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It gave the logic in the GP of Holland. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen dominated yet another race on the Formula 1 calendar, won his fourth consecutive race and further extended his lead in the Drivers’ Championship. It was his 30th career win, and his 10th win of the season. He even got his 72nd podium. Mercedes’ George Russell finished second, while Charles Leclerc put Ferrari in third.
Verstappen now has 310 points against 201 for Leclerc and Sergio Pérez, who are tied. Goerge Russell is fourth with 188 points. At the victory party, patriotism came into play when the Dutch driver took a flag of his country and put it on his back. He repeated last year’s feat when he raced at home and also crossed the finish line in first place.
“I’m very happy with the victory. It was a race with many strategies. In the end there was the Safety Car, I was in second and I had to go up against Hamilton. But everything went well, I managed to regain first place and win the race.” , said Verstappen.
In the race, Charles Leclerc tried to take the lead right at the start of the Dutch GP, but Verstappen defended the position and managed to keep the first place on the circuit. The race had a very disputed start, Sainz and Hamilton came to touch on the track, but the two continued in the race without problems. Seeking to set a strong pace, the Dutch driver put his foot down, already looking to open up an advantage in the lead.
The pit stops to change tires began to change the outlook of the race. Sainz, who made his first pit stop, had problems at the stop and complicated his performance.
Russell came to lead the race due to these stops, but suffered the onslaught of Verstappen, who returned to command the race. Halfway through the race, when all the drivers had already made a pit stop, the Dutchman was eight seconds ahead of Leclerc’s Ferrari.
With the first place under control, the fiercest fight was for third place. Hamilton put the pressure on and managed to overtake the Mexican Sergio Perez, from Red Bull, putting Mercedes provisionally on the podium. The team, by the way, also surprised with George Russell. With good performance in the corners, he got fourth place and was behind the seven-time champion.
The good advantage acquired for the second place earned Verstappen a second exchange without risk of losing the lead. The Dutch driver put some hard compounds on and came back to set the pace in the lead with 12 seconds ahead.
Leclerc went for the second change at turn 46 and on the return to the track he took fourth place with the two Mercedes in second and third place.
In the final part of the race, the yellow flag was triggered with Valtteri Botas stopped on the track. Verstappen, who had just changed tires, took second place with the entry of the Safety Car. In this new order, Hamilton was in the lead for the restart on lap 60. However, logic soon kicked in when the race resumed. The Dutchman took the lead again to the delight of the fans in the stands.
At the end of the race, Russell was more aggressive and got the second place. Hamilton, who came under pressