Spanish GP: Max Verstappen wins thrilling race after Charles Leclerc engine failure, Lewis Hamilton recovers after first lap collision


Last update: 22/05/22 15:52

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Charles Leclerc was forced to retire from the lead in Spain after losing power in his Ferrari.

Charles Leclerc was forced to retire from the lead in Spain after losing power in his Ferrari.

Max Verstappen took advantage of Charles Leclerc’s engine failure to win a spectacular Spanish Grand Prix and take the championship lead.

In a frantic Barcelona race filled with incidents from start to finish, Leclerc had held a comfortable advantage in front before the poleman suffered a race-ending Ferrari problem on lap 29.

Verstappen still had a lot to do from there – having abandoned the order after an unusual early spin before frustration over DRS issues and battles with George Russell – but finally showed his unparalleled speed after three pit stops .

His 19-point title deficit turned into a six-point advantage thanks to Leclerc’s DNF, and the world champion leads the standings for the first time this season.

Max Verstappen's DRS was not working as it should, with the Dutchman venting his fury on the team radio as he struggled to find his way past George Russell.

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Max Verstappen’s DRS was not working as it should, with the Dutchman venting his fury on the team radio as he struggled to find his way past George Russell.

Max Verstappen’s DRS was not working as it should, with the Dutchman venting his fury on the team radio as he struggled to find his way past George Russell.

Verstappen finished ahead of Sergio Perez in another Red Bull brace, although the Mexican was unhappy at being asked by Red Bull to step aside when Verstappen came charging from behind.

The thrilling Spanish GP also included an impressive podium finish for Russell in the Mercedes, while teammate Lewis Hamilton produced an epic recovery run to fifth after a collision and puncture on the opening lap.

Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collide on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, resulting in a puncture for the Mercedes driver.

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Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collide on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, resulting in a puncture for the Mercedes driver.

Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen collide on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, resulting in a puncture for the Mercedes driver.

He had been running fourth before being passed again by Ferrari favorite Carlos Sainz as Mercedes had reliability issues on both cars in the final stages, although he will take comfort from a good weekend improved.

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