Hamilton strategy pays off in Spain

10 May 2021 02:19:51 GMTPlus10

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the Spanish Grand Prix after a late overtake of Red Bull's Max Verstappen in Montmelo.

After securing the 100th pole position of his career on Saturday, Hamilton operated on a two-stop strategy and managed to close a three-second deficit in 18 laps to come out on top, despite losing the lead to Verstappen at the first corner.

The victory was Hamilton's third in four races this season and extended his lead in this year's Drivers Championship to 14 points with the 98th win of his illustrious career.

Hamilton and Verstappen have been the main protagonists tussling for first position in each of this season's first four races with Red Bull's Dutchman having last prevailed at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in April.

Valtteri Botas of Mercedes took third with Charles Leclerc in fourth and Sergio Perez next in fifth.

Speaking after yet another win this season, Briton Hamilton said: "I feel great after this. I feel like we could go again.

"It was close start. After that just hunting - I was so close for so long and I didn't think I could make the tyres last, but I managed to keep them in. It was a long way to come back but it was a good gamble.

"It was the plan all weekend to have two new mediums for a two-stop. Even though the one-stop looked better I knew from experience that a one-stop is very difficult to pull off. What a day."

Hamilton is 1.72 to win the Formula 1 Drivers Championship 2021, with Verstappen on offer at 2.00.

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