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Lewis Hamilton wins his sixth Spanish Grand Prix chasing down Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo climbs to sixth

Lewis Hamilton with the trophy ahead of Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton prolonged his lead within the Method One Drivers’ Championship because of what he labelled a “good gamble” by his Mercedes group as he collected his sixth win within the Spanish Grand Prix. 

Hamilton gained the race by 16 seconds to the Purple Bull of Max Verstappen, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in third and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ending fourth.

It had seemed like Verstappen would lead from the opening flip to race end after he handed pole-sitter Hamilton into the opening flip however a stroke of brilliance from the Mercedes group in pit lane made all of the distinction.

On lap 42 the group pitted Hamilton for a second set of medium tyres, switching to a two-stop technique, believing on recent rubber he may chase down the 23-second hole to Verstappen.

And he did. Launched again onto the monitor in third place he rapidly hunted down teammate Valtteri Bottas and after slight resistance handed him.

With seven laps to go he was then inside one second of the Dutchman and made the transfer for the lead previous Verstappen into flip one on lap 60 as he took the skin line previous Verstappen, whose tyres had been struggling for grip.

“It was a protracted method to come again from 20-odd seconds again, nevertheless it was a very good gamble. Actually nice technique by the group,” Hamilton mentioned.

“I do know from expertise {that a} one cease could be very, very laborious to tug off.

Verstappen seemingly knew his lead would by no means final, having flagged that his tyres had been struggling on lap 48 over the group radio.

“It is unimaginable to maintain them behind,” Verstappen mentioned.

Mercedes have a good time as their driver Lewis Hamilton wins the Spanish Grand Prix.(

Reuters: Albert Gea

)

It seemed like Verstappen’s day early

It had been a daring drive from Verstappen early on. He received the soar off the road and was side-by-side with the Hamilton into the primary flip.

The Dutchman had the within line and bravely threw his automotive into the nook, forcing Hamilton off the monitor.

The Purple Bull driver had a one-and-a-half second lead by the top of the primary lap and maintained that by way of the opening laps, crucially staying out of DRS vary.

However the discipline was bunched up when the security automotive got here out on lap 9 following the AlphaTauri automotive of Yuki Tsunoda stopping mid lap.

It was the top of a horror weekend for the Japanese driver, who courted controversy throughout qualifying with some destructive feedback about his group.

Verstappen was good off the restart getting a niche between him and the Mercedes, guaranteeing he could be unchallenged into the primary activate lap 11.

The Dutchman was once more in a position to stretch his lead past DRS vary, gaining most of his time within the second and third sectors.

And there he would keep regardless of Hamilton steadily gaining on him and several other instances getting inside half-a-second of the race chief earlier than the final word technique transfer proved decisive in turning the race on its head and seeing Hamilton as soon as once more triumphant in Spain.

Ricciardo’s ‘finest weekend’ this 12 months

Daniel Ricciardo drives in Spain
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo achieved sixth place on the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Pool by way of Reuters: Nacho Doce

)

Ricciardo recorded his equal finest end result as a McLaren driver as a very good begin moved him as much as fifth earlier than he finally succumbed to the tempo of the Purple Bull of Sergio Perez late within the race.

Total it was essentially the most comfy the Australian driver has seemed this season, with commentator Martin Brundle describing Sunday’s efficiency as Ricciardo’s “finest day” but this 12 months.

It was an evaluation Ricciardo agreed with.

“Clearly, we did not have the tempo as we speak, nevertheless it was good to carry off a sooner automotive and simply put a greater weekend collectively,” he mentioned.

Starting the race in seventh, Ricciardo made the a lot of the 600m journey all the way down to the primary nook and made up two locations.

Staying out for a protracted stint on his opening set of tyres he saved the place and was in a position to develop his benefit over Perez after the pit cease section, with a number of seconds and a automotive between the 2.

However the brand new tyres suited the Purple Bull, with Perez in a position to shut the hole to the Australian and get inside DRS vary, attempting to make a transfer on the finish of lap 33.

Ricciardo was warned by race management for weaving throughout the monitor after defending from Perez into flip one on lap 40.

Perez last received the higher of the McLaren driver on lap 46, braking later than Ricciardo and taking him on the skin of flip one in a superb go

Ricciardo pitted on the finish of the following lap, placing on the sooner soft-compound for the ultimate 18 laps and dropping to eighth.

However with brisker tyres he was simply in a position to reclaim these positions, together with a go on Norris earlier than he held off the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz within the last laps.

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