The bulls were on a rampage at
the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona as the champion team Mercedes crashed out
in Lap 1, after the cars of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided, sending
the two world champions packing off as the race began.
It was a red letter day for Red
Bull’s 18-year-old Max Emilian Verstappen as he drove magnificently to win the
Barcelona Formula One race on a hot day which saw a lot of drama on and off the
field. While Verstappen made history (he is the youngest F1 champion), his team
mate Daniel Ricciardo who was among the contenders in the initial part of the
race had to be content with a fourth, while the Ferarri pair of Kimi Raikkonen
and Sebastian Vettel came in second and third respectively.
The young Verstappen jumped
out of his car at the parc ferme, celebrating wildly with his mechanics as he
bathed in a sea of smiles. The marshals bowed to the winner for his composure in
this pressure packed race. As he came out he is embraced by Vettel, the man
whose record he just took as F1’s youngest winner. For the first time in
history, the Dutch anthem payed out for a Grand Prix winner.
The Performance Chart: F1
Red Bull Racing
The Barcelona Formula 1 race began
with great expectations with Nico Rosberg arriving in Spain with a 43 point
lead over Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton was in pole position after
the qualifying. Rosberg hoped to grab his eight straight win. Before the race
began, all were aware that there had been nine different winners in the past
nine races in Barcelona. Ricciardo, Verstappen, Bottas and Sainz were the prime
But everything went wild and
bad as the Mercedes teammates crashed into each other just as the race had got
into the first lap. They were both out of the race. As the safety car pulled
up, there was high drama as Hamilton threw his steering wheel from the car and Rosberg
swept his gloves in frustration. Both had thier helmets on, the traditional
sign of F1 anger.
Immediately Ricciardo led for
Red Bull with team mate Verstappen on his heels. Sainz was third for Toro
Rosso. That was just the start and soon
thereafter the Ferrari drivers took over and the rest, as they say, was
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