I’m eating my words a bit on this one.
Mercedes roared to victory today in Spain, with King Lewis Hamilton taking first place on the podium ahead of his teammate, the underrated Valtteri Bottas, who took second place. The big surprise was that Mad Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing took third place! Red Bull’s season was off to a very poor start this year, as they didn’t make a podium until Daniel Ricciardo (who finished 5th this weekend) took first place in China last month. Their performance this weekend was a far cry from their dual DNFs in Bahrain and Baku, and hopefully their momentum doesn’t stop in Spain.
It wasn’t sunshine and rainbows for everyone, though. Romain Grosjean spun on the first lap, taking out Niko Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly.
In addition to that, Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari struggled with his tires all during the race, until he was out with engine failure on lap 25. Sebastian Vettel, the other half of the Ferrari team, found himself under massive pressure from the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Bottas, and only managed to place 4th.
Mad Max didn’t make it out completely unscathed, either. He made contact with Lance Stroll of Williams, which resulted in heavy front wing damage to Verstappen’s car. This didn’t stop him, however, as he took 3rd place in the race, gracing the despairing Red Bull team with its second podium finish this season. Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner is hopeful that the podium this weekend could jump-start Max’s season, but the trickiest race of the season is coming up in two weeks in Monaco.
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes seems to have finally found his stride, as he took home his second consecutive first place finish this year, and third overall.
He sat pretty for the majority of the race, as he finished a massive 20 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who finished second. This places Hamilton at 95 points, a healthy 17 points ahead of his closest competition, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. Bottas is 20 points behind Vettel, but with Mercedes drivers taking first and third in the overall standings, their hopes for a drivers championship as well as a constructors championship remain not only intact, but hopeful.
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