After a rough qualifying session Saturday, Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen drove a strong race to finish second and third in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
The two Ferraris started from the third row Sunday after Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo turned in a memorable lap of Circuit de Catalunya to put his Red Bull in third, while his teammate Verstappen drove a similarly brilliant lap to qualify fourth. When the lights went out the two Red Bulls got away clean while Vettel held fifth and Raikkonen lost position as the field approached Turn 1.
As the two Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton exited Turn 2 in first and second, the Briton attempted to pass the German on the outside and was pushed onto the grass, sending him into a spin that then collected Rosberg and forced them both to DNF. Rosberg was said to be accidentally operating in a low power mode, giving Hamilton about a 17 km/h jump over his teammate at the top of Turn 2.
After the wreck, Ricciardo led Verstappen to green while the two Ferraris sat fourth and fifth. Ferrari put Raikkonen on two stop strategy, with the Fin pitting on Lap 12, while Vettel was put on a three-stop and pitted on Lap 15. Similarly, Red Bull put Ricciardo on a three-stop and Verstappen on a two-stop.
After all drivers had pitted, Verstappen led Raikkonen in first, while Vettel occupied third ahead of Ricciardo. From there on out Verstappen drove a clean race and was never truly challenged by the 36-year Raikkonen, with the young Dutchman crossing the finish line 0.616 seconds ahead of the Ferrari driver. Ricciardo challenged Vettel for third on Lap 59 with a daring pass at Turn 1 but ran wide and was forced to forfeit the position. He finished fourth after suffering a puncture one lap later.
While Ferrari missed out on what could have been an easy victory, the disappointment was slightly overshadowed by Verstappen’s incredible achievement. The 18-year old became both the youngest-ever F1 race winner with Sunday’s result and the first-ever Dutch F1 race winner, sending shockwaves through the sporting world.
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