Max Verstappen has taken a shocking victory on his debut for Red Bull to become the youngest ever Grand Prix and the first Dutch winner at the Spanish Grand Prix. The eighteenth year old who was promoted from Toro Rosso last week managed to hold off the much faster Ferrari in the closing stages.
Mercedes who are the fastest team lost both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap of the race.
Verstappen was under pressure from the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen but hold the former world champions off in the closing stages to win.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Channel 4 “We’re in shock as much as you guys. We knew there was a chance when both Mercedes went off in the first lap but what Max has done is unbelievable.
“Max made a two-stop which was right on the limit and it worked beautifully for him. It is fantastic for F1 to have a new winner, a youngster on the top step of the podium at 18. He can’t even drink the champagne.”
Max’s father and former Grand Prix driver Jos added “The fact he is winning a race in his second year, is unbelievable.”
The Mercedes pair came together at the start as Hamilton tried to pass into turn four but hit the back of Rosberg taking both of them out. The pair have been warned before after a crash at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix.
Rosberg made the better start as Hamilton was behind trying to go down the inside a Turn four but went out onto the grass before spinning into the back of his team-mate taking them both out of the race.
The official stewards investigation concluded that neither driver was totally responsible. Mercedes are also likely to launch their own internal investigation into the accident. Both Hamilton and Rosberg have apologised to the team.
This allowed the Red Bull’s to take the lead of the race and put them into a fantastic battle with Ferrari. The two teams both slit there driver’s strategy but mirrored each other with Verstappen using a two stop strategy to best effect. Verstappen knew Vettel was not going to give up lightly but he managed to stay clam under pressure.
Kimi Raikkonen who was put under pressure as well in a trilling final sint between the Ferrari’s and Red Bull managed to open the gap to his team-mate Vettel and Daniel Riccardo. Riccardo could of lost out after being forced to make a extra pit stop in the closing stages.
Williams Valtteri Bottas finished fifth ahead of Carlos Sainz who managed to early on run with the two Red Bull’s and Ferrari’s. Sergio Perez was seventh ahead of Sainz who proved his ability to race following Verstappen’s promotion to Red Bull.
Felipe Massa recovered from eighteenth to finish eighth, with Jenson Button picking up some valuable points for McLaren in ninth. But Button’s Team-mate Fernando Alonso was forced to retire because of a loss of power from his Honda unit and pulling off the track.
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- Qualifying Result
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- NOTEBOOK – Barcelona Practice
- SPANISH GP – Rosberg tops second Practice from Raikkonen
- SPANISH GP – Vettel Tops a Ferrari One Two from Mercedes in Practice One
- Preview– Spanish Grand Prix
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