comScore
Active Stocks
Fri Sep 29 2023 15:59:14
  1. Tata Steel share price
  2. 129 1.78%
  1. NTPC share price
  2. 245.65 3.3%
  1. Power Grid Corporation Of India share price
  2. 199.85 -0.45%
  1. State Bank Of India share price
  2. 598.7 1.48%
  1. Wipro share price
  2. 406.25 0.11%
Business News/ Sports / Sports News/  Spanish Grand Prix: Max Verstappen outpaces Hamilton, Russell to win Spanish F1
Back

Spanish Grand Prix: Max Verstappen outpaces Hamilton, Russell to win Spanish F1

Max Verstappen of Red Bull Sunday won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position stretching his Formula One lead to 53 points. The two-time defending champion was never challenged as he breezed to his fifth win of the year

Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen sits in his car prior to the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix race at the Circuit de Catalunya on June 4, 2023 in Montmelo, on the outskirts of Barcelona. (AFP)Premium
Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen sits in his car prior to the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix race at the Circuit de Catalunya on June 4, 2023 in Montmelo, on the outskirts of Barcelona. (AFP)

Max Verstappen of Red Bull Sunday won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya stretching his Formula One lead to 53 points. The two-time defending champion was never challenged as he breezed to his fifth win of the year. 

Lewis Hamilton, seven-times world champion, was second for Mercedes. He was 24.09 seconds behind Verstappen. His team mate George Russell completed the podium on third position with 15 points.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez, Verstappen's closest rival in a season that looks sure to crown the dominant Dutch 25-year-old for a third time, finished fourth after fighting back from 11th at the start.

It was fifth victory of Verstappen this season, third in a row, third in Spain and the double world champion's 40th in Formula One.

"It's a big pleasure to drive with a car like this. I think it showed again today," said Verstappen, who fended off Ferrari's home hero Carlos Sainz at the start in the only challenge of an otherwise straightforward afternoon. “Hopefully we can keep it up throughout the year,"he added.

"I had the harder compound so I knew the start would be a bit tricky. Going around the outside at Turn One is always quite difficult but luckily nothing happened."

Verstappen warned against complacency.

“We just have to focus on ourselves and try to keep on improving our car," he said. "Of course right now it all looks great, but you can’t stand still in this world."

His dominant race performance came after he secured pole position with intimidating ease on Saturday. Verstappen set an untouchable top lap time and then watched the rest of the pack scramble for the other spots on the grid from his garage.

Verstappen had said before practice for the Barcelona race that while the Red Bull cars were fast and reliable enough to win every single race, he figured that “We will always have tracks where it doesn’t work out exactly, bad luck in qualifying, mistakes, whatever."

His 40th career win, including his third in Barcelona, leaves Verstappen one win behind the late Ayrton Senna’s total of 41. He also seems well on course to matching Senna’s three world titles. Verstappen set a Red Bull record with 39 wins last weekend at Monaco, breaking Sebastian Vettel’s record of 38.

"Exciting news! Mint is now on WhatsApp Channels 🚀 Subscribe today by clicking the link and stay updated with the latest financial insights!" Click here!

Catch all the Sports News and Updates on Live Mint. Download The Mint News App to get Daily Market Updates & Live Business News.
More Less
Updated: 05 Jun 2023, 02:34 AM IST
Next Story
Recommended For You
Switch to the Mint app for fast and personalized news - Get App