Torquing Point: The 2021 Spanish Grand Prix

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Much to the delight of the Torquing Point team, the Spanish Grand Prix actually produced an entertaining race for a change.

That was mainly due to the fight at the front as we were treated to round four of the Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen show. Finley and Henry kick things off by looking at how the Brit ultimately prevailed.

It may have been his team’s excellent strategy call that was the main reason that he won, but that takes nothing away from his drive, with the Mercedes man barely putting a foot wrong all race. Is there any stopping him?

Hamilton didn’t have many issues making his through traffic to catch Verstappen, but one man who didn’t move aside for him was his team-mate, Valtteri Bottas. Does the fact that he’s finally defying team orders show that he’s aware this could well be his final season with the team? Most likely.

Behind the front three, Ferrari and McLaren were once again the stand-out teams, with Charles Leclerc particularly impressive, being a long way ahead of the rest of the midfield all weekend. In fact, he may not have won the official award, but he’s Torquing Point’s Driver of the Day.

Another contender for that award was Daniel Ricciardo, who finished in P6 and had the upper hand on team-mate Lando Norris all weekend. Many expected him to get the better of Norris this season; will he now kick on and do so? It’ll be tight either way, as will the fight between the two teams…

The other team looking best placed to join that fight is Alpine, with the car looking particularly unimpressive in the hands of Esteban Ocon. Fernando Alonso has been unable to match the Frenchman in recent weeks, but should and his fans be worried about his form just yet?

Finally, the PF1 team round things off by paying tribute to the ever-impressive Mick Schumacher, who looked good again, and the various pit-crews of the grid who faced and overcame some rather unusual challenges in Barcelona.

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