Verstappen takes F1 lead with Spain win, suffering for Leclerc

Max Versatapen Spanish Grand Prix F1

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, ​​Spain – May 22, 2022 Red Bull crosses the line via REUTERS / Manu Fernandez to win the Max Verstappen race pool

Barcelona-Formula One world champion Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix in a Red Bull One-Two on Sunday and took the top spot from Ferrari’s unfortunate Charles Leclerc, who retired due to engine failure while leading.

Mexican Sergio Perez finished a responsible second, 13 seconds behind but with the consolation of bonus points for the fastest lap, his teammates were asked to pass for the third consecutive victory after Emola and Miami.

The 24-year-old Dutch driver has now won four out of six races, six points away from Leclerc – which he finished.

“A tough start, but a good ending,” was how Versatapen summed up a baking afternoon where, in a sudden gust of wind, he flew into the gravel and wrestled with a defective rear wing.

Britain’s George Russell finished third for a revived Mercedes and after a thrilling display of defensive driving early with Verstappen when they fought for second place behind Leclerc.

Ferrari’s Carlos Senz was fourth, after a slow start to the fight and a spin on the pebbles, but it was a rare reward for a team that had upgraded to try the Red Bull.

Leclerc was leading comfortably from the pole position but fell into his retirement pit due to a sudden loss of power before the halfway mark.

“No, no, no! Lost the power,” the Ferrari driver shouted on the radio, saying that the seemingly certain victory had been taken away from him by engine failure.

The Monegasque capacity Circuit de Catalunya rocked the crowd but could see its 19-point advantage evaporate since then.

“I have no clue before. It’s just broken and completely lost power, “he told Sky Sports Television.

Worstappen also had occasional problems with his car’s drag reduction system (DRS), which caused a lot of cursing on the radio, and he died at eight when he was four years old.

“I left when I had a lot of tailwind and lost the back. My DRS wasn’t always working. It made it very difficult but we were able to use the strategy to move forward, “he said.

“I tried to stay focused. This kind of thing happens when it’s not good. I am very happy to win and happy for Chekor (Perez). That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was fifth for Mercedes and dropped to 19th after colliding with Kevin Magnusen’s smile in the opening lap.

Mercedes was passed to the closing lap from Seng after warning of a potential terminal cooling problem.

“Such a race is like a victory. “It’s actually better than winning when you’re so far behind and come through so many adversities,” Hamilton said.

Alfa Romeo’s Valteri Botas was sixth, Alpine’s Esteban Oakon and McLaren’s Lando Norris were eighth.

Norris later revealed that he was suffering from tonsillitis and said it was “one of the hardest races I’ve ever done.”

Spain’s two-time world champion Fernando Alonso finished ninth behind his home fans after starting behind the grid and Alfatouri’s Yuki Sunoda collected the final points.

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