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
Formula 1 2021: Mercedes masterstroke helps Lewis Hamilton clinch fifth successive Spanish Grand Prix
Hamilton moved on to 98 career wins after a surprise second change of tyres hoodwinked Red Bull to lift him 14 points clear of Verstappen in the drivers' standings.
Romain Grosjean will also drive a 2019 Mercedes, the W10 model in which Lewis Hamilton won the world championship, on June 27 in 'demonstration laps' ahead of the French Grand Prix.
Formula 1 2021: Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas beats teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole at Portuguese GP
Red Bull's Max Verstappen, one point off Hamilton in the drivers' standings, took third on Sunday's grid with his teammate Sergio Perez alongside him on the second row in Portimao.
Formula 1 2021: Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finishes fastest in first Portuguese Grand Prix practice
Bottas was 0.025sec ahead of Verstappen with the other Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez, third.
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.
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.
Formua 1 2021: Mercedes drivers Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton dominate difficult first practice at Imola
Bottas was quickest round the legendary Imola circuit but was less than one-tenth of a second faster than his teammate.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was delighted to see Hamilton triumph in the opener, but said Mercedes must still somehow match the superior speed of this season's Red Bull car.
Formula 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton fights off persistent Max Verstappen to win season-opening Bahrain GP
Mercedes star Hamilton edged out pole-sitter Max Verstappen in his Red Bull, with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes rounding out the podium.
The four-time world champion Vettel, who joined the Aston Villa team this year after leaving Ferrari, failed to make the cut from Q1 and struggled to make an impression.
Verstappen earned his fourth career pole to deny Hamilton his 99th, edging out the world champion by .39 seconds on his final attempt.
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Hamilton spoke in an upbeat way about his and the sport's future ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir.
He added that he would not be keen to offer Hamilton a return to McLaren next year because he was building the team for the future with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.
Bottas started the past two seasons brightly with victories, only for his challenges to quickly fade as Hamilton imposed his superiority. Frustration got the better of Bottas and chipped away at his composure on race days, leading to some sloppy mistakes.
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Bottas clocked 1min 30.289sec off 58 laps, 24 hours after finishing the opening day at the bottom of the time charts due to a gearbox problem that restricted him to just six laps.
Formula 1 2021: Red Bull's Max Verstappen fastest on first day of pre-season testing, Mercedes struggle
Verstappen, long regarded as heir apparent to seven-time world champion Hamilton, clocked a best time of 1min 30.674sec in the Red Bull.