It was inevitable that something like this was going to happen sooner or later. The pressure on Lewis Hamilton to pull himself back into World Driver Championship contention manifested itself into a third corner clash with team mate Nico Rosberg at yesterday's Spanish Grand Prix, knocking both drivers out of the race.
Quite who was to blame is anyone's guess. Lewis Hamilton exited the corner before the collision much the faster of the two, though Rosberg was entitled to perform one blocking manoeuvre, which he did. It was just unfortunate that the block forced Hamilton onto the grass, where he inevitably lost control and careered into Rosberg. Niki Lauda was vocal with his blame game, suggesting that it was the Briton who was at fault, whilst Toto Wolff was more diplomatic in his interviews with the media.
Up until that point, Hamilton had done everything right over the weekend. Quiet and unassuming, he launched himself into pole position with a wonder lap in the dying seconds of Q3 qualifying (a 1:22:00, a quarter of a second faster than Rosberg in P2).
His penchant for a slow start reared its ugly head yet again on Sunday, however, which allowed Rosberg to swoop in and take the lead on the first corner. From there, Hamilton was only playing catch-up. Perhaps forgetting that there was another 65 laps to rectify the situation, Hamilton brashly launched his car into the closing space coming out of turn two, onto the slippery grass, and before he knew it, he had both hands over his head, sat in the gravel trap, with his team mate also beached just behind him.
Que history in the making. The absense of the two Mercs meant we had a race on our hands at last. Red Bull vs Ferrari, just like the old days. And just like the old days, it was the Red Bulls that came out on top. They're certainly a different outfit this year, having gained some much needed pace, and with the addition of Max Verstappen, there may just be another Drivers' Championship brewing in the team outfit.
The 18 year old did not shy away when presented with the opportunity to make history to become the youngest ever Formula One race winner. He drove like a man double his age, and bar an expected case of the jips during the final lap, the Dutchman bought it home cleanly and easily. A tale to tell for years to come.