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Who is winning the Spanish Grand Prix?

Hello and welcome to this live blog for the Spanish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton took his 100th pole in Saturday's qualifying, finishing ahead of familiar foe Max Verstappen and teammate Valtteri Bottas. MARCA.comLewis Hamilton wins Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix | Championship standings

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Hats off to Lewis, this was another fantastic weekend where he made yet more history by taking his 100th pole position. It’s just an incredible achievement.

He’s so far ahead of anyone else in this metric – with Michael Schumacher next best on 68 - and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. You could see the emotion when he took pole on Saturday. Such a remarkable milestone clearly means a lot to him.

This may have been his third victory in four races – but he had to work for it. I thought it was a fantastic Grand Prix – and one where you didn’t know who was going to win until very late in the race. It was a great fight from Max, but on Sunday, Lewis was just too quick.

Max did everything right at the start to impressively take the lead. He’s not afraid to take the fight to Lewis. The reality is he knows he unlikely to beat Lewis if he’s second at the end of the first lap so. And that gives him the commitment to go for a pass when it’s 50-50.

In contrast, Lewis knows that he can beat Max from second place on lap one – as he did today – so he doesn’t necessarily take that risk.

With everything that is going on at the sharp end, it’s easy to overlook some of the other very good drives that were going on. Charles Leclerc delivered one of those.

There’s no doubt the SF21 is a significantly better can than last year's, and Leclerc is getting every bit of pace out of it – and then some more – each time he gets in the car.

It’s not going to take a lot more for Ferrari to be knocking at the door of the top two. And that’s quite remarkable given where they ended 2020.

On track, the car looks good - you don’t get the feeling it doesn’t deserve to be where it is.

There’s also a great dynamic between Charles and Carlos right now and I don’t think you can underestimate the advantages of that. The cooperation and the positiveness from their two drivers is helping drive them forward.

And there’s no doubt that when the pair get the right car, both of them will take wins.

It’s fair to say we’ve been disappointed with Daniel’s performances this year, but Sunday was a step in the right direction and I think he’ll now be feeling a lot more positive.

McLaren are a couple of places down on where they would like to be based on their speed in Spain but for Daniel, that will be a confidence booster for sure. He generally goes well at Monaco, too, so this result comes at the perfect time and could be the start of some consistent improvement.

The challenge a driver faces when changing teams should not be underestimated. I think some drivers are better at coping at that than others. Historically, some drivers have walked into teams and they know exactly what they want and how to articulate that.

It depends completely on the personality of that driver. There are so many nuances in the relationship between an engineer and a driver. It may take some time for an engineer to understand the magnitude of a complaint or request. Getting that relationship right is vital – and it’s only natural that it can take some time.

I think Daniel is starting to understand how to work with the team and the team are understanding how to work with Daniel – and the quicker that relationship continues to improve, the quicker the results will come.

Williams may not have scored their first points of the season in Spain, but they were very much in the mix through George Russell until the last few laps.

I think Williams will be knuckling down on their car for next year with a new organisation and new momentum and I believe we can expect them to be a much more competitive proposition next season.

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‘I’m not here to let people by’ - Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas says he wasn’t willing to yield to Lewis Hamilton without prioritizing his own race after being told to not hold up his teammate in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton had made a second pit stop in order to try and chase down Max Verstappen in the second half of the race, having failed to find a way past the Red Bull early on. Bottas was then told about Hamilton catching him and not to hold the championship leader up, but he failed to yield and Hamilton had to dive to the inside of him in Turn 10, losing over 1.5 seconds compared to his previous lap times.

“I definitely could have let him by earlier but I was doing my own race as well,” Bottas told Sky Sports. “It’s always calculating things and I was trying to get Charles (Leclerc) out of my pit window so I could stop again and go for an extra point, so the main thing in my mind was my own race.

“There wasn’t that much (discussion). They told me not to hold him up too much. Like I said, I was also doing my race and I am not here to let people by — I am here to race. That’s how it goes.”

Expanding on the incident later, Bottas added he was also thinking about Hamilton’s chances of victory as well as the potential for a misunderstanding if he tried to let his teammate through.

