Things didn’t go smoothly for Verstappen either, who was initially thrown into the gravel bed by a turn-eight storm (like Carlos Sainz before him) and who also had to contend with DRS issues. In the end, the 24-year-old Dutchman celebrated his 24th win, thanks to a stable system also, and now has 110 points ahead of Leclerc, who will return as hunter next Sunday (3pm, live on ORF1) at his home GP start in Monaco.
“It was very difficult for me. I took off because I got a tailwind, and the DRS didn’t always work either. But I just tried to stay focused. We had a good strategy and drove a strong race. A tough Grand Prix with a perfect finish. In the end, I’m Really happy,” Verstappen said after his fourth win in his sixth race of the season.
Verstappen wins the Spanish Grand Prix
The Dutchman celebrated his 24th victory in Spain.
Leclerc checkout after blemish
Leclerc was ahead in all practice and in qualifying and everything was under control in the race before technical problems with the drive unit on lap 27 prevented him from taking his third win of the season. “There was no warning, and the power was suddenly lost,” Leclerc explained in an interview with ORF. “It’s a shame, the race was under control. It hurts more, but it can happen. What exactly, we have to analyze. Now I’m looking forward to racing at home in Monaco. We will come back stronger.”
Championship leader Leclerc has been eliminated
Monegasque had to stop his car after problems with the power unit.
Mexican Perez captured his fans in Spain. “I’m very happy with the support here. It was a close race, and in the end tactics were crucial. It’s a good result for the team, but we’ll talk about it later,” said Perez, who introduced himself as a team player, but previously said over the radio. The end.” I gave it all, the team did a great job. I’m glad I can stand here now. The Briton said after the race.
Happy ending to Verstappen
Verstappen didn’t look like a winner at first. After a run on lap nine, Verstappen was stuck behind Russell’s Mercedes for a long time and had issues with the DRS, which could not open properly. “We can’t even run the damn DRS. Unbelievable!” he scolded the world champion in the car, while Leclerc flew unobtrusively up front. Russell fended off Verstappen’s attempts to overtake brilliantly. After Leclerc retired, Verstappen changed his strategy and chose new tires for the second time.
Verstappen has DRS problems
The world champion came!
The duel for the fore was now between Russell and Perez. On lap 31, Perez overtook Briton at the end of the start/finish straight, for which new tires were later fitted. After another change to the average, Verstappen was back on the track just behind Perez. The Mexican was told over the radio not to defend himself against his teammate. On lap 49, the stable standings was completed, Verstappen took the lead. Then Perez got new soft tires to look for the fastest lap, because his second place was no longer in danger.
The fifth Hamilton after the collision
Fourth place went to local champion Sainz. Fifth was Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes after catching up with almost full-back. After a reckless procedure by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, the vice world champion had to look for new tires on the first lap. Magnussen escaped without penalty. Because of a faulty cooling system, Hamilton was forced to let Sainz through at the end.
Hamilton tire damage
The world champion runner-up suffered tire problems after his collision.
Valtteri Bottas was happy to finish sixth in Alfa Romeo, followed by Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine), Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren), Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine) and Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri). Mick Schumacher (14) was again without points in Haas, although the German was sixth after the start.
Fans criticize the organization
Off the track, fans criticized the poor organization. On Saturday and Sunday, social media reported hours of waiting on arrival and departure, insufficient supplies of food and drink when it was too hot, and general frustration in Montmelo near Barcelona.
According to reports, some spectators needed up to five hours for the nearly 30-kilometre journey from the circuit to Barcelona after qualifying on Saturday. The biggest difficulty was apparently leaving the area around Barcelona-Catalunya at all. Traffic was rarely regulated by the hosts and the police, which turned out to be a huge mistake with about 100,000 spectators per day. Shortly before the start of the race, Formula 1 gave the official number of spectators at 278,000.