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Max Verstappen Wins Dramatic Spanish F1 GP After Engine Failure Of Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen Wins Dramatic Spanish F1 GP After Engine Failure Of Charles Leclerc

Leclerc had looked on course to take victory in Barcelona as he held a comfortable lead in the opening phase of the race, after title rival Max Verstappen had lost time with a trip across the gravel and dropped down the order.

But, on lap 27, with a lead of more than 11 seconds, Leclerc abruptly slowed when his car lost power under acceleration halfway around the lap.

The Monegasque immediately headed for the pits and was out of the race, handing Verstappen the opportunity to go on and take a win that has moved him to the top of the F1 drivers' standings.

"It was an unexpected problem," he explained. "I think we first learned it from Charles, who was on the radio, and then from the engineers who were looking at the data." So it was really unexpected.

Verstappen's 24th victory in F1 took the Dutchman to 110 points in the drivers' rankings heading into the Monaco Grand Prix later this month, where Leclerc will be desperate to lick his wounds at his home race.

"It is a shame. In those moments I feel like there is nothing more I can do apart from looking at the positives and there are plenty this weekend," Leclerc said.

"We will look at this issue and we cannot afford for this to happen many times in the season so we need to find the problem."