Lewis Hamilton’s win at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday saw the Briton equal his hero Ayrton Senna’s record of five successive race victories at the same circuit as he became only the second Formula One driver ever to achieve that feat.
Hamilton produced a sensational drive to overtake Max Verstappen late on, having lost his spot to the Dutchman at the first corner on the opening lap.
A 22-second deficit was closed by the Mercedes driver to pass Verstappen with six laps to go.
This took Hamilton to 98 career victories and increases his lead in the championship to 14 points.
And his win was his fifth in as many years in Barcelona and sees him match Senna’s feat of five straight triumphs in Monaco between 1989 and 1993.
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“After that I was just hunting. I was so close for so long and I didn’t think in doing that I was going to be able to make the tyres last.
“But I managed to keep them in somehow. It was a long way to come back from 20 odd seconds but it was a good gamble. A really great strategy from the team.
“It was the plan all weekend to make sure we had two mediums if we had to do a two-stop even though a one-stop potentially looked better.
“I know from experience here that a one-stop is very, very hard to pull off. As soon as we had the pace that we had I knew as soon as I could get past, if I could…
“I was about to have a shot at getting past him before I pitted right at the end and I was really conflicted. ‘Do I come in or I do ignore the call and stay out?’
“Obviously I did what the team asked and naturally that’s because there’s a great trust between us.
“Just a remarkable job by everyone in this team through and through. Yeah, what a day.”
Despite Mercedes’ third victory from four races this season, Red Bull’s Christian Horner felt there were positives to take.
He said to Sky Sports: “It is great we have made that step forward and are giving these guys [Mercedes] a hard time.
“They have had it so easy the last five, six years. It is good for F1. We are not going to give up.”