The Spanish Grand Prix looked set to be a genuine fight between Mercedes and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, but it turned into another routine Lewis Hamilton victory.
What happened to Red Bull’s challenge?
“Bring on the heat!” That was Toto Wolff’s message to rival team boss Christian Horner when they met under the podium following the Spanish Grand Prix.
Above them, Lewis Hamilton stood victorious on the top step, fresh from a crushing 24-second victory over Max Verstappen in the intense heat of the Spanish summer. Less than 24 hours earlier, Wolff had told journalists he was convinced the hot conditions would play into Red Bull’s hands over a race distance. Red Bull had looked quicker than Mercedes on heavy fuel on Friday and it fitted the narrative from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix that the W11 has a genuine weakness in the heat.
But 16 laps in to the race, it was clear Verstappen’s pace was no