F1 LIVE: Lewis Hamilton reveals Spanish Grand Prix inspiration and Red Bull explain team orders:

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Max Verstappen triumphed at the Spanish Grand Prix after major drama saw Formula 1 title rival Charles Leclerc retire in Barcelona. There was controversy when Red Bull initiated team orders to push the world champion above Sergio Perez to boost the drivers’ championship hopes, which seemed to rile the Mexican driver. Elsewhere, Mercedes picked up some form as they look to storm back this summer after a troubling start to the F1 season and the W13 car.

Russell took third to land a podium place, despite a late scare with the Silver Arrows issuing a warning that he was a DNF candidate with the dwindling power unit. Lewis Hamilton was fifth, with home favorite Carlos Sainz salvaging some pride for the fans with a fourth place to limit the damage in the constructors’ title race.

Reacting to his heartache, Leclerc said: “I lost power and I had to stop because there was an issue. I do not know yet what the reason is. It hurts. But there are some positives, we have shown that we were quick. ”

While Hamilton added that his fifth place felt like a win: “I was thinking it was impossible to get back into points but the team said no you’re on for eighth,” Hamilton said. “I thought they were being super-optimistic. I’m glad we did not: [retire] and it just shows you never stop and never give up and that’s what I did. A race like that is like a win, and it actually feels better than a win most often when you have come from so far back. ” Follow live reaction, news and updates from the Spanish Grand Prix below:


‘One of the hardest races ever’ says Norris:

Lando Norris underwent medical checks after finishing the Spanish Grand Prix in eighth for McLaren with the Briton suffering from tonsillitis throughout the race.

It was no secret that Norris had been unwell across the Spanish weekend, and the signs were not good when TV pictures showed him looking rather nauseous at the side of the track ahead of the race start.

“Today was tough,” Norris said afterwards. “I was feeling really unwell before the race as I’m suffering with tonsillitis, and that, in combination with the high temperatures, made this one of the hardest races I’ve ever done.

“I’ve been a bit on the backfoot this weekend as most of my energy has been spent fighting off this illness. I’ve had to miss a lot of engineering sessions, which has compromised my weekend, and I definitely wasn’t as prepared for the Grand Prix as I could have been. With that in mind, I’m really pleased to have come out of the race with decent points for the team. ”

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Michael Jones:23 May 2022 13:50:


Lewis Hamilton reveals inspiration behind Spanish Grand Prix comeback:

Having been forced to pit after an early collision with Kevin Magnussen, the Mercedes driver dropped to 19th, more than half-a-minute behind the pack.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton stirred, however, producing a superb drive to work his way up through the field to be running fourth late on.

Michael Jones:23 May 2022 13:42:


Lewis Hamilton reveals inspiration for Spanish Grand Prix comeback:

Lewis Hamilton has revealed how a terminally ill five-year-old fan inspired him to pull off a stunning Spanish Grand Prix comeback.

Hamilton said when asked if he took more satisfaction scrapping for fourth and fifth: “One-hundred per cent!

“A race like that is like a win and feels better, most often, than a win when you have come from so far back. Ultimately, there was a lot of adversity coming from so far back.

“There was a young girl that I spoke to: [on Saturday] who was my inspiration. Isla, a five-year-old that is terminally ill and she said ‘Will you win the race for me’.

“I said I do not know if we will win but I will give it everything. So hopefully for me, that was a bit like a win and I would like to dedicate it to her. ”

Jack Rathborn:23 May 2022 13:30:


Christian Horner defends Red Bull team orders at Spanish Grand Prix:

After the retirement of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc from the lead, Sergio Perez: was asked to relinquish first place by his team, helping to clear the way for: Max Verstappen: to take his third consecutive race win ahead of his teammate.

However Horner has insisted that it was the sensible option, with the team principal not willing to risk potentially missing out on a significant amount of points by letting the drivers fight it out, particularly with DRS working only intermittently.