“I got the message and obviously we were on a different strategy at that point. Unless something crazy happened I wasn’t really fighting anymore with him but the thing was at that time I was trying to get Charles out of my pit window so that I could stop again and be ahead of him. I was really concerned that I didn’t want to lose too much time and I was really focusing on my race. So it’s about balancing things.

“Of course, as a racing driver, you prioritize yourself, your race, but also we work as a team so you don’t want to ruin the win for the team if it’s not possible for you.

“I tried to do the best thing I could do for us as a team and for myself. It’s always hard doing those kinds of things and as the other driver, if he predicts what’s going to happen and where to go. In the end, it was kind of OK.”

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Hamilton had no concerns over the incident, saying he wasn’t even aware that Bottas had been told not to hold him up.

“I think we’re the best teammates,” Hamilton said. “Honestly, I didn’t know he had a message so in my mind I was like ‘we are racing’ and that’s totally fine for me, particularly early on in this part of this season. In my mind I was like, ‘OK, I’ve got to get close and go for an overtake’.

“We were on massively different strategies — I was going to get him at some stage because I had much better tires. We were going into Turn 10… I thought there was a gap there, then I wasn’t quite sure and then there was a gap and Valtteri was completely fair. I hope I didn’t lose him too much time.

“This is how we win as a team. We sometimes are in that position where we’ve got to put the team first and getting a second and a third is good, but getting a first is max points, and that’s key.”

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[…] Hamilton had no concerns over the incident, saying he wasn’t even aware that Bottas had been told not to hold him up. “I think we’re the best teammates,” Hamilton said. “Honestly, I didn’t know he had a message so in my mind I was like ‘we are racing’ and that’s totally fine for me, particularly early on in this part of this season. In my mind I was like, ‘OK, I’ve got to get close and go for an overtake’. “We were on massively different strategies — I was going to get him at some stage because I had much better tires. We were going into Turn 10… I thought there was a gap there, then I wasn’t quite sure and then there was a gap and Valtteri was completely fair. I hope I didn’t lose him too much time. “This is how we win as a team. We sometimes are in that position where we’ve got to put the team first and getting a second and a third is good, but getting a first is max points, and that’s key.” Source link […]

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Bottas: I didn’t want to lose time to Leclerc letting Lewis passed

Grand Prix 247 09 May, 2021 - 03:00pm

With Hamilton opting for a two-stop strategy, he dropped back behind Valtteri Bottas into third on lap 43 in order to gain a tyre advantage over leader Max Verstappen.

Hamilton then set about chasing down both Bottas and Verstappen, with the Finn receiving a radio message from his race engineer letting him know that Hamilton was on a different strategy.

Although Hamilton had a significant tyre and pace advantage at this stage, Bottas did not simply let his teammate through, instead staying in front until the eventual winner made a pass into Turn 10.

Asked about the incident after the race, Bottas said that he did not want to ruin the team’s strategy, but had to prioritise his own race.

“Yeah, I got the message and obviously we were on different strategies at that point so unless something crazy would happen, I wasn’t really any more with him,” he said. “But the thing was, at that time, I was trying to get Charles off my pit window so I could stop again and try and be ahead of him, so I was really conscious that I didn’t want to lose too much time, and I was really focusing on my race so it was about balancing things.

“Of course, as a racing driver, you prioritise yourself, your race, because that’s what we do but also we work as a team, so you don’t want to ruin the win for the team if that is possible; if it is not possible for you. So I tried to do the best thing I could for us as a team and for myself. It’s always hard doing those kind of things and either know… ask the other driver if he predicts what’s going to happen and where to go but I think in the end it was kind of OK.”

Asked for his perspective, Hamilton added: “I think we’re the best teammates so honestly I didn’t know that he had a message so in my mind I was like ‘we’re racing’ and that’s totally fine for me, particularly early on in this part of the season so in my mind I was ‘so I’ve got to get close and hope for an overtake’ but then obviously when we went into turn ten, we were on massively different strategies so I was going to get him at some stage because I had much better tyres.

“And we were going into turn ten and I thought there was a gap there and I wasn’t quite sure and then there was a gap and Valtteri was completely fair, I wouldn’t lose too much time but this is how we win as a team. We sometimes have to, sometimes we’re in that position where you just… you’ve got to put the team first and getting a second and a third is good but getting a first is obviously max points and that’s key.”

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