Perhaps it was in those giddy few seconds that the Dutchman, just 18 years of age, realised the sheer gravity of his accomplishments.
The youngest driver to ever win a Formula One grand prix, Verstappen's rise from Toro Rosso upstart to a race win on debut for Red Bull has been staggering.
To put that in persective, Verstappen broke Sebastian Vettel's record when the German won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix as a 21-year-old, two years and 210 days older than Verstappen is now.
"I was targeting a podium but to win straight away is an amazing feeling," Verstappen said.
Verstappen is the first ever Dutchman to win an F1 race, and only the second to take the podium. The first was his father, Jos, who twice made the podium as Michael Schumacher's Benneton team-mate.
"This is really something unbelievably special," Jos said after his son's triumph.
There is plenty of precedent for major success in F1 when a young driver clinches a maiden win. In the top 10 youngest drivers in history to win an F1 race, Verstappen finds himself alongside the likes of Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton, as well as one of the all-time greats in Michael Schumacher.
The Dutchman's rise has been staggering. He did not even hold a road driver's licence during the first half of his first season in Formula One (aged 16) as a test driver. The next year, he established himself as a regular for Red Bull's sister team Toro Rosso, where Daniel Ricciardo had risen through the ranks to eventually replace Mark Webber.
This year, with Russian driver Daniil Kvyat's discipline coming in to question after crashes that cost both him and Ricciardo points throughout the season, Verstappen was given his chance to shine for the big boys.
He didn't disappoint. An exemplary qualifying session (fourth fastest) was followed by an unerring pursuit of the vaunted Vettel, cutting the German on corners and relishing a two-stop strategy while Ricciardo was on a three-stop plan.
As so often happens with fortune and fate, the stars aligned for Verstappen, with team-mate Ricciardo having to pit one more time and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Hamilton wiping each other out in the first lap.
Is this a season-defining moment? A chance for an outsider like Verstappen to reel in the runaway leader in Rosberg? Probably not. Mercedes is so far ahead, in both the technology and drivers stakes, that Spain should prove little more than a speedbump for the Silver Arrows.
But it most definitely be considered a career-changing moment for Verstappen, who will have the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari lining up to pry him from Red Bull, while the energy-drink-sponsored team will be looking to lock him down with a deal much better than his relatively modest $US500,000 a year contract.
Red Bull has a knack for successfully developing young drivers. Australian audiences will be well aware of Ricciardo's debut season with the team after his promotion from Toro Rosso, grabbing three race wins and eight podium finishes in 2014.
Of course, none comes bigger than Vettel, however, who went on to dominate the sport since his 2009 debut in Red Bull colours.
Red Bull principal Christian Horner will be well aware of the dynamite talent on his hands, lauding Verstappen's debut in a season in which the team was expected to struggle in Mercedes' shadow.
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"I can't ever remember seeing a debut performance like that," Horner said.
"The kid's just done an unbelievable job. Max hasn't put a wheel wrong all weekend. To win the race, I don't think anyone can have dreamed of that."
"It's quite uncanny really. There's an awful lot of similarities from when Sebastian [Vettel] joined the team.
"But he's his own man as well. He's a very together young guy. You'd never think he was 18. He's the first driver I've had that legally I could be his father."