Verstappen: youngest F1™ race winner in history!
Günther: Third podium this season

Very well done, Max Verstappen! His first F1™ Podium finish right away was a victory for the young “flying” Dutchman”. The FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI 2016 was his maiden race with Red Bull Racing after he was unexpectedly promoted from Toro Rosso. At 18 years and 228 days Verstappen drove a supreme race, withstanding all pressure from former World Champion Kimi Räikkönen chasing him to the Finish in only his 24th F1™ race. As youngest ever race winner Verstappen replaced four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

congratulations-max-verstappen-and-maxi-guenther-neuschwansteiner-03“It’s a very special feeling. Of course I didn’t expect to win,” said Verstappen with a huge smile, “to hear the Dutch national anthem for the first time in Formula One™, I have to think about my dad for sure and I heard he was crying, so yeah it’s unbelievable.

I will for sure remember this and at the moment it’s just a great feeling. It’s amazing; I have no words for it. It was very good company on the podium, I mean Kimi even raced against my dad, so it’s very funny!”

Christian Seitz, CEO and founder of The World of Neuschwansteiner said: “Congratulations to Max! What an amazing race! This F1™-season truly proves to be extremely exciting! We very much look forward to be in Monaco for the upcoming Grand Prix™, the social highlight on the calendar! We would at this occasion also like to repeat our thanks to Max for being so nice to sign our special Neuschwansteiner bottle for ZOOM Charity!”


Watch this space with soon some exciting news about our new adventures of The World of Neuschwansteiner back in Monte Carlo.

Standings after Five of 21 F1™ races

Nico Rosberg 100
Kimi Räikkönen 61
Lewis Hamilton 57
Sebastian Vettel 48
Daniel Ricciardo 48
Max Verstappen 38
Felipe Massa 36
Valtteri Bottas 29
Daniil Kvyat 22
Romain Grosjean 22


Mercedes 157
Ferrari 109
Red Bull-TAG Heuer 94
Williams-Mercedes 65
Toro Rosso-Ferrari 26
Haas-Ferrari 22
Force India-Mercedes 14
McLaren 12
Renault 6
Sauber-Ferrari 0


Congratulations to Maximilian Günther:
Podium success in prestigious Grand Prix de Pau

Third podium this season for Maximilian Günther

Return to the scene of championship success in the Formula 3 for Maximilian Günther.

In tricky weather conditions, 18-year-old Günther repeated his podium finish from last year in the prestigious Grand Prix de Pau in France and secured his third podium finish of the season after previously taking two wins. The Prema Powerteam driver is in second place overall in the championship.


Maxi commented: I came to Pau as overall leader and would have liked to have left still in the top spot, for sure. However, I won’t let this minor setback discourage me, on the contrary. Our car has been fast on all the circuits we’ve raced on so far, which makes me feel confident about the races to come. Plus, the deficit on my team-mate, Lance Stroll, is not that big. I’m still well placed after three out of ten race weekends.“

congratulations-max-verstappen-and-maxi-guenther-neuschwansteiner-06Maxi is currently the only German driver in the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. For us he is also “close to home” since he actually comes from the Allgäu region, not far from our beautiful Neuschwanstein castle.

The fourth round at the Red Bull Ring is in prospect next weekend. Maximilian Günther looks ahead: “I’ve got a score to settle in the Formula 3 at Spielberg. Things didn’t go well for me there last year, but I really like the track. I’ve finished on the podium in the Formel ADAC several times there and would like to do it again in F3. Moreover, it’s a bit of a home race for me. My mother is Austrian, so I have Austrian roots. Also, the alpine landscape around Spielberg reminds me of my home in the Allgäu.”

Christian Seitz, CEO and founder of The World of Neuschwansteiner said: “Congratulations to Maximilian! Well done once again! Without a break he is off to the next race in Austria for which we wish him best of luck!”

Next race weekend: May 20-22 Red Bull Ring, Austria – DTM race weekend!

About Maxi

Maxi is a rising star among newcomers to Germany’s motor racing scene.

Maximilian Günther posted his first laps in a kart at the age of six. Success was not long in coming: As a nine-year-old in 2006, Maxi won the South Bavarian ADAC Kart Championship, becoming German ADAC kart champion in the following year. After securing overall victory in the 2010 ADAC kart championship, Maxi moved up to the Formula BMW Talent Cup, becoming the youngest participant ever and secured second place overall at his first attempt. In both 2013 and 2014, he finished the season as championship runner-up in the hard-fought Formel ADAC. Maximilian has been supported by the ADAC Sports Foundation for the last two years. In 2014, he was also accepted on the support programme run by the Deutsche Post Speed Academy, winning the accolade of top student at his first attempt.

About The 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship

The 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship runs over ten race weekends in seven countries.
Paul Ricard (WTCC / FRA) 01.04. – 03.04.2016
Hungaroring (WTCC / HUN) 22.04. – 24.04.2016
Pau (F3 GP / FRA) 13.05. – 15.05.2016
Spielberg (DTM / AUT) 20.05. – 22.05.2016
Norisring (DTM / GER) 24.06. – 26.06.2016
Zandvoort (DTM / NED) 15.07. – 17.07.2016
Spa-Francorchamps (Blancpain GT / BEL) 28.07. – 30.07.2016
Nürburgring (DTM / GER) 09.09. – 11.09.2016
Imola (ETCC / ITA) 30.09. – 02.10.2016
Hockenheim (DTM / GER) 14.10. – 16.10.2016

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Inga Stracke
Inga Stracke is a multi-talented journalist, event organizer, and networker who is equally at home in the Formula 1™ paddocks around the globe as well as the winter hills of the 4-Hill-Ski jumping tournament and other world class events. She is also a motorsport travel advisor for DERTOUR. Born in Bavaria, Inga became famous as pit-lane reporter for German Sky-TV and F1’s™ own multi-channel digital TV, and she founded the first agency for F1™ commercial radio broadcast in D-A-CH. She also produced the first Formula 1™ live radio show nationwide in US/Canada and headed the creation of the original Red Bulletin. Inga regularly contributes culinary trip reviews and gourmet features for MICHELIN starred restaurants around the globe.