Mercedes master plan helps Hamilton  out-fox Red Bull: 2021 Spanish Grand Prix race report

2021 Spanish Grand Prix

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.

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Catalunya

Country

Spain

Location

Montmelo, Catalunya

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.905 (Miles)

Record

Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB16B-Honda), 1m18.149, 136.277 mph, F1, 2021

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