By Pa Sport Staff
Published: 16:44 BST, 7 May 2021 | Updated: 16:44 BST, 7 May 2021
Lewis Hamilton has told Max Verstappen it is 'game on' as Formula One's title rivals gear up for the fourth chapter of their championship battle in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton holds an eight-point advantage over Verstappen following his second win of the season in Portugal last weekend.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Red Bull started the year with the speediest machinery, but there was an all-too-familiar look to the top of the timesheets at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Friday as Hamilton led team-mate Valtteri Bottas in an ominous Mercedes one-two.
Lewis Hamilton says it is 'game on' between himself and Max Verstappen for the championship
Verstappen finished only ninth after he was forced to abandon his hot lap when he ran wide at the new left-handed turn 10.
Verstappen, already 0.134 seconds slower than Hamilton before the error, elected not to run again, thus handing the initiative to Mercedes.
The Dutchman will mark his 100th appearance on Sunday. Verstappen was only 17 when he was handed his debut by Toro Rosso in 2015.
The following year he was promoted to Red Bull, winning for the team in Spain in his maiden drive after Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out.
The Mercedes star faces his toughest test in years from his Red Bull rival this season
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