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The day Leclerc stamped his authority on Ferrari and Vettel
After squandering a host of opportunities so far in 2019, Ferrari finally broke its Formula 1 win duck in Belgium. What’s more, by claiming his first career grand prix victory Charles Leclerc might have established himself as the Scuderia’s top dog.
The 2019 Belgian Grand Prix might prove to be the moment Charles Leclerc decisively stamped his authority over team-mate Sebastian Vettel by claiming his first Formula 1 victory to make Ferrari his team. But perversely, it was also a race Leclerc owed partly to Vettel’s contribution after a far more slender triumph than his qualifying supremacy suggested.
Leclerc drove superbly throughout the Spa weekend, in the race particularly given he had Lewis Hamilton bearing down on him in the tense closing laps. The tragic loss of Formula 2 ace Anthoine Hubert a day earlier made it even more impressive, and it was only right and proper that he dedicated this victory to his friend and rival. But had Vettel not played his part over five crucial laps, Hamilton would surely have snatched victory despite Ferrari’s straightline speed advantage.
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Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets
Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button.
An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal
Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one major encouraging sign for Red Bull. However, making good on that gain will require Max Verstappen to avoid repeating a mistake that left him well down the FP2 order...
Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.
OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.
Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition
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