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Red Bull's Max Verstappen wins Spanish Formula One Grand Prix for the third year in a row

Dutch driver extended his championship lead to a hefty 69 points, with Norris moving up to become the triple world champion's closest rival and also taking a bonus point for fastest lap

Reuters Barcelona Published 24.06.24, 11:22 AM
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the Spanish Grand Prix in Catalunya, Spain, on Sunday

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the Spanish Grand Prix in Catalunya, Spain, on Sunday Reuters

Red Bull's Max Verstappen won the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Sunday after McLaren's pole-sitter Lando Norris lost out at the start and finished 2.2 seconds behind.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton was third for his first podium appearance of the season with Mercedes teammate George Russell fourth on a sunny afternoon at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

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The Dutch driver extended his championship lead to a hefty 69 points, with Norris moving up to become the triple world champion's closest rival and also taking a bonus point for fastest lap.

Norris paid the price for a slow start, dropping to third into the first corner after squeezing Verstappen onto the grass while Russell rocketed past from the second row to take them both and lead the field.

"I did a bit of rallying. I think we slowed each other down," commented Verstappen afterwards.

Verstappen, who had started alongside Norris on the front row, was leading by lap three and could then build a buffer and take control.

"I think what made the race was the beginning," he said. "I took the lead ... and made that first stint where I could eke out a gap a little bit."

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was fifth, after taking the chequered flag just 0.3 behind Russell, and teammate Carlos Sainz sixth in front of his home crowd.

The win was Verstappen's seventh in 10 races so far this season, and 61st of his career.

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