Max Verstappen’s victory in Spanish GP in his first race appearance for Red Bull was an extraordinary achievement, where he become the youngest winner in the Formula One history.
The 18-year-old Verstappen was promoted from Toro Rosso as Daniil Kvyat’s replacement after the Russian Grand Prix incident and capitalized on a dramatic start to clinch a win ahead of Ferrari.
It’s a tough fight for Red Bull driver with track leader Mercedes looking for another world title. Mercedes has some of the best F1 drivers on the race track today, but the growing rivalry between their two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, has caused them a lot of troubles.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were battling for position on the run to Turn 4 when reigning champion Rosberg tried the “unthinkable”, blocking the door and prevent his teammate Lewis Hamilton from entering. But this strategy has brought serious trouble for the Mercedes team, it forced Hamilton to the grass, where he lost control of the car, spinning around and finally colliding with his own teammate.
It all started when Hamilton spotted a gap inside and has tried to recover P1, but Hamilton was blocked and forced the grass by teammate Rosberg, spinning out of control as a result and taking both cars out of the race. It’s a simple error that caused Mercedes another world title, ending their race track’s dominance and winning streak.
The incident left Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo leading, with Red Bull’s strong performance in qualifying rounds having earned them a second-row lock-out.
Verstappen’s strategy, which according to reports include a marathon last stint on the medium compound tyre, gave him a clear advantage in the race, with Ricciardo eventually retiring from fourth with a puncture late on.
This is not an ordinary race for the young Verstappen, he needs to think smart and outrace the Ferrari duo. But despite being under huge pressure from the Ferraris, Verstappen has managed to control the race and has just enough speed to stay ahead of the raging Ferrari.
Overall, the Dutchman has won the Spanish GP and went on to rewrite the F1 history books by becoming the youngest winner in the history of Formula One racing. Verstappen’s extraordinary achievement in Spanish GP has also seen him break the previous record held by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was aged 21 only when he won the Italian Grand Prix in 2008.
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