F1 world left puzzled after monumental error cost Red Bull Racing victory at Spanish GP

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Mark Thompson


The 2021 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix delivered its fair share of drama and action, with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) taking the victory. However, before we proclaim that it was a predictable race that was "predictably" won by the seven-time champion, it wasn't that easy. Hamilton had his work cut out and only took charge of the race on lap 60/66.

The other laps? Well, Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen had a commanding hold on the race and was a sure-fire bet for the victory after jumping Hamilton at the start of the race.

Whether you support Hamilton or Verstappen, it was encouraging to see Red Bull and Verstappen taking the fight to Hamilton/Mercedes the way they did. Also, it opened the door for another driver other than Hamilton to have a definitive say in the championship. But it all fell apart when Hamilton made a second - and unplanned - pit stop on lap 42.

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