Max Verstappen won the Spanish GP and is the new Formula 1 world championship leader

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Checo Pérez came second and allowed Red Bull to overtake. Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after coming back from a distance.

the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won the Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1 and ousted the Monegasque from the lead in the Drivers’ World Championship Charles Leclerc, left following mechanical problems in his Ferrari .

The current 24-year-old champion has achieved his fourth win of the season by leading a “double” of Red Bull -leader of the two championships- that the Mexican completed Sergio Perez who signed his eighteenth podium in F1 by finishing second in a race than the English george russell (Mercedes) finished third.

Verstappen’s third win in a row, following previous victories at Imola and Miami, saw him overtake Leclerc in the overall drivers’ standings, opening a distance of six points after six races.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, ​​Spain – May 22, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning alongside second-placed Sergio Perez REUTERS/Albert GeaFor: Reuters

Spaniard Carlos Sainz entered fourth with the other Ferrari, while Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after coming back from a distance.

Mechanical problems for Leclerc, who left the championship lead

The Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), victim of a mechanical problem, had to give up during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Spain this Sunday.

The Italian team driver was leading the race with a large advantage over his pursuers, Briton George Russell (Mercedes) and Dutchman Max Verstappen, when his car began to lose power.

The gesture of Charles Leclerc after his retirement from the Spanish GP due to a mechanical problem.  (REUTERS/Albert Gea)
The gesture of Charles Leclerc after his retirement from the Spanish GP due to a mechanical problem. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)For: Reuters

“No! No! No! What happened?” he shouted over the radio. His car never left the garage because Leclerc received consoling pats on the back from his mechanics.

“I lost engine power, and from there I had to stop (…) It’s like that, it happens, since the beginning of the year we haven’t had a single problem “, reacted Leclerc at the microphone of String +.

Even if the situation “hurts, there are at least a lot of positive things, we managed to solve the tire degradation problems, it was really the answer we were waiting for”, he relativized.

It was a blow for the leader of the World Drivers’ Championship, now led by Verstappen, after his triumph at Montmeló.

Source: TN

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