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Marvellous Max's Maiden Victory

Max Verstappen claimed a marvellous maiden victory at the Circuit de Catalunya in his first race for Red Bull Racing. After suffering large amounts of criticism about his 'premature' move, Max proved that he deserved to be in the team.

Lewis Hamilton began on pole but had the lead snatched from him at Turn 1 by championship leader Nico Rosberg. However it was all about to change going into Turn 2. The two made contact and went spinning into the gravel. Race over for Mercedes before it had really begun!

Daniel Ricciardo took the lead of the race and followed the Safety Car until it was time to go racing again. He fronted a boisterous battle between himself, new teammate Verstappen and Ferrari rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Lap 9 saw Felipe Massa start the first phase of pit stops. All drivers stopped on different laps depending on their chosen stop strategy. Those planning to do three stopped earlier than those going for the dual option. Whe race leader Ricciardo pitted, Verstappen took the lead and showed the F1 community and large crowds what he could do behind the wheel of a Red Bull.

The order amongst the top four continued to change as they recovered from their first pit stops and prepared for their second and third ones. Every time, Verstappen eventually found his way back to the front. Despite pressure from Raikkonen, Verstappen continued to keep his cool and lead the race.

Late race drama effected two of F1's bulls. Firstly local driver Fernando Alonso suffered a power failure in front of his home fans. Then on the final lap, Ricciardo experienced a right rear puncture.

Max Verstappen crossed the line to take his first F1 victory in his first drive for Red Bull. He becomes the youngest ever and first Dutch winner in F1 history.

It is an excellent day for Max and his family and Team Principal Christian Horner, who is also celebrating his first wedding anniversary wife Geri as well as step-daughter Bluebell's 10th birthday.

 

Congratulations to Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing!

 

Driver of the Day: Max Verstappen

Result:

1 Max Verstappen - 1:41.40

2 Kimi Raikkonen

3 Sebastian Vettel

4 Daniel Ricciardo

5 Valterri Bottas

6 Carlos Sainz

7 Sergio Perez

8 Felipe Massa

9 Jenson Button

10 Daniil Kvyat

11 Esteban Gutierrez

12 Marcus Ericsson

13 Jolyon Palmer

14 Kevin Magnussen

15 Felipe Nasr

16 Pascal Wehrlein

17 Rio Haryanto

18 Romain Grosjean  DNF

19 Fernando Alonso  DNF

20 Nico Hulkenburg   DNF

21 Nico Rosberg        DNF

22 Lewis Hamilton     DNF