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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo battle for position at the start during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo battle for position into the first corner during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo battle for position into the first corner during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton of Britain, foreground left, and Nico Rosberg of Germany, foreground right, enter the first curve during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, just outside Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo, Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer and the rest of the field at the start during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg (R) leads after the start of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona. / AFP / JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives the Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari and Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: The broken cars of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after they crashed into each other on the first lap during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: The car of Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP on a truck after he crashed on the first lap during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo (R) follows the safety car after the start of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg crashed out of the Spanish Grand Prix when their Mercedes' collided on the first lap. Hamilton started from pole but was quickly overtaken by his German teammate. / AFP / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives the Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer ahead of Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track ahead of Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo and Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060/5 turbo leads Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Felipe Massa of Brazil drives the 9 Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Honda's British driver Jenson Button competes at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Williams Martini Racing's Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas competes at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • HAAS F1 Team's Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez drives ahead of Renault Sport F1 Team's British driver Jolyon Palmer (R) and Sauber F1 Team's Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read TOM GANDOLFINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Renault Sport F1 Team's British driver Jolyon Palmer drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read TOM GANDOLFINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (L) and Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drive at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read TOM GANDOLFINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer leads Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault RS16 Renault RE16 turbo leads Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico driving the (21) Haas F1 Team Haas-Ferrari VF-16 Ferrari 059/5 turbo on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen competes at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Sauber F1 Team's Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson drives ahead of Williams Martini Racing's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (R), Manor's Racing's German driver Pascal Wehrlein (2L) and Manor Racing's Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read TOM GANDOLFINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM09 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads Jenson Button of Great Britain driving the (22) McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team McLaren MP4-31 Honda RA616H Hybrid turbo on track during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Infiniti Red Bull's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen competes at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Infiniti Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo (R) drives followed by Infiniti Red Bull racing's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Sahara Force India F1 Team's German driver Nico Hulkenberg (R) and Renault Sport F1 Team's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen drive at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read TOM GANDOLFINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Valtteri Bottas of Finland drives the 7 Williams Martini Racing Williams FW38 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • HAAS F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read TOM GANDOLFINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read TOM GANDOLFINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Sahara Force India F1 Team's Mexican driver Sergio Perez drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read TOM GANDOLFINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Infiniti Red Bull's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen (C) wins ahead of Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates his first F1 win on the podium with Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing gets sprayed with champagne on the podium during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrate on the podium during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • MONTMELO, SPAIN - MAY 15: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates his first F1 win with his father, Jos Verstappen during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit and the Hungaroring fly the flag for processional races, yet Spain's Circuit de Catalunya is arguably as bad. Before this weekend, the pole-sitter won the race 19 times out of the last 25 years. The front row of the grid produced 23 winners in the past 25 years. The racing gods edited that script this year, when a first-lap crash and two mid-race strategy changes kept things open until the end of the 66-lap race.

The broken cars of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after they crashed into each other on the first lap during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

It started when Mercedes-AMG Petronas teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took each other out on Lap 1. After Rosberg passed pole-sitter Hamilton into Turn 1, Rosberg's car slowed through Turn 3, somehow in the wrong mode. Hamilton closed in on Rosberg so quickly that once the Brit ducked inside for the pass, he couldn't back out. Rosberg, however, closed the door so suddenly that Hamilton had no choice but to drive onto the grass. When Hamilton spun, he collected Rosberg and both Mercedes' ended up in the gravel trap. The stewards deemed it a racing incident.

The crash put Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in the lead, followed by Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz and the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. Both Ferraris cleared Sainz by Lap 10, leaving 56 laps for them to haul in the Red Bulls.

 Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives the Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer ahead of Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.

Ferrari loosely followed Red Bull's pit strategies. Ricciardo pitted on Laps 11 and 28, Vettel pitted on Laps 15 and 37. Verstappen pitted on Laps 12 and 35, Räikkönen pitted on Laps 13 and 36. Pirelli predicted a three-stop race as the fastest and that the medium tire could only go about 23 laps. Verstappen and Räikkönen didn't get those memos. So while Ricciardo and Vettel came in for third stops the Dutchman and the Finn stayed out, with Verstappen ahead of Räikkönen at the front of the race as of Lap 43.

Red Bull's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen (C) wins ahead of Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 15, 2016 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.

That's when Verstappen – 18 years and 227 days old – proved how good a driver he is, lapping perfectly as second-place Räikkönen closed the gap to a little more than half a second. The Finn still couldn't get past the Dutchman down the pit straight even with the help of DRS, nor under braking at the only real passing opportunity into Turn 1. At the end of Lap 66 Verstappen crossed the line ahead of Räikkönen, a victorious end to Verstappen's first race weekend after being promoted to Red Bull. Further back, Vettel and Ricciardo fought for scraps, the German staying ahead to finish third. The frustrated Aussie endured a late puncture for the second race in a row but managed to finish fourth.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, in fifth since Lap 11, finished fifth 55 laps later. Sainz earned an excellent sixth place for Toro Rosso, ahead of Sergio Perez for Force India, Felipe Massa in the second Williams, Jenson Button scoring more points for McLaren in ninth, and Daniil Kvyat winging home a late charge to finish tenth in his first weekend back at Toro Rosso.

Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates his first F1 win on the podium with Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

The Mercedes double elimination – the Silver Arrows' first since Australia in 2011 – led to a bunch of firsts. Verstappen is the youngest driver to lead or win a grand prix – Vettel was 21 years old when he won in Monza in 2008 – and the first Dutchman to win a grand prix. Max is the second Dutchman to stand on the podium; his father Jos was the first. Max is the tenth different Spanish Grand Prix winner in ten races there, giving Red Bull its first victory without Vettel on the team. The Red Bull-Ferrari podium meant we didn't hear the German National Anthem for the first time since Spa in 2014, the last time Rosberg and Hamilton clobbered one another on the opening lap. Speaking of Rosberg, the rumor is that Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche confirmed Rosberg will continue with Mercedes next year.

Over in the red camp, rumor mongers believe Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene is on the hot seat. The scuderia remains off Mercedes' pace, and now might have Red Bull to deal with as the best of the rest. Fiat CEO and Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne countered the rumor by saying his confidence in Arrivabene is "beyond any question."

Rosberg stays atop the Driver's Championship leaderboard with 100 points, Räikkönen jumps into second with 61 points, ahead of Hamilton with 57. Vettel and Ricciardo are now tied in fourth place with 48 points each.

Mercedes stands pat at 157 points in the Constructor's Championship, Ferrari closes in at 109 points, and Red Bull's 94 points gets it out ahead of Williams. The Mercedes snafu means Williams is the only team left to get each car home in the points so far this year. The next race happens in two weeks, another slow-speed feast in Monaco. We'll see you then.

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