Max Verstappen had to settle for a role in the Spanish Grand Prix in the shadow of the mighty Mercedes of British World Cup leader Lewis Hamilton.
The 22-year old Dutchman of Red Bull did catch up with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas at the start, but was not equal to the leader of Mercedes. Verstappen finished in second place in Barcelona.
Hamilton also shakes off Schumacher
Hamilton won and is now the Formula 1 driver with the most podium places: 156. He shared that record since last week with German legend Michael Schumacher, who took the podium 155 times.
The last two races at Silverstone in England Mercedes had a lot of problems with the tyres, which enabled Verstappen to achieve his ninth victory in Formula 1 last week. There was no such stunt this time, six-time world champion Hamilton was once again unapproachable.
Bottas had a bad start in Barcelona and immediately lost his second place and also precious seconds. Hamilton screwed up the pace from the eighth lap onwards and walked away slightly per lap at Verstappen.
Steps arguing over the radio
Steps complained after 21 laps that his “tires were dead” and was brought in too late for a tire change. In total he made two pit stops, but they didn’t bring him any closer to Hamilton.
Hamilton has won four of the first six races of this season and leads in the World Cup standings with 132 points. Verstappen follows with 95 points and Bottas, who finished third in Spain, stands at 89 points.
In two weeks time the Formula 1 season will continue with the Belgian Grand Prix. Just like the first six races of the year, the race will be held at Spa-Francorchamps without an audience