Dutchman Max Verstappen did not disappoint the 305,000 fans who packed the Zandvoort circuit and won the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix, held this Sunday (4).
The current champion of the category started from pole position, commanded the actions in the first half of the race and had a little luck in the final part, where the intervention of the Safety-Car ruined the strategy of Mercedes, which threatened its victory.
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While most drivers started with a red tire and expected to make two pit stops, the silver cars started with yellow tires, more resistant, to make just one stop.
Without being threatened at any time by Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari, which was close but with the same strategy as Red Bull in relation to tyres, the Dutchman worried about Hamilton, who was already in third in the final part of the race without having to come back further. to the boxes. That way, Verstappen would still have to go to the pits and would end up returning to the track behind the silver car.
But a problem in Yuki Tsunoda’s Alpha Tauri caused the virtual Safety-Car to be activated and all the drivers ended up in the pits, ruining Mercedes’ strategy.
Laps later, it was the turn of Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo to stop on the main straight, causing the Safety-Car to enter the track. Another stop for Mercedes’ Verstappen and George Russell, who returned with red tires, the fastest. Without changing tyres, Hamilton moved up to first position.
But as soon as the race resumed, Verstappen overtook Hamilton and set off for another victory, to the delight of the Dutch crowd. Hamilton was still overtaken by Russell, who finished second, and Leclerc, who was third, leaving the seven-time champion off the podium in fourth.
In the championship, Verstappen reached 310 points and isolates himself even further at the top of the table. Leclerc is second with 201 points, the same score as Sergio Perez, who is third.
Check out the results of the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix:
1) Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 72 laps
2) George Russell (Mercedes), +4,071
3) Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), +10,929
4) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), +13,016
5) Sergio Perez (Red Bull), +18,168
6) Fernando Alonso (Alpine), +18,754
7) Lando Norris (McLaren), +19,306
8) Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari), +20,916
9) Esteban Ocon (Alpine), +21,117
10) Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), +22,459
11) Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), +27,009
12) Alexander Albon (Williams), +30,390
13) Mick Schumacher (Haas), +32,995
14) Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), +36,007
15) Kevin Magnussen (Haas), +36,869
16) Zhou Guanyu (Alpha Romeo), +37,320
17) Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), +37,764
18) Nicholas Latifi (Williams), +1 lap
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Abandon
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Abandon
Drivers’ Championship standings:
1) Max Verstappen, 310 points
2) Charles Leclerc, 201
3) Sergio Perez, 201
4) George Russell, 188
5) Carlos Sainz Jr., 175
6) Lewis Hamilton, 158
7) Lando Norris, 82
8) Esteban Ocon, 66
9) Fernando Alonso, 59
10) Valtteri Bottas, 46
11) Kevin Magnussen, 22
12) Sebastian Vettel, 20
13) Daniel Ricciardo, 19
14) Pierre Gasly, 18
15) Mick Schumacher, 12
16) Yuki Tsunoda, 11
17) Zhou Guanyu, 5
18) Lance Stroll, 5
19) Alexander Albon, 4
20) Nicholas Latifi, 0
21) Nico Hulkenberg, 0
Team championship standings:
1) Red Bull, 511 points
2) Ferrari, 376
3) Mercedes, 346
4) Alpine/Renault, 125
5) McLaren/Mercedes, 101
6) Alfa Romeo/Ferrari, 51
7) Haas/Ferrari, 34
8) AlphaTauri/Red Bull, 29
9) Aston Martin/Mercedes, 25
10) Williams/Mercedes, 4