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Verstappen still in state of shock after becoming youngest ever F1 winner

Max Verstappen still can't come to terms with what he's achieved. Credit: PA

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen says he's still pinching himself after becoming the youngest ever winner of a Formula One race.

The 18-year-old, who only passed his driving test last September, shocked the world to pull off one of the great sporting upsets at the Spanish Grand Prix yesterday.

Verstappen is drenched in champagne on the podium. Credit: PA

His cause was helped by the early exits of Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who crashed on the first lap at the Circuit de Catalunya, but Verstappen still had to beat a host of experienced competitors.

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How old Max Verstappen was when he won the Spanish Grand Prix.

In the end, he held off the challenge of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel to complete an historic victory.

Verstappen's triumph means he beat the previous record, which was set in 2008 by Vettel while he was at Red Bull, by more than two years.

Sebastian Vettel was the previous record holder - a feat he also achieved with Red Bull. Credit: PA

Youngest F1 winners

  • 1.) Max Verstappen - 18 years, 228 days (2016 Spanish Grand Prix)
  • 2.) Sebastian Vettel - 21 years, 73 days (2008 Italian Grand Prix)
  • 3.) Fernando Alonso - 22 years, 26 days (2003 Hungarian Grand Prix)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Verstappen can go on to follow in Vettel's footsteps and secure the Milton Keynes based-team a World Championship in the future.

There an awful lot of similarities from when Sebastian joined the team.

The mechanics were telling me that even the way he gets in the car is similar, the same side, and the way he pulls his knee up to get in the chassis.

But he's his own man as well and he's a very together young guy. You'd never think he was 18.

He's been quick, measured and mature. He's defended incredibly well against a seasoned pro like Kimi and to score his first grand prix victory, becoming the youngest victor on his debut for the team, is fairytale stuff.

– Christian Horner, Red Bull team Principal