Max Verstappen Triumphs at Spanish Grand Prix
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen stands during practice for the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Max Verstappen wins 40th F1 victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, further extending his lead in the championships.

The Red Bull driver cruised into his third win in a row, the fifth one in seven races, taking control of the season. He was followed in second place by Lewis Hamilton and in third by George Russel in what was an encouraging turnout for the beleaguered Mercedes team.

Carlos Sainz finished fifth, losing fourth place to Sergio Perez in the closing stages of the game.

On the other hand, [[Fernando Alonso] surged from the 10th spot after his final pit, passing three drivers to make it to seventh at the flag.

He would have easily taken sixth, surpassing teammate Lance Stroll but held back and even said on the radio that there was ‘no risk’ of him overtaking Stroll.

From his very first lap, Verstappen was clearly the favorite to win the whole thing. It became even more certain when Sainz conceded his lead to the Dutchman.

Unlike most of the other cars on the track, Red Bull chose medium tires for both of their cars, giving them a choice between a one-stop or a two-stop strategy.

The only thing that proved concerning for Verstappen was that he was given the black and white flag thrice for exceeding track limits.

“It’s a big pleasure to drive with a car like this and it showed again today,” said Verstappen. “We had quite a lot of different tire strategies today.”

“I knew the start was going to be a bit tricky going into Turn One but luckily nothing happened.”

“We had another strong weekend and that’s what I like to see for myself in the weekend and hopefully we keep that up for the year.”

Hamilton for his part, happily celebrated his 193rd career podium. There was also much room for celebration as the team finally looks like they were pulling away from the problems they had in the last two seasons.

“What a result for our team, we definitely didn’t expect the result we had today,” said Hamilton.

“Hats off to my team, a big thank you to the team back at the factory to continue to push and bring us a bit close to the Red Bulls. They’re still a bit ahead.”

“One step at a time, if we can get close to them by the end of the year; that will be awesome, if not then next year.”

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