For the last five years, the Spanish Grand Prix has always seen only one single legendary racer take away all the victory trophies from the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona from 2017 to 2021–amd that is, of course, Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton. But in 2016, Max Verstappen had become the youngest pole-sitter and subsequent race winner by clinching the top position in the Spanish Grand Prix, and six years later, in 2022, the Dutchman repeated his feat.
After a tremendously difficult race, filled with unpredictable reliability conditions, tyre problems, DRS issues, and a hair-raising wheel-to-wheel with Merc racer George Russell, Max Verstappen managed to win the Spanish Grand Prix and secured the top position in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
In the post-race interview, Max Verstappen talked about how he clinched the victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, after overcoming all the obstacles that came his way.
Max Verstappen is very happy with the Red Bull 1-2 finish, says that it is a great result for the team
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen could not get the pole position in the Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying on Saturday because his RB-18 suddenly lost power during the last few seconds of Q3, when he was supposed to go for a final flying lap.
Even after starting the race behind Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen tried to the best of his abilities to overcome his Championship rival, but Leclerc got 12 seconds ahead of him. And then, Verstappen fell behind the Silver Arrow of Russell as well. Verstappen could not open the DRS however many times he tried to switch it on in his car, and that sent the racer into a frenzy.
While losing out on precious time as the DRS wasn’t opening in his car, and he was slowly falling behind George Russell, Max Verstappen shouted into his team radio frantically.
But at the end, Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari showed some engine power issues, and the Monegasque had to retire from the race. This meant that the top position of the grid was either Verstappen’s or Russell’s for the taking. Verstappen finally overtook Russell as the Briton went into the pitlane, and then the Dutchman did not let go of his lead.
Reacting to the entire race, Verstappen said, “My DRS not working made it tough. A difficult beginning but a good end. I’m very happy to win and also very happy for Checo. A great result for the team.”