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Formula 1: Max Verstappen wins Spanish GP, taking the title lead

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won a hard-fought Spanish Grand Prix victory at the Circuit de Barcelona–Catalunya on Saturday.
The Dutchman won despite an early spin and faulty DRS. He now holds the 2022 FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship standings. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was forced to retire from the race after a comfortable lead.
Sergio Perez finished second to Red Bull Racing’s second finish of the season. The final podium spot went to Mercedes’ George Russell.

Carlos Sainz was fourth, despite falling outside the top 10 after his Turn 4 spin. Hamilton beat Sainz to P4 with a fantastic move at Turn 1 that took five laps, but then fell to P5 after being told by his Mercedes team to lift off.
Valtteri Bottas lost out to Hamilton and Sainz in his soft-medium/medium strategy. The Finn took a solid P6 finish for Alfa Romeo.
Esteban Ocon finished seventh. He was up five spots for Alpine and had two soft-tyred stints. Lando Norris followed the Frenchman’s strategy, but was a few seconds slower in P8 than McLaren’s P11.
Alpine’s Fernando Alonso (from the back of the grid) and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda (from P13) rounded out the top 10 on the same soft-medium-soft-soft gambit.

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