Max Verstappen Makes His Dad Proud
Max Verstappen Makes His Dad Proud: His victory in the Spain on Sunday makes him the youngest driver in history to win a Formula 1 grand prix and make his dad a very proud man. He has broken the record set by his predecessor at Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel. And the reason no-one is likely to surpass it is that so young was Verstappen when he made his debut last year that F1 has since set a minimum age of 18 for entry into the sport. The Dutchman’s win was in his first race for the Red Bull senior team, to which he was promoted from Toro Rosso after four races of this season. He had never driven the car until Friday’s first practice on the Circuit de Catalunya – even if he had managed two days in the team’s state-of-the-art simulator. The race was not without its drama as Hamilton and Rosberg took each other out on the first lap.
After that crash, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff was apoplectic and made it clear to both drivers that it must never happen again, that their first responsibility was to make sure they go to the end of the race and never endanger the possibility of the team winning. This time, Wolff admitted to being “angry and upset” but the tone was very different. Then, blame was laid squarely on Rosberg’s “unacceptable conduct”. Now, it was “a very unfortunate racing incident, triggered by various circumstances”. Technically, Rosberg had breached article 27.7 of the sporting regulations, which requires the leading driver to leave room if there is a “significant proportion of the car attempting to pass alongside”. And, technically, one view could be that Hamilton had caused a collision, which is also against the rules. Another TV still, taken shortly before the one we have already mentioned, showed Hamilton still clearly behind and Rosberg angling steeply to the inside – at which point many might have backed out of it. The stewards decided not to penalise either driver, a conclusion based on the speed at which circumstances unfolded.