4 Records Max Verstappen Smashed With His Incredible Spanish GP Win

Despite being just 18 years old, Max Verstappen can now say he is an F1 race winner after claiming victory at the Spanish Grand Prix in extraordinary style for Red Bull

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Image source: Red Bull Content Pool

We all knew a Max Verstappen victory would come at some point. But few expected it to come quite so soon. The Dutch driver was promoted to Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards and he put in an incredible drive to claim victory.

The two Mercedes drivers took each other out on lap one after a dramatic crash. That opened up the door for Red Bull and Ferrari to go head-to-head for victory. Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen completed two-stop races and finished with just six tenths between them.

Sebastian Vettel completed the podium while a late puncture dropped Daniel Ricciardo out of the running, but he recovered to fourth. Here are all the records Verstappen has broken:

1. Youngest ever F1 race leader

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Lap 30 was the first record of the Spanish GP weekend for Verstappen as he became the youngest ever F1 race leader at the age of 18 years, 229 days.

2. Youngest ever F1 podium finisher

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This is the least important of the records but he still has become the youngest driver to ever stand on the F1 podium.

3. Youngest ever F1 race winner

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What a performance and what an achievement. He’s 18, in his second F1 season and has only just passed his driving test. And now he is a winner in the biggest motorsport series in the world.

4. First ever Dutch F1 winner

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Verstappen has also given The Netherlands its maiden F1 win as he becomes the first driver from the country to take victory. In fact, he’s one of only two drivers to finish on the podium. The other is, as it happens, his father Jos, who scored two top three finishes for Benetton in 1994.

To add to his other records…

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Image source: Red Bull Content Pool

Of course, Verstappen is used to breaking records now, becoming the youngest to drive on a race weekend (Japanese GP free practice 2014, 17 years, 3 days), the youngest driver to start an F1 race (Australia 2015, 17 years, 166 days) and the youngest driver to score a point (Malaysia 2015, 17 years, 180 days).