Max Verstappen cruised to victory at the F1 Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, finishing over 24 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Lewis Hamilton. Starting from pole position, Verstappen took advantage of a strong start and never looked back, leading every lap of the race. It was the Dutch driver’s second win of the season and the fourth of his career.
Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris completed the podium, finishing second and third respectively. Sainz, who was born in Madrid, was cheered on by a vocal home crowd and put in an impressive performance to claim his first podium finish of the season. Norris, meanwhile, continued his strong start to the campaign, securing his third podium in five races.
The race was a disappointing one for Ferrari, as Charles Leclerc was knocked out in Q1 and Sebastian Vettel finished outside the points. In the build-up to the race, Vettel had said he was hopeful of a good result, but he was unable to make an impact on the top ten.
Despite the disappointment for Ferrari, the race was a big success for McLaren, who secured their third consecutive race finish with both cars in the top ten. Norris’ third-place finish was particularly impressive, as he started the race in third and held off challenges from Hamilton and others to secure his podium finish.
Speaking after his win, Verstappen said: “It was a great race, I really enjoyed it. The car felt really good and I was able to push hard throughout the whole race. I’m really happy with the win and it’s a great result for the whole team.”
The victory saw Verstappen move to second in the drivers’ championship, just 14 points behind Hamilton. The next race on the calendar is the Monaco Grand Prix on May 23.