Hamilton mainly drove behind his Dutch rival at the Barcelona circuit, but was eventually on the highest step of the podium.
“It was a very good day, I learned a lot about Max. In that respect it was also a good race ”, said the seven-time world champion, who is being challenged more than ever by the Dutchman this season. “When you drive on the track, you see other things. I followed him relatively closely in this race and learned so much about his car and how he uses it. ”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also spoke of an instructive day. “If you can follow the other car and the other driver so closely, then you learn more. And that can be an advantage ”, said Wolff, without mentioning the names of Verstappen and his racing team Red Bull.
The Dutch leader of Red Bull took first place at the start from Hamilton, who had left pole position. Verstappen was in the lead for most of the race, but was passed by the Brit in the final phase. Verstappen’s deficit on Hamilton in the World Cup standings rose to fourteen points, after four of the 23 races.
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