How Red Bull's deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain
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How Red Bull's deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

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An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

"It could be Hungary all over again here."

Gianpiero Lambiase called it painfully perfectly as Lewis Hamilton peeled off from behind his charge – Max Verstappen – to pit for a second time with a third of the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix remaining.

In that moment, Red Bull realised Mercedes had set the board in horribly familiar fashion – sending Hamilton on a late-race charge with a tyre-life offset advantage to win the encounter in much the same way he had done at the Hungaroring in 2019.

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