastian Vettel’s record of 38.
Max Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, Sergio Pérez, who secured fourth place in the Spanish Grand Prix, has emerged victorious in the other two races of the season thus far. Verstappen has extended his lead over Pérez in the championship standings to 55 points.
Verstappen expressed his delight in driving such an exceptional car and expressed his hope to maintain the team’s performance throughout the year.
Carlos Sainz, driving for Ferrari, settled for fifth place after being overtaken by both Mercedes cars and Pérez’s Red Bull.
Fernando Alonso, the home favorite, disappointed his Spanish fans by finishing in seventh place, his worst result of the season, right behind his teammate Lance Stroll.
As anticipated, the race was largely decided in the short 595-meter stretch from the start line to Turn One, where the superior speed of the Red Bull played a significant role.
Sainz attempted to make a move on Verstappen by starting on a faster, albeit less durable, tire compound compared to the pole-sitter. The two drivers were neck-and-neck after the long opening straight, but Verstappen successfully defended his position and kept the Ferrari behind him.