Lewis Hamilton continues to dominate with an iron fist the championship of Formula 1. The British, this year with the competition of Max Verstappen, proves to be the strongest, most talented driver who knows how to read the races best. In a perfect management with a change of strategy included, he took the victory in the circuit of Montmeló ahead of the Dutch. Valtteri Bottas accompanies them on the podium.
As for the Spanish drivers, a day of great anticipation and, in the end, a disappointing race. Carlos Sainz finished seventh on a day with little movement, while Fernando Alonso, which ran out of tires in the last laps and had to enter to avoid fainting, fell to the tail of the grid and finished in a painful 17th position.
Complicated career that has been lived in Barcelona on a circuit like Montmeló where overtaking is a chimera. However, the pit stops of many drivers who decided to change strategy and go to two stops turned the end into a real dance of positions. Mercedes and Hamilton were the most graceful while Alpine and Fernando Alonso, the main losers.
The British pilot took the jack to the water in a heart attack final in which he was able to overcome Max Verstappen to consolidate himself as leader of the classification. The race was not easy for the Briton as after having achieved his 100th pole position this Saturday, he did not make a good start and gave up the position with Max Verstappen, something that also happened to Valtteri Bottas, who fell to fourth place in favor of Leclerc.
It did not go well either Carlos Sainz who together with Ocon they asked for two positions in the first curves. For his part, Fernando Alonso pulled chevrons to get the position of Lance Stroll, with whom they were stiff throughout the Big prize. After those first battles came a little haven of peace in a race that expected little movement on the track. On lap 8, Tsunoda commissioned to give you some excitement. His Alpha Tauri said enough and it was necessary that the Safety Car off track as the Japanese car was stopped in the middle of a curve. At the restart, Stroll took advantage of a mistake by Fernando to pass him and get him out of the points.
The pit dance
From there, the excitement moved to pit lane. Fernando Alonso was one of the first to stop to protect himself from Sebastian Vettel. The German had a bad first stop and came out well behind the Asturian. Who did not have a good first stop was Carlos Sainz, who ended up losing the position to Esteban Ocon. Everything was tremendously even and everyone wanted to launch attacks to gain positions. Hamilton tried it with Verstappen, but the Dutchman, despite having problems, managed to stay ahead of the test, although he did not know what was coming. For his part, Bottas easily got rid of Leclerc and secured the two Mercedes on the podium.
After the first storm, everything remained relatively calm until the famous change of strategy led by the Aston Martin and the Mercedes. Before, Fernando Alonso complained of major problems in his Alpine, but he was able to finish the race, although not with a good feeling. On lap 40, with 26 to go, Stroll entered to make his second stop and gave tenth place to the Spaniard. It was just pure strategy.
Hamilton saw perfectly the Canadian’s offense and decided to copy it by going short on tires and also made his stop three laps later, he to attack Verstappen in the final stretch with less used tires. In the middle zone there were also some movements such as the passing of Pérez a Ricciardo with a fantastic exterior to take fifth. After that, more stops arrived, among them that of the Australian who was looking to defend himself from Carlos. The two stopped and the two left without major complications and without changing positions, although they took advantage of the weakness of a Norris just enough tires to pass him, something that also happened to Ocon who could only be ninth.
Ahead, Hamilton consummated his strategy and passed Verstappen with ease with six laps to go. Without a battle and without a doubt, the British did not give a choice and left alone for victory. Behind, Fernando began to fall positions being overtaken by the two Aston Martin, by Gasly and by Raikkonen and finally he decided to enter to change tires and put the soft ones with which he was able to roll three laps that give him tests and experiences, despite finishing seventeenth.
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