Verstappen claims historic GP victory in Spain

Max Verstappen celebrates with the team in the pit lane

Max Verstappen celebrates with the team in the pit lane

Max Verstappen became the youngest driver to win a Formula One race when he scored a sensational victory on his debut for Red Bull Racing at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen kept Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at bay for almost a third of the race to score a famous win after the two Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the race on the opening lap.

Verstappen had been switched from Toro Rosso to replace Daniil Kvyat after the Russian Grand Prix and he went on to produce the most astonishing victory in Formula One history.

“It feels amazing I can’t believe it, it was a great race,” Verstappen said after the race. “To win straight away in the first race it was amazing.”

After team mate Daniel Ricciardo pitted to hand him the lead, Verstappen never looked back and finished ahead of Raikkonen by six tenths of a second with the second Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel in third on the podium.

Ricciardo, who suffered a puncture on the last lap, finished fourth place with Valtteri Bottas in fifth for Williams.

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