Max Verstappen became the youngest ever Grand Prix winner today at the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Verstappen, 18, who has only just replaced Danill Kyvat at Red Bull Racing, came home to take his first ever win after the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg crashed out in the first lap.

Ricciardo took the lead for Red Bull as the Safety Car came out onto the circuit. Verstappen took the lead as the pit stops shook up the field, but Ricciardo was taken out of contention for the podium in the final few laps due to a right rear puncture.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished second, and his teammate Sebastian Vettel struggled home to finish third on the podium.

Vettel is no stranger to being the youngest Grand Prix winner, taking his first win at a rain-drenched Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo di Monza in 2008, driving for Red Bull Racing’s sister team Toro Rosso.

The race was not without drama, with the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashing out on the first lap as they collided going into turn four on the Catalunya circuit.

Hamilton had started off well from pole position, but Rosberg made a move around the outside into turn one to take first place. As the Mercedes duo started to create a gap to the rest of the field, Hamilton dived to the inside of the track to make a move on teammate Rosberg.

Rosberg, however, had started in the wrong engine mode and was reacting to the problem as Hamilton went for the overtake. The Briton was forced onto the grass where he lost control of his Mercedes W07 and took them both off into the gravel trap and out of the race.

This is the first time the two drivers have clashed since the Belgian Grand Prix in 2014, when Rosberg clipped Hamilton’s rear tyre going into the corner, forcing the Briton to pit with a left-rear tyre puncture.

After the incident happened, the race stewards released a statement to say that the incident would be investigated after the race. A decision was reached not to penalise either driver and to class the collision as a racing incident.

 

Source: Sky Sports F1.

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