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PremierLeague-News.Com - The reigning world champion now leads the young pretender by 14 points having made his best ever start to a season

Uk News How Mercedes' foresight and a Red Bull error handed Hamilton victory over Verstappen United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The reigning world champion now leads the young pretender by 14 points having made his best ever start to a season

Uk News  How Mercedes' foresight and a Red Bull error handed Hamilton victory over Verstappen United Kingdom news
09 May 2021 - 16:31

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Lewis Hamilton extended his lead over Max Verstappen to 14 points in the World Drivers’ Championship by winning the Spanish Grand Prix for the sixth time.Only Michael Schumacher has that many Spanish race wins to his name in F1 and Hamilton’s pursuit of an eighth world title, a figure that would take him past the German legend, looks in fine fettle after victory in Barcelona.Here are the key moments that gave the British driver his 98th race win.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.An extra mediumF1 drivers of the 1970s and 80s would be horrified by some of the things their modern counterparts have to think about: sustainability, tyre and fuel preservation.Racing in the 21st century is not quite the same as it was, perhaps a little more nuanced, but no less exciting.Mercedes strategised all they could to ensure they had an extra set of usable medium tyres on race day, giving them greater flexibility in the event that they found themselves behind and trying to make moves.A lightning startAs Hamilton pulled away for the formation lap, he noted that Verstappen’s own starting position had much more rubber down on it than his own.There was of course very little they could do about it and it was not something for race control to investigate. Mercedes felt it wouldn’t make too much of a difference anyway.It did though, as Verstappen flew off the line and was able to get his pointy elbows out to squeeze the pole-sitter out at the first corner. It was a move that looked like it had given him the upper hand in the battle for the win.Verstappen led the early stages of the race before Hamilton hit back (Photo: AFP)“He positioned the car fantastically well, he got a little bit of a tow and a little bit of momentum, and then just braked later and ran the car wide,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.“Thankfully Lewis got out of because otherwise they’d have ended up in the fence.”Follow the leaderDoubtless if Hamilton felt he could have overtaken Verstappen early on, he would have done, but Barcelona is a hard place to get past or even follow.However, the British driver, aided by an early safety car triggered by Yuki Tsunoda’s engine failure, was able to keep his rival within arm’s reach.

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.A rare pit stop errorDuring the week, Hamilton warned that he knew Red Bull had made a few uncharacteristic mistakes in the opening races of the season which had given him opportunities to win.Once again it proved the case, as Verstappen’s first pit stop took 4.2 seconds, more than a second slower than their best effort.In fact though, it could have been a lot worse.“We were gearing up for the stop then Max just arrived in the pit lane and we hadn’t actually called him in at that point,” Horner revealed.“They recovered incredibly well at such short notice.”Bottas almost ruins the planMercedes did not pounce immediately on the opportunity afforded by the slow Red Bull stop, instead going longer on the first stint and hoping to make an overcut stick, a rarity in Spain.However, instead they added a second stop to the strategy and gave Hamilton a clear target: close a gap of 23 seconds in 22 laps.“We’ve done it before,” his race engineer Pete Bonnington told him. Hamilton did not need the encouragement.The only potential bump in the road could be traffic, and when he came up behind teammate Valtteri Bottas, the Finn was told to get out of the way promptly. He has already said he has no interest in being “that guy” any more, and he forced Hamilton to make a genuine overtake that cost him more than a second in pursuit of Verstappen.In the end, it made no real difference as Hamilton was able to pass for the lead with six laps to spare, but it might cause an awkward moment in debrief, especially in a week when Mercedes have been bullish in their defence of Bottas amid the rumours of his replacement by George Russell.Follow i sport on Facebook for more F1 news, interviews and features. You can also join our F1 fantasy league for i readers – just click here or use code “7edd2b8a7e” to take partMore on F1Vettel: ‘I have a special relationship with Mick – I’m giving him all the help I can’ Russell: ‘I’m feeling stronger than ever after seeing my psychologist’Magnussen: ‘I got bored racing at the back in F1 – but I’m not bored any more’F1 driver line-up 2021: How the grid will look this seasonA Verstappen title and Hamilton retirement? Pundits predict 2021 F1 season

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