Stunning Verstappen drive wins dramatic Spanish GP


Max Verstappen marked his first race as a Red Bull driver by becoming the youngest winner in Formula One history at a thrilling Spanish Grand Prix that saw Merecedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collide on the opening lap.

Verstappen, 18, was promoted from Toro Rosso at the expense of Daniil Kvyat following the Russian Grand Prix and capitalised on a chaotic start to clinch a historic win ahead of Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Rosberg and Hamilton had sensationally collided on the approach to turn four, with the German championship leader having overtaken his team-mate around the outside at turn one.

Hamilton spotted a gap down the inside as he desperately attempted to recover P1, but was squeezed onto the grass by Rosberg, spinning as a result and taking both cars out of the race.

The incident left Daniel Ricciardo leading, with Red Bull's strong showing in qualifying having earned them a second-row lock-out.

But Verstappen's strategy, which included a marathon last stint on the medium compound tyre, gave him the advantage, with Ricciardo eventually retiring from fourth with a puncture late on.

And Dutchman Verstappen held on to re-write the history books, breaking his usual ice-cool facade in an emotional radio communication after crossing the line.

Verstappen's victory sees him break the previous record held by Vettel, who was 21 when he won the Italian Grand Prix in 2008.