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Another weekend of perfection for the reigning world champion. Pole position, race victory and the fastest lap. Unstoppable.

A fine weekend from Hamilton – on a circuit where it has enjoyed great success historically. The main flaw of his weekend was his last lap in Q3, with an error at turn 10 which cost him second place on the grid.

After poor qualifying, Russell put in a great performance on race day. He rose through the ranks quickly before fending off the fastest Red Bull in the closing laps to secure his maiden F1 2023 podium.

Given Red Bull’s dominance this season, a third race in seven that Perez has failed to finish on the podium. He struggled for pace throughout practice as a scrappy qualifying session left him 11th on the grid. Eventually he was beaten by both Mercedes drivers.

As teammate Leclerc struggled for pace, Sainz took the opportunity to secure second place on the grid. Ferrari didn’t have the pace of Red Bull or Mercedes, so going down to fifth was inevitable.

This weekend was arguably Stroll’s best of the year as he qualified and edged out Alonso for the first time in 2023. The Canadian raced to third place on the opening lap but couldn’t maintain it as Aston Martin surprisingly struggled for the race. pace.

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Alonso endured his worst weekend of the season with an unusual error in Q1. He suffered ground damage that compromised the rest of his qualifying. With Aston Martin lacking overall race pace, he could only come back to seventh place behind his teammate.

Esteban Ocon – 7

Another solid weekend from Ocon to drive home crucial points for Alpine to finish fifth overall in the Constructors’ Championship.

Zhou Guanyu – 8.5

Zhou was the unsung hero of the Spanish GP weekend. Quicker than Bottas in qualifying, Zhou earned Alfa Romeo’s third point of the year with a ninth-place finish.

Pierre Gasly – 6.5

After playing in qualifying, Gasly’s good work was undone by two troublesome fouls, resulting in two three-place grid penalties. After a bad lap 1, he struggled to move up the field.

Charles Leclerc – 3

A generally torrid weekend for Leclerc. Eliminated in Q1 – and he failed to finish in the top 10 of the race. He will scratch his head.

Yuki Tsunoda – 7

Tsunoda crossed the finish line in ninth place but fell outside the points after taking – in our opinion – a stiff five-second penalty for forcing Zhou off the track. That aside, it was another impressive weekend from the AlphaTauri rider.

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Oscar Piastri – 6.5

Piastri was in the battle for the top 10 at Barcelona, ​​but poor strategy from McLaren – stopping him later – saw him lose crucial track position.

Nyck de Vries – 5

A few qualifying laps for de Vries. Overall, he was (still) a step behind Tsunoda.

Nico Hulkenberg – 6.5

Hulkenberg was blistering in qualifying, but lacked overall race pace. A story from his return to F1 so far.

Alex Albon – 6.5

Williams didn’t have the rhythm at Barcelona with their apparent lack of support. Albon was still the faster of the two Williams.

Kevin Magnussen – 6

Slower than his teammate Hulkenberg in qualifying, he is doing better in the race. However, Haas was simply too slow.

Lando Norris – 6

After playing in qualifying, Norris’ good work was undone in the opening round. He was caught by Hamilton, who had to back out in the opening sequence of corners, damaging his front wing in the process.

Valtteri Bottas – 4.5

Bottas had good pace in training but struggled with the handling of his Alfa Romeo in wet conditions. He spent most of the race running behind.

Logan Sargeant – 5

An unspectacular weekend from the American rookie.


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