F1 race results: Max Verstappen wins Spanish GP

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Verstappen seized victory in a commanding fashion, successfully defending against Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari at the first corner challenge.

The second fastest car in the race was from Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell secured their places on the podium, just ahead of Sergio Perez of Red Bull, who impressively climbed from 11th to finish fourth.

Further Reading:
Max Verstappen Overcomes Hamilton by More than 24s to Win F1 Spanish GP
Sainz Highlights Tyre Weakness of Ferrari at Barcelona
Aston Martin Lacks Pace at Barcelona F1: Alonso
2023 F1 Spanish GP Final Standings
Order  Nº  Driver  Car / Engine  Laps  Time 
1 1Max VerstappenRed Bull/Honda RBPT66-
2 44Lewis HamiltonMercedes66-24.090
3 63George RussellMercedes66-32.389
4 11Sergio PérezRed Bull/Honda RBPT66-35.812
5 55Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari66-45.698
6 18Lance StrollAston Martin/Mercedes66-1’03.320
7 14Fernando AlonsoAston Martin/Mercedes66-1’04.127
8 31Esteban OconAlpine/Renault66-1’09.242
9 24Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo/Ferrari66-1’11.878
10 10Pierre GaslyAlpine/Renault66-1’13.530
11 16Charles LeclercFerrari66-1’14.419
12 22Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri/Honda RBPT66-1’15.416
13 81Oscar PiastriMcLaren/Mercedes65-
14 21Nyck de VriesAlphaTauri/Honda RBPT65-
15 27Nico HülkenbergHaas/Ferrari65-
16 23Alexander AlbonWilliams/Mercedes65-
17 4Lando NorrisMcLaren/Mercedes65-
18 20Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari65-
19 77Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo/Ferrari65-
20 2Logan SargeantWilliams/Mercedes65-
The Story of 2023 F1 Spanish GP Victory

Verstappen, starting with medium-compound tyres, narrowly maintained his pole position while warding off Sainz’s attempt on the outside at the first corner. Trailing them, third qualifier Lando Norris (McLaren) and Hamilton quickly bumped at Turn 2, and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) shortly after overtook Hamilton for third place at Turn 5.

Hamilton was in the fourth position, in front of Esteban Ocon’s Alpine, but Norris had to pit after the initial lap for a new nose section. Russell took over Fernando Alonso’s sixth place on lap seven.

Hamilton returned to the third position on the eighth lap, surpassing Stroll, and Russell moved up another place from Ocon on the 11th lap.

After a disappointing Q2 left him starting in 11th place, Sergio Perez navigated his way up to eighth by the 10th lap in his second Red Bull.

As Hamilton closed the gap, Sainz decided to pit for medium tyres on the 16th lap. The Mercedes pair opted to run longer on the softs. Hamilton pitted nine laps later and returned to the track behind Sainz on much fresher mediums. Russell made his stop

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