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Teenager Verstappen wins maiden Grand Prix in Spain

Infiniti Red Bull racing driver Max Verstappen pictured during the during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo outside Barcelona on May 15, 2016 (AFP Photo/Tom Gandolfini)

Infiniti Red Bull racing driver Max Verstappen pictured during the during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo outside Barcelona on May 15, 2016 (AFP Photo/Tom Gandolfini)

BARCELONA, Spain, May 15 -Teenager Max Verstappen became the youngest ever Formula One winner on Sunday when he took full advantage of a spectacular first lap crash that eliminated both Mercedes cars and drove to triumph in the Spanish Grand Prix.

In his maiden outing with the Red Bull team following his unexpected promotion from Toro Rosso, the 18-year-old Dutchman showed supreme composure under pressure as he resisted all attacks to claim a memorable victory in only his 24th F1 race.

He became the youngest race winner, replacing four-time champion Sebastian Vettel who had also taken that record as a Red Bull driver.

Verstappen, heralded as the sport’s hottest property, proved he has everything required to be a future world champion, but owed some of his good fortune also to Red Bull’s decision to put him on a three-stop strategy while his senior team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was on a two-stop plan.

That prevented the Australian from turning his early control of the race into victory after the opening lap collision between championship leader Nico Rosberg and his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had left them fuming in a gravel trap at Turn Four and out of the race.

Ricciardo eventually came home fourth, despite suffering a puncture on the penultimate 65th lap, behind the two Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen who finished second ahead of Vettel.

Verstappen’s maiden win on his Red Bull debut was the first in the sport by a Dutchman and the first by the team without Vettel involved in one of their cars.

“It’s unbelievable, I can’t believe this,” said Verstappen’s father Jos, who on Saturday had announced he had stood down as his son’s manager.

Valtteri Bottas came home fifth for Williams ahead of Carlos Sainz in a Toro Rosso, Sergio Perez of Force India, Felipe Massa in the second Williams, Jenson Button of McLaren and Daniil Kvyat on his return to Toro Rosso.

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  1. Mwasaru

    March 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Do you have to say Muturi of Uhurus Jubilee??? Just say Muturi of Jubilee alliance-:))))

  2. Gathii

    March 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Dear Marende stop attributing your loss to other events. This is a jubilee year and if you are not part of the jubilee, then you will lose. No hard feelings but we will be philanthropic to you when we meet out there!

  3. Kwessi Pratt

    March 30, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Marende was never fit to be a Speaker. His rulings mostly bordered on breach of law and natural justice. They were quickly fraudently crowned “solomonic” by vested party interests. When Raila purported to appoint himself leader of business in the house, it was clearly against the law. In a democratic country, no individual can appoint himself to any office in whatever guise. President for instance, is appointed by the people then in the case of just lapsing national accord, he appoints PM and other ministers. So are other constitutional offices. An institution has to appoint someone. In his famous purported “solomomnic” ruling, Marende out of party loyalty, allowed Raila to appoint himself in the process blocking presidency’s appointee. It was totally wrong and maliciously self-serving to do so. Now that he lost the post, he should give Kenyans a break. If he believed Kenyans were with him in those fake rulings, he was utterly mistaken!!!!

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