2021 Spanish Grand Prix
- Sunday, May 9, 2021
- Aramco Gran Premio de Espana
- F1 World Championship
Lewis Hamilton's race-winning Spanish GP strategy was decided on long before the lights went out in the race and it caught Red Bull and Max Verstappen napping
If you were watching the Spanish Grand Prix and thinking it was a movie you had seen before, you’d be right.
A Red Bull leading on a track that overtaking is particularly difficult on, and Mercedes opting to put Lewis Hamilton on an alternate strategy with a big gap to close down in the second part of the race. In Hungary 2019, Hamilton cleared Max Verstappen with four laps remaining; it all played out a little bit earlier this time round.
Qualifying had been extremely close as Hamilton took his 100th pole position by 0.036sec, but the margins were even tighter into Turn 1 as Verstappen got the better launch but barely had an inch of his car alongside as the pair hit the brakes for the first corner. It was a crucial moment and in true Verstappen style he was never backing off, throwing the Red Bull to the apex and forcing Hamilton to yield.
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Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB16B-Honda), 1m18.149, 136.277 mph, F1, 2021
First Race1991 Spanish Grand Prix