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Red Bull debutant Verstappen wins in Spain

Red Bull debutant Verstappen wins in Spain
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Monday 16 May 2016, 19:10 PM

The Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday was full of surprises as Red Bull debutant Max Verstappen clinched his maiden victory in Barcelona. Having made the switch with Daniil Kyvat, who moved to sister company Toro Rosso, Verstappen became the youngest driver to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso graduate Verstappen won the Spanish GP at just 18 years and 227 days which beat the earlier record by 2 years and 210 days held by Sebastian Vettel who finished third on Sunday. "It feels amazing. I cannot believe it," Verstappen said. "It was a great race. I have to say thanks to the team for making such a great car. To win straight away in the first race is an amazing feeling.”

Verstappen also became the first person to win a Grand Prix representing the Netherlands in Formula 1. Leading the race for the last 32 laps, Verstappen soaked up enormous pressure from both Ferraris to finish on the top step of the podium.

The other major incident at the Circuit de Catalunya took place on the first lap of the race and involved two championship contenders and team-mates. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took each other out of the running for victory on Sunday after their collision before Turn 4. Hamilton got a good run out of Turn 3 in Rosberg’s slipstream and managed to get the inside line approaching Turn 4. Rosberg defended aggressively leading to Hamilton being pushed onto the grass. The Mercedes lost traction and crashed into its sister car with both silver arrows ending up in the gravel and ending their race subsequently.

 

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