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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands lifts the trophy after winning the Spanish GP at the Barcelona. Emilio Morenatti/AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands lifts the trophy after winning the Spanish GP at the Barcelona. Emilio Morenatti/AP)

Max Verstappen becomes youngest F1 winner after Mercedes crash

Max Verstappen became the youngest driver in F1 history to win a grand prix after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg both crashed out on the opening lap

Barcelona: Max Verstappen of Red Bull became Formula One’s youngest race winner at age 18 with a victory at the Spanish Grand Prix after Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed into each other in the first lap on Sunday.

Verstappen took advantage of the early crash involving the favourites and held on for the victory only a few days after moving up from feeder team Toro Rosso in a controversial driver switch with Daniil Kvyat.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was second and teammate Sebastian Vettel third.

Hamilton was in pole position but was overtaken by Rosberg at the start, and when the British driver tried to regain the lead, he appeared to be blocked by his teammate and both cars touched going into Turn 4.

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