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Spanish Grand Prix 2022: Three key takeaways as Max Verstappen claims championship lead in Barcelona

Here are three main takeaways from the Spanish Grand Prix which might prove to be important for predicting the course of the 2022 F1 season.

As the Spanish Grand Prix drew to a close, the contented fans went home with an experience of their lifetime as they saw the frontrunner of the race lose power and go to the back of the grid, and the racer who punctured his tyres and fell to the last position on the grid got up and finished fourth in the race. Throughout the 66 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, the audience was glued to the seats as the entire race was jam-packed with incidents. With that in mind, here are the top 3 takeaways from round 6 of the Formula 1 World Championship 2022–

Ferrari is not immune to reliability issues, it seems

Ferrari’s F1-75 on Friday at Barcelona

The 2022 Formula One season has been a struggle for all the teams in terms of developments. Red Bull has been struggling with reliability issues throughout the season, and it was there even in the qualifying session of the Spanish Grand Prix as Verstappen complained of a loss of power during his last lap of Q3 and he couldn’t get a lap in which essentially made sure that Leclerc claimed the Pole Position without any fight.

However, even Ferrari aren’t immune to development issues. This was made clear as Charles Leclerc, who was in a comfortable lead couldn’t convert his pole position into a win because he suffered an engine failure midway through the race and Leclerc had to retire from the race. This will definitely be one of the major talking points in the Championship Battle and Verstappen scored 25 points by securing the win whereas Leclerc couldn’t score a single one.

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Lewis Hamilton shows all his fans why he is considered one of the greatest racers ever

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton proved it yet again why he is considered to be one of the greatest drivers in the sport. The seven time world champion banged wheels with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen in the very first lap in Turn 3. Magnussen got pushed off into the gravel, while Hamilton suffered a puncture on the left front tire which left him stranded at P19.

What came after that can only be described as a brilliant recovery drive as Hamilton cut his way through the field and finished in a commendable 5th Position. In a race filled with Errors and Failures, Hamilton made sure to not put a foot wrong and redeem the one Error he made at the start of the race.

Sergio Perez knows team orders come above all in a race as competitive as the Spanish Grand Prix

Sergio Perez in his Red Bull

Towards the end of the race, Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen found themselves in the top two positions. With Max Verstappen in P2, he was on fresher tires and was inching close to Perez when Perez was told to give up his position so that Verstappen can get through without making both of them lose time.

Perez did the same without making creating much of a fuss. Verstappen was let through and he went on to take the win and Perez finished second. This makes it very clear that Red Bull are backing Verstappen on his charge to win the World Driver’s Championship again and if required they won’t shy away to give out team orders if needed.

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