MONTMELÓ, Spain – Max Verstappen reclaim the top spot in Formula One as the reigning world champions beat the Spaniard grand opening on Sunday for his third straight win after Charles Leclerc .’s win Ferrari broken while he was comfortably in front.
Verstappen needs support from Red Bull However, teammate Sergio Pérez got his fourth win of the season. Pérez was leading the race after Leclerc dropped out when his team told him to let Verstappen get past Round 49 of 66.
“It’s not fair but that’s okay,” Pérez told his team.
Pérez, who may only get his third career win, came second first Mercedes‘George Russell is in third place.
Verstappen has overtaken Leclerc in the standings and currently leads with six points from six races.
“It wasn’t an easy start to the race, but we turned the game around,” said Verstappen, who has had previous wins in Imola and Miami. “Thanks to the team for their great work and thanks to Checo (Pérez), he’s a great teammate.”
Leclerc defended his turret from the start, and Verstappen soon left the track. But disaster struck when Leclerc’s car lost power on lap 27, when he yelled “No! No! No! What happened?”
Lewis Hamiltonwho had won here the previous five years, had a good drive to finish fifth behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz after the seven-time world champion fell to the bottom of the table in Round 1 when the Mercedes his needs a tire change after a knock with Kevin Magnussen’s Haas.
Verstappen looks like he will have to struggle to get a spot on the podium to limit damage after he went off track and into gravel – an incident his team blamed on a gust of wind – in the opening round, hit him from second to fourth.
It was made worse for the Dutchman when the same DRS flap incident that ruined his chance to try a final lap in Saturday’s qualifying was again mutilated. He was unable to get past Russell at the time in an interesting duel.
“We couldn’t even get the (expired) DRS to work, unbelievable,” shouted Verstappen over the team radio as Leclerc took the lead and grabbed the new tires without losing position. leading position.
But after Leclerc’s race broke out, Verstappen’s fortunes changed dramatically.