Michael Jones:23 May 2022 13:18:


Verstappen addresses DRS problems:

A problem with his DRS system was a worrying thought for Max Verstappen who says it was not easy to drive and diagnose the malfunction at the same time as moving up through the field to fight for first place.

“I mean, I could have shouted: [something] back on the radio, but there is nothing you can do. ” he said, “I’m not stupid; once you get the light and the activation beep then you press the… paddle and if it does not open, there’s clearly an issue.

“I spammed it like 50 times at one point on the straight and it’s just not opening, so there was clearly an issue. I tried all different kinds of things: stay off the curb, on the curb, open it a tiny bit later. It was just broken or malfunctioning so yes, we clearly have an issue there on this wing. ”

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Michael Jones:23 May 2022 13:10:


Verstappen enjoyed ‘tough battle’ with Russell:

Max Verstappen earned his third win of the season as part of a one-two finish for Red Bull in the Spanish Grand Prix and broke down his race after the checked flag touching on his DRS issues and how he was left frustrated trying to get past Mercedes ‘George Russell.

“A bit of a race with two halves,” said Verstappen, “because the first 30 laps were very frustrating for me after I went off in Turn 4, first of all, which really caught me by surprise because I did not feel like I was actually braking later or throwing more speed into the corner. But it was very gusty out there today… that caught me out by surprise, that was not ideal of course.

“Of course I was a bit frustrated at the time because I could not get: [Russell] because of DRS issues, but the fight itself was really cool as well. I think that lap where I did go down the outside and George went around the outside and I was around the outside of Turn 3 again, I think that was a really cool fight.

“I look back at it and I’ll smile now; at the time of course I was a little bit frustrated. But it was a really good and tough battle, I think. ”

Michael Jones:23 May 2022 12:57:


‘Like the olden days!’ Lewis Hamilton full of confidence after Spanish Grand Prix comeback:

Lewis Hamilton says his brilliant comeback drive at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix has resurrected his dream of fighting for an eighth world championship.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen raced to his third victory in as many outings after Charles Leclerc was cruelly eliminated from the lead when engine gremlins struck his Ferrari on lap 27 of a sizzling race at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Michael Jones:23 May 2022 12:43:


Christian Horner claims Max Verstappen could have overtaken Sergio Perez despite DRS issues:

Christian Horner has dismissed the potential for Sergio Perez to defend his lead at the Spanish Grand Prix, rather than concede to teammate Max Verstappen after team orders.

“DRS was working intermittently. So it worked one lap not the next, ”Horner told Sky Sports F1.

“And I think from a team point of view, the offset was so great between the two of them. I mean, Max was at that stage, because the tire delts are about two seconds a lap quicker. It just did not make sense to let them fight it out.

“I think we discuss it you know openly, I think he see the race plot,” said Horner of Perez. You see how, I think close to 30 laps to do on that medium tire, which in the end we needed to pit to make sure we covered Russell’s so in the heat of the moment, you’re gonna understand he’s a racing driver. If he wasn’t pushing those things, he’s not doing his job. “

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Michael Jones:23 May 2022 12:30:


Max Verstappen wins Spanish Grand Prix to move top of standings after Charles Leclerc retirement:

The Red Bull driver took advantage of Charles Leclerc’s mechanical failure on lap 27 of 66 before performing out of his skin to deliver his third win in as many races.

Sergio Perez completed a one-two finish for Red Bull, as George Russell secured third, following another fine performance from the young Briton, with Carlos Sainz fourth.

Michael Jones:23 May 2022 12:17:


Kevin Magnussen clarifies ‘heat of the moment’ radio message about Lewis Hamilton:

Magnussen’s Haas took contact from the seven-time world champion’s Mercedes as the Danish driver looked to pass Hamilton at Turn Four in Barcelona having made a strong start.

Michael Jones:23 May 2022 12:06:

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