Lewis Hamilton thought about not making his crucial second pit stop during the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

Due to a sophisticated strategy, the Mercedes driver beat Max Verstappen and thus won the race.

"I know from experience that a one-stop strategy is very difficult to implement here," Hamilton said shortly after the race.

"The moment I was called in, I was very close behind Max and seemed to be able to catch up with him. I doubted whether it would be the right choice to come in and thought about staying outside. "

"In the end I answered the team's call because I have a lot of confidence in it. The choice to quit was a bit of a gamble, but in the end it worked out great."

Hamilton switched to the soft tire and closed half a minute behind Verstappen at breakneck speed.

The 36-year-old Briton outwitted Verstappen in the final phase and thus took his second win of the season.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen turned it into an exciting show at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen turned it into an exciting show at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday.

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'Red Bull starts better than us'

Verstappen initially gave Hamilton a difficult afternoon by taking the lead in the first corner.

"It was very close there," Hamilton continued at

Ziggo Sport

.

"When it comes to starting, Red Bull is doing better than us. We seem to have lost a bit in that area and are working hard to improve."

"Max was in the first corner in my blind spot. If I had sent in, he would have hit me, so I had to give him space. And afterwards that was the right decision. A Grand Prix is ​​not a sprint for me, but a marathon. I've learned that over the years. "

Hamilton came to 94 points through his victory and now has fourteen points more than Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas is in third place with 47 points.

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