Well… That was one hell of a race! And if you’re fed up of hearing about Verstappen there are two things you can do now. 1. Stop reading this. Or 2. Drink every time you see the word Verstappen, your choice.
Hamilton started the race on pole with a time of 1:22 exactly, but by turn 1 Rosberg was leading the race and by turn 4 they had crashed into each other and were out of the race. This meant Red Bull led 1-2 with the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz third, while Daniil Kvyat was down in 11th and later had to give a place back to Nico Hulkenberg for passing under SC. After the first round of pit stops any driver in the top four had a solid chance of winning the race, and amazingly it ended up being Max Verstappen.
So in his first race for Red Bull Max Verstappen won the race and set quite a few new records. He’s the first Dutch driver to lead a race, first Dutch driver to win a race, youngest person to lead a race, youngest person to finish on the podium and the youngest person to win a race. Not only that, but Max Verstappen has won a race at a younger age than any other person in F1 history has even raced. Kimi Raikkonen finished the race in second place and Sebastian Vettel in third, Ricciardo was leading the race for the early part but stopped later than Vettel and more than Verstappen/Raikkonen and was unable to overtake.
While Verstappen was setting records in Kvyat’s old car, Kvyat set one too in his new Toro Rosso. He scored the fastest lap of the race, the first time that a Toro Rosso has set the fastest lap. Felipe Massa only started the race in 18th place after the team sent him back out too late in Q1 but he recovered well in the race to finish eighth, gaining ten places.
With such a mixed up race, the championship tables have changed quite significantly, most notably Hamilton has dropped down to third and Verstappen’s win has taken him up four positions to sixth. Further down the tables Sainz has gained three places and Hulkenberg has yet again dropped down exactly two positions.
Only two changes here, Toro Rosso are ahead of Haas for the first time, and Force India and McLaren have switched positions again.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||NED||25||66||01:28.816||4|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||12||66||01:28.209||3|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||8||66||01:29.663||8|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||6||66||01:29.801||9|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||RUS||1||65||01:26.948||13|
|RET||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||GER||–||22||01:31.810||11|