Verstappen on a cloud following maiden Grand Prix win

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With  speed and style, and an incredible level of maturity, Max Verstappen conquered his first ever F1 victory in Barcelona, becoming in the process the youngest ever Grand Prix winner at 18 years and 229 days.

The sensational Dutchman produced a faultless drive for his first drive with Red Bull Racing, perfectly managing his two-spot strategy all afternoon.

Verstappen initially inherited the lead early on when team mate Daniel Ricciardo made his first pit stop.

When leaders Ricciardo and Vettel, who had chosen three-stop strategies, stopped for a third time, Verstappen again led the field on lap 44 from an incisive Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn, half of young Max's age,  shadowed the Red Bull driver for over 20 laps, pulling out all the stops in an attempt to gain an upper hand over the young prodigy.

But Verstappen never put a foot wrong, oblivious to the pressure applied by his Ferrari rival behind him, taking a fairy tale and remarkable maiden  win.

When all was said and done, the youngest Grand Prix winner could hardly believe his achievement.

"It feels amazing. I cannot believe it," said Verstappen.

"It was a great race. I have to say thanks to the team for making such a great car. To win straight away in the first race is an amazing feeling.

"On the first stint on the soft tyres I could keep up quite well, but at some point when you are so close behind the first you strat to destroy the tyres. So I lost a bit of ground and decided to pit.

"On the medium tyres, the car felt great and from there on I just managed my speed and tyres, and it was a case of not making mistakes.

"This race felt like an endurance race to me, especially the last 10 laps. I couldn't believe I was leading the race.

"Today everything went well, I could hold onto the tyres, we did the best strategy possible."

The day's winner naturally paid tribute to his father Jos Verstappen who has been instrumental in inspiring his son and managing his successful steps up the motor racing ladder.

"From a very young age my dad helped me a lot and to achieve this is amazing."

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