Formula 1: Norris, Hamilton, Alpine… The results of the Spanish Grand Prix

Formula 1: Norris, Hamilton, Alpine… The results of the Spanish Grand Prix
Formula 1: Norris, Hamilton, Alpine… The results of the Spanish Grand Prix

Job by Théo Neufond June 24, 2024

The Spanish Grand Prix delivered its verdict this Sunday, June 23, and saw Max Verstappen win for the third time in a row. The Dutchman soars in the standings, Ferrari picks up valuable points, Lando Norris moves into 2nd place among the drivers and Hamilton makes history a little further… What can we remember from this Spanish Grand Prix?

Starting in second position, Max Verstappen won in Barcelona ahead of Lando Norris. The Dutchman therefore signs a fourth success on the Spanish circuit in his career, after 2016, 2022 and 2023. Beyond this exceptional performance, the outcomes of this GP were multiple for the other drivers and teams.

Norris moves into 2nd place, Ferrari gets confused

Lando Norris may have some regrets but still ends the weekend in 2nd position in the drivers’ standings, with 150 points. Still far from Verstappen and his 219 points, the Briton is therefore ahead of Charles Leclerc by two small units, thanks in particular to the best lap bonus. But his missed start, going from pole to 3rd place, did not mean he started in the best conditions. His tire change of 3.6 seconds will also have been costly in his attempt to get back on Max Verstappen. The McLaren driver finished just 2.219 seconds behind the leader, enough to feel frustrated as this Spanish GP appeared to be within reach.

For its part, Ferrari managed to grab valuable points in the constructors’ championship. With the 5th and 6th positions of Leclerc and Sainz, the Scuderia consolidates its 2nd place in the ranking but suffered a little scare. On the 4th lap, the Spanish driver overtook his teammate with a slight collision. At the end of the race, Leclerc showed his dissatisfaction, despite having finished ahead of his teammate: «We were lucky to escape even if I had some damage. We will talk about it internally ».

Hamilton back on a podium, Alpine gets back on track

Mercedes, by signing 3rd and 4th positions, reiterates the good performance of the last Grand Prix, in Canada. Still in 4th place in this ranking, the German team remains far from the podium, 86 points behind McLaren. What changes between Spain and Canada is the positioning of the drivers. On the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, Russell finished in last place on the podium, while Hamilton was in 4th place. In Barcelona, ​​the trend has been reversed. The seven-time world champion finished in 3rd position, having not finished on a podium since October 23, 2023 and the Mexico Grand Prix. A 198th podium in F1 in his career which propels Hamilton far ahead among the record holders in the category.

After a more than sluggish start to the season, Alpine is back on the path to the top 10, with the 9th and 10th positions of Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon. After the same performance in Canada, a fortnight ago, the French team is moving up the slope and taking one more place in the manufacturers’ ranking. Alpine enters the Austrian Grand Prix in 7th place, one point ahead of Haas.

Aston Martin and Racing Bulls in the tough

For the British and Italian teams, this Spanish Grand Prix was not a real success. A difficult weekend for Aston Martin, which, with the 12th and 14th places of Alonso and Stroll, finished a Grand Prix for the second time this season without a single point. Worse still for Racing Bulls, who introduced a new aerodynamic update to their two single-seaters. Despite new features on the bodywork, floor and rear wing, Reb Bull’s antechamber did not win any points in this GP, a fourth such performance this season. Yuki Tsunoda posted his worst performance of the year by reaching 19th place in this Spanish GP. Daniel Ricciardo, for his part, finished the race in 15th place.

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