Between MONTMELÓ, Spain – Max Ferstappen regained a point advantage in Formula One when the reigning world champion beat the Spaniards Grand Prix on Sunday for his third straight win since the victory of Charles Leclerc Ferrari broke while he was comfortable ahead.

Ferstappen needed help Red Bull However, teammate Sergio Perez won for the fourth time this season. Perez led the race after Leclerc refused when his team told him to allow Ferstappen to pass on the 49th with 66th lap.

“It’s unfair, but it’s normal,” Perez told his team.

Perez, who could only get his third career victory, finished second ahead Mercedes‘George Russell in third place.

Ferstappen overtook Leclerc in the standings and is now leading by six points after six races.

“The start of the race was not easy, but we turned it around,” said Ferstappen, who had enjoyed previous victories in Imola and Miami. “Thank you to the team for their excellent work and thanks to Checo (Perez), he is a great teammate.”

Leclerc defended his pole position at the start, and Ferstappen left the track early. But a catastrophe happened when Leclerc’s car lost power on lap 27 when he shouted, “No! No! No! What happened? “

Lewis Hamiltonwho has won here for the previous five years, had a great move to finish fifth after Carlos Sainz of Ferrari after the seven-time world champion was dropped to the back on lap 1 when his Mercedes needed a tire change after hitting Haas Kevin Magnussen.

It seemed that Ferstappen would have to settle for a place on the podium to limit the damage after he left the track and on the gravel – an incident that his team accused of a gust of wind – on the first wheels, throwing him from second to fourth.

For the Dutch driver it got worse when the same DRS flap malfunction reappeared, shattering his chances of trying to hold the final lap in Saturday’s qualifying. He couldn’t get past Russell at the time in an exciting duel.

“We can’t even get the (obscene) DRS to work, it’s unbelievable,” Ferstappen shouted on the team’s radio as Leclerc stepped forward and took on new tires without losing the lead.

But after Leclerc’s race broke down, Ferstappen’s fate changed dramatically.

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