Lewis Hamilton claimed his 98th Formula One victory on a weekend in which he also claimed his 100th pole position. Max Verstappen took second place, whilst Valterri Bottas secured the final podium position in Barcelona.
The race was finely poised after another tight qualifying session on Saturday. Lewis Hamilton secured his 100th pole, whilst Max Verstappen once again put up a strong fight to fill in at P2 for the race.
However, it was the Red Bull driver who benefitted from the inside line at the start of the race, as he was able to utilize some slipstream from the Mercedes to firmly place his car ahead of the reigning champion on the first corner.
Pierre Gasly was handed a five-second stop-and-go penalty after the Frenchman had placed his car in front of his designated box at the start of the race.
An early safety car emerged as Yuki Tsunoda lost power to his car, and his Alpha Tauri was stranded on turn 10.
After the restart
The resumption of the race had us on the edge of our seats.
The ongoing battle between Verstappen and Hamilton was once again nail-biting. Mercedes opted for a different strategy to Red Bull as they pulled the pin on a two-stop strategy for Lewis Hamilton, replacing his worn soft tires with two sets of mediums.
Elsewhere in the race, Lando Norris and his McLaren were plodding along quietly, having been shown a black and white flag for track limits. Carlos Sainz of Ferrari was slowly making his way towards the front end of the grid, pulling off some excellent overtakes down the main straight.
The drama ensued as we approached the final ten laps of the race. George Russell somehow lost out to a stampede of cars, with Alonso at the helm in 10th, down to Russell in 15th, all battled for the final championship point.
Gasly would eventually go on to claim the final point of the day, a good recovery considering his early penalty.
At the front of the pack, Lewis was able to charge down the Red Bull and overtake with relative ease, securing victory number 98, with six laps to spare.
As a result, Max Verstappen boxed for some softs tires, in an attempt to secure the fastest lap of the race, which he comfortably achieved.