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Track Torque: Youngster of the future wins in Spain!


Rod Kinsey reviews the Spanish Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen, who is only 18, stunned everybody with his first ever win in a brand new team to boot.

After Daniil Kvyat was demoted for his transgressions against Sebastian Vettel, Verstappen swapped places with Kvyat and took over his position at Red Bull, in turn giving Kvyat his place at Toro Rosso. 

The race started at the Catalunya circuit with a dramatic incident when the two leading contenders, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took each other out soon after the start. 

Rosberg had taken the lead and Hamilton was closing rapidly onto him as Rosberg took his racing line into the corner, but with an ever decreasing gap the ambitious Hamilton had nowhere to go but off the track and into Rosberg ahead of him.

In one foul swoop the Mercedes team were out of contention. 

Thereafter began a very exciting race between the two Red Bulls of Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo and the red hot Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. 

This was a great challenge which only deteriorated near the end of the race when Ricciardo’s rear tyre deflated, just a lap from home. 

Vettel’s challenge had not worked out strategically because he chose three stops instead of two which proved to be the optimum. 

We enjoyed a race long battle between Raikkonen and Verstappen right to the end.

Verstappen did not put a foot wrong and held off the Ice-Man’s pressure extremely well.

He is the youngest person to ever win a grand prix. 

So the first four positions were Verstappen followed by Raikkonon and Vettel third, followed by Ricciardo. 

Valtteri Bottas in his Williams Merc came home in a well-earned fifth spot with Carlos Sainz was sixth in his Toro Rosso Ferrari and Sergio Perez in seventh in his Force India Mercedes. 

The other Williams driven by Felipe Massa finished eighth after a challenging drive and McLaren were disappointed to only get one car in the top ten with Jensen Button’s ninth spot, after teammate Fernando Alonso retired while in sixth position earlier in the race.

Tenth place was taken by the usually quick Russian who had been demoted to the Toro Rosso team.

The race was exciting from start to finish and we somehow just need the others to close the gap on the super-fast Silver Arrows, to make every race just as exciting. 

The game will be much more equal in a fortnight’s time at Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix where power is not as important as on the faster tracks.

See next week’s preview of the dual of the crown race through the principality which starts at 2pm on Sunday, May 29.

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Article written by Rod Kinsey
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