Montmeló (Barcelona) (EFE).- The Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) reinforced his leadership in the Formula One World Championship by clearly winning the Spanish Grand Prix this Sunday, the seventh of the year, held at the Montmeló circuit (Barcelona); where the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) finished fifth and seventh, respectively.
Verstappen, 25, who is aiming for a third title in a row, achieved his fortieth victory in F1 – the fifth of the season – by winning, with a ‘Grand Slam’ (starting from pole position and leading from start to finish a race in which he set the fastest lap) at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ahead of the two Mercedes drivers, the English Lewis Hamilton and George Russell; in a race that the other Red Bull, that of the Mexican Sergio Pérez, finished fourth.
The Spaniards Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) finished fifth and seventh, respectively; and the Canadian Lance Stroll, a partner of the latter, was sixth.
Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine) finished eighth, ahead of Chinese Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo).
Alpine’s other Frenchman, Pierre Gasly, also entered the points, finishing tenth.
Verstappen now leads the World Cup with 170 points, 53 more than his Mexican teammate; while Alonso is still third in the contest, with 99 points.