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Verstappen makes history in best GP for years

SPORTYOU SPORTYOU 15/05/2016 sportyou
Verstappen hace historia en la mejor carrera en años © Getty Images Verstappen hace historia en la mejor carrera en años

Max Verstappen won a Spanish GP in which the two Mercedes drivers crashed out on the opening lap of the race first after they collided with each other. It was a strategy-led race which saw Vertappen accompanied on the podium by Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel. Fernando Alonso retired  owing to problems with his power unit while Carlos Sainz finished in 6th place.

The race began with an incident between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton on the fourth bend at Montmeló. This collision ended with both Mercedes drivers off the track and opened up the race to the other drivers. In fact, the two Red Bull cars had a clear chance to win, with the two Ferraris running behind Sainz, who was third in his Toro Rosso.

Although he put in a good race, Sainz was no match for the Ferraris and soon the fight for first place and the podium positions were the exclusive preserve of the Red Bull and Ferrari cars. Behind them, Alonso, thanks to the Mercedes accident, worked his way into ninth place, with Felipe Massa chasing him.

Strategy was one of the keys to this Spanish GP and we saw how Ricciardo and Vettel opted for a strategy of three pit stops while Verstappen and Räikkönen chose to make just two. While it was strategy that determined who would go on to the podium, and in what positions, the struggles further down the field produced some delicate moments, such as the dogfight between the Haas and the one between the Saubers, who came close to colliding.

Alonso, who was overtaken by Massa, was coming close to the points positions when the power unit on his McLaren gave out and forced him to retire early from what is his home race. Ricciardo was pushing Vettel close for a podium finish when his back left tyre punctured.

In the end, Verstappen earned the win and the record for the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 1 race at the age of 18 years, 7 months and 16 días. Räikkönen and Vettel completed the podium.

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