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Verstappen wins Spanish GP, Mercedes takes 2-3

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Verstappen dominated the race after warding off a first-corner problem for Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari.

Mercedes had the second-fastest automotive within the race, and Lewis Hamilton and George Russell crammed the rostrum spots, forward of the opposite Crimson Bull of Sergio Perez, who rose from 11th to complete fourth.

2023 F1 Spanish GP race outcomes


How the 2023 F1 Spanish GP was gained

Verstappen, who began on medium-compound tyres, simply held his pole place benefit on the run to Flip 1, warding off the soft-shod Sainz’s assault across the outdoors of the primary nook. Behind them, third-placed qualifier Lando Norris (McLaren) and a fast-starting Hamilton touched at Flip 2, and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) handed Hamilton moments later for third at Flip 5.

Hamilton settled into fourth place, forward of Esteban Ocon’s Alpine, however Norris was pressured to pit on the finish of the opening lap for a brand new nostril part. Russell handed Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin for sixth on lap seven.

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Hamilton repassed Stroll for third on lap eight, and Russell gained one other place from Ocon on lap 11 to run fifth.

After a disastrous Q2 stranded him in 11th on the grid, Sergio Perez moved by means of the sector within the second Crimson Bull and ran eighth by lap 10.

With Hamilton closing in, Sainz pitted for mediums on lap 16, and the Mercedes duo had been completely satisfied to run longer on the softs. Hamilton pitted 9 laps later, rejoining behind Sainz, however on a lot more energizing mediums and Russell stopped a lap later, staying simply forward of Ocon.

Verstappen pitted on lap 27, switching his mediums for hards, whereas Perez ran a lap longer and rejoined again in ninth.

Hamilton handed Sainz for second at Flip 1 on lap 28, however was already 12s behind Verstappen by this level, as Russell handed Stroll for fourth. Simply after half distance, Russell additionally handed Sainz to make it a Mercedes 2-3, whereas Perez carved his approach as much as fifth on his contemporary rubber.

Sainz made his second pitstop simply earlier than two-third’s distance on lap 42, switching to hards.

Russell pitted for softs on lap 46, and Hamilton adopted go well with 5 laps later. Perez additionally stopped for softs, rejoining 3s behind Sainz. That allowed Verstappen to make a consolation cease for softs for the run to the end too – regardless of getting a black and white flag for exceeding observe limits on three events.

Alonso handed Ocon with 14 laps to go, albeit solely simply after the Frenchman made a tough defensive transfer on the run to Flip 1. A lap later, Perez handed Sainz for fourth and set off after the Mercedes however ran out of time to catch Russell.

Sainz completed fifth, forward of the Astons of Stroll and Alonso. Ocon was eighth from Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – who received a 5s penalty for forcing a automotive off observe – and Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo).

As a consequence of Tsunoda’s penalty, Gasly received the ultimate level in tenth.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc began from the pitlane on laborious tyre, after the rear-end of his automotive was modified following his horrible qualifying efficiency, behind Logan Sargeant’s Williams.

He went on an aggressive tyre technique, switching to softs on lap 17 and again to hards on lap 43, however he may solely end 12th.

2023 F1 Spanish GP quickest laps

Cla Driver  Automobile/Engine   Time   Delay 
1 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull/Honda RBPT 1’16.330  
11 Sergio Pérez Crimson Bull/Honda RBPT 1’16.666 0.336
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’16.676 0.346
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1’17.182 0.852
63 George Russell Mercedes 1’17.875 1.545
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1’18.069 1.739
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’18.083 1.753
77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’18.242 1.912
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’18.357 2.027
10  10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1’18.375 2.045
11  55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1’18.403 2.073
12  21 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1’18.594 2.264
13  81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1’18.679 2.349
14  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’18.722 2.392
15  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’18.753 2.423
16  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1’18.776 2.446
17  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1’18.904 2.574
18  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1’18.946 2.616
19  23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1’19.133 2.803
20  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1’19.247 2.917

2023 F1 Spanish GP pitstops

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