Say 33: Verstappen’s first

The Spanish Grand Prix opens with an exchange of drivers between Red Bull and Toro Rosso: the Russian Kvjat gives way to future star Verstappen and returns to Toro Rosso where he trained.
In the first tests the Ferraris were immediately the fastest, thanks to the soft tyres, while in the second session Rosberg in his Mercedes was very fast with Vettel, third but very satisfied with the behavior of the car in race trim.
In qualifying the Mercedes are immediately the fastest and repeat themselves in all the sessions, putting on a great show. In the final moments of the third heat, Hamilton makes up for some mistakes and wins pole number 52.
At the start, Rosberg starts better than Hamilton, further back Vettel also makes an excellent start and passes Verstappen.
The Silver Arrows arrive at the Repsol corner with Hamilton trying to pass Rosberg. The German closes the trajectory, forcing the “44” to hit the rear of his car, both ending up off the track and retiring.

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The race direction is missing the Safety car on the track with the classification showing the two Red Bulls in the lead followed by Sainz and the Ferraris.
After three laps the safety car returns and after a bit of brawl Sainz gives in to the Ferrari drivers who follow the leading Red Bulls.
When Ricciardo stops in the pits to change tyres, the young Verstappen takes the lead and imitates his teammate after a few laps. Once the tire changes were completed, the Ferraris got close to the Red Bulls but, thanks to their similar performances, they never managed to worry them.
Ricciardo and Vettel decide to change strategy and stop for the second stop while Verstappen and Raikkonen continue very close. On lap 37 the two leaders stop for the pit stop, imitated by Vettel who goes for broke and uses hard tyres. On the track the only one who hasn’t changed tires yet is Ricciardo, in the lead, but not convinced he’ll be able to get to the end with the same tyres. On lap 44 the Australian had to stop with his tires now worn out and returned fourth behind Vettel.

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In the meantime, Verstappen returns to the lead and, despite his young age, drives with the coolness of a consummate champion, repelling Raikkonen’s every attack attempt. Ricciardo also tries to attack Vettel for third position but a tire gives out and forces the friendly Australian to make another pit stop.
Verstappen wins his first race at 18, becoming the youngest driver to win a GP and confirming himself as a driver of the future…world.

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