Mon, Jun 5, 2023 5:01 AM
By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer
MADRID (AP) — Mercedes has come out of Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix with increased confidence after showing significant progress and finishing ahead of Aston Martin and Ferrari. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen put on another dominant performance to win Sunday’s race from pole position but Mercedes took a big step forward with Lewis Hamilton finishing second and teammate George Russell third to give the team its first double podium finish of the season. Mercedes acknowledges that the gap to Red Bull remains significant but there was optimism after the team’s much-anticipated upgrade package showed it has the potential to keep the team ahead of Aston Martin and Ferrari.