Formula 1 2021: Mercedes' race-winning strategy, competitive Ferrari performance and other talking points from Spanish GP
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes used a combination of race strategy and on-track overtaking to reclaim the lead at the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix
It was the fourth successive Saturday that the Japanese rookie had been out-paced by the more experienced Frenchman.
Hamilton pushed his Mercedes to a flying lap of 1 minute, 16.74 seconds. Verstappen in his Red Bull was only 0.03 seconds behind
Bottas, who has been with the team since 2017, has yet to finish a race this season ahead of either teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton or Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
Cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's race on 23 May has sold "already 4,000 tickets", according to Christian Tornatore, commissioner-general of the Automobile Club de Monaco.
The Mercedes driver started from second on the grid behind teammate Valtteri Bottas, who finished third behind Verstappen's Red Bull and took a bonus point for the fastest lap.
"Due to the health measures put in place to fight COVID-19, the Canadian Grand Prix has been cancelled for a second consecutive year," Canadian authorities said in a statement.
The sprint qualifying over a distance of 100 kilometres will determine the GP grid and give the top three finishers championship points, F1 said in a statement.
Monaco announced 10 days ago an easing of health restrictions in the Principality, but without a decision on the Grand Prix, the fifth round of this season's calendar.
The Japanese GP, scheduled this year for 10 October, "has always showcased gripping, edge-of-your-seat drama," Domenicali said in announcing the extension with race promoter Mobilityland.
The team of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez said they have also recruited Ben Hodgkinson as technical director from Mercedes to oversee the switch.
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Formula 1 2021: Max Verstappen wins Emilia Romagna GP in a race of two halves, and other talking points
In the first half, Max Verstappen shone as the red lights went out. The second half, without a doubt, belonged to Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen led for the majority of the race on the wet Imola track, beating Hamilton by 22 seconds. Hamilton showed all his skills to make his way back up the field after falling as far back as ninth following an incident just before the halfway point of the race.
F1 said the track will be 5.41km long with high-speed straights which should allow top speeds of 320 Km/h and "multiple overtaking opportunities".
Formula 1 2021: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull pair
It was Hamilton’s 99th career pole and although there is a Red Bull directly behind the Mercedes driver, it will be Sergio Perez rather than Max Verstappen.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton said he hoped Imola would favour Mercedes more than Red Bull over the weekend.
Three motor races cancelled last year, are back on the calendar this year: the Monaco Historic Grand Prix on 25 April, the E-Prix on 8 May and the main event, the F1 Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old German has never won a Grand Prix, but proved himself a valuable asset when standing in for Covid-19 casualties last season, before it rebranded as Aston Martin.
Masi, who denied all claims of inconsistency, pointed out the Red Bull driver was asked to hand back the race lead because he 'gained an advantage' in running off track, not only because he had crossed the white lines