“He was a fu***ng star even back then,” Red Bull fans left nostalgic about Max Verstappen’s maiden F1 win at Spanish GP 2016

Red Bull fans appear to be nostalgic about Max Verstappen's maiden F1 win in the 2016 Spanish GP ahead of the 2022 Spanish GP

Max Verstappen after winning the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix
Max Verstappen after winning the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix

The 2016 Spanish Grand Prix was held on May 15, 2016 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmeló, Spain. The race was the fifth round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship and the 46th running of the Spanish Grand Prix as a Formula One World Championship session.

Max Verstappen won his first race for Red Bull after swapping his Toro Rosso seat with Daniil Kvyat prior to the event. Verstappen broke Sebastian Vettel’s past record by becoming the youngest ever winner, youngest driver to end up on the podium, and youngest driver to lead a lap of a Formula One race at the age of 18 years and 228 days. In the process, he became the first Dutchman to win a Grand Prix and the first Grand Prix winner born in the 1990s.

The news broke of the swap just four days after Kvyat sparked controversy on the opening lap of his home Russian GP by colliding two times with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, provoking a domino effect that saw teammate Daniel Ricciardo retreat from the race.

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Max Verstappen’s maiden F1 win at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix revisited

Max Verstappen on the podium after winning the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix
Max Verstappen on the podium after winning the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix

In a perfect scenario, Red Bull would not have thrown Verstappen into the RB12 without somehow putting him through track test results. The Dutchman was unconcerned by his unexpected promotion to F1’s top level after only 23 starts for Toro Rosso at the moment.

“I wouldn’t say there’s more pressure to be honest. Of course I’m driving for a top team now, but in the end you always try to do your best which is what I always try to do. For me, I don’t feel more pressure,” said the Dutchman ahead of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

His maiden F1 win at Barcelona in 2016 has made fans very nostalgic ahead of the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix which will take place in the same circuit from 20 May-22 May 2022. Max Verstappen is currently separated from the top of the drivers’ leaderboard by Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc with a mere gap of 19 points.

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