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Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix: Mercedes’ brilliant ploy helps Lewis Hamilton to 98th career win

The win came after a brilliant strategy by his team Mercedes that caught his rival Max Verstappen off-guard.

Formula 1 (File Photo) Source: Xinhua

New Delhi: Lewis Hamilton won his third race of the 2021 Formula 1 season on Sunday (May 9) at the Spanish Grand Prix (GP) held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The win came after a brilliant strategy by his team Mercedes that caught his rival Max Verstappen off-guard. This was Hamilton’s 98th win in F1 and the 59th time that he had won from pole position.

Earlier in the day, Verstappen started the race brilliantly as he overtook Hamilton on the first corner and established a solid lead. His lead was however shortened after Yuki Tsunoda spun and brought the safety car out.

At the restart Hamilton started to get close to the Dutchman which prompted Red Bull to bring Verstappen in the pits on Lap 25. His pit stop was terrible as it took the team 4.2 seconds to change his tires.

Hamilton came in five laps later and changed to medium compound tires.

Elsewhere on the field, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was having a brilliant race as he was managing to hold off Hamilton’s tea mate Valtteri Bottas quite convincingly.

However, the moment of the race arrived in Lap 42 as Hamilton pitted again for a fresh set of tires. This left him 22 seconds behind Verstappen but Mercedes were confident that fresh tires and Hamilton’s talent would see him erase out the deficit before the end of the race.

Red Bull were caught napping but they opted to keep Verstappen out as a gamble that didn’t pay off. Hamilton immediately began cutting off into Verstappen’s lead after the second pit stop.

And on Lap 61, the Brit overtook his rival. With Bottas more than 29 seconds behind in third, Verstappen pitted for fresh tires in hopes of getting one additional point for the fastest lap of the race which he ultimately got.

However, the day would belong to Hamilton who crossed the line to extend his lead to the top of the drivers world championship by 14 points at the top.

Race standings

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  • 1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 3 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  • 4 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • 5 Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  • 6 Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
  • 7 Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  • 8 Lando Norris (McLaren)
  • 9 Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  • 10 Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
  • 11. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  • 12. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
  • 13. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
  • 14. George Russell (Williams)
  • 15. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
  • 16. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
  • 17. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
  • 18. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
  • 19. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
  • DNF – Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)
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