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Nico Rosberg's rage as Lewis Hamilton crash lets Max Verstappen secure first win

Nico Rosberg believes he was robbed of a certain victory following his sensational opening-lap collision with Lewis Hamilton in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

Pole-sitter Hamilton lost the lead and then lost control of his car, crashing into Rosberg, before both drivers ended up in the gravel trap in what is likely to be the defining image of the season.

Max Verstappen, the 18-year-old making his debut for Red Bull, capitalised on the crash to become Formula One's youngest-ever winner ahead of the Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

But while the Dutchman, who only obtained his road driving licence in September, must be lauded for the maturity of his drive, his achievement has somewhat been overshadowed by the incredible scenes at Mercedes.

"I was really ecstatic about the first-corner move, to get the lead, and from then I was sure it was my race to win," a frustrated Rosberg said. "I saw Lewis closing in and I closed the door so I was very surprised that he went for it."

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