F1: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, 18 anni, Wins Spanish Grand Prix
Sunday in Barcelona, Dutch teenager Max Verstappen made Formula One history as the youngest winner in a sensational Spanish Grand Prix that saw Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crash out within 30 sec of the start into turn 4.
Mr. Verstappen making his debut for Team Red Bull after being promoted from junior team Toro Rosso a week earlier, beat Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Kimi Raikkonen, and Sebastian Vettel, seasoned champion drivers 2X his age.
Mr. Verstappen was also the youngest driver to stand on the podium and the 1st Dutch race winner since the championship started in Y 1950.
His father Jos, who was 2X on the podium with Benetton as Michael Schumacher’s team mate in Y 1994 and raced against Mr. Raikkonen later in his career, declared it the best day of his life.
“This is really something unbelievably special,” he told reporters.
4X world champion Sebastian Vettel, the previous youngest race winner thanks to his astonishing 2008 Italian Grand Prix victory for Toro Rosso at the age of 21, came 3rd for Ferrari.
Nico Rosberg had his championship points lead pared to 39 points, with Mr. Raikkonen moving up to 2nd ahead of Mr. Hamilton.
Mr. Rosberg’s dream of an 3th successive F1 win, and 5th of the season disappeared in the gravel on the opening lap as he and champion Lewis Hamilton crashed out into turn 4.
The collision ended MercedesAMG’s hopes of extending the team’s winning run to 11 races and equaling McLaren’s Y 1988 record streak of success.
Max Verstappen’s flawless race ruled the day, and was a super “marketing” event for Formula One. The fans when wild!
Mr. Verstappen relished the moment, lingering on the podium after the Ferrari drivers had gone and holding the winner’s trophy high.
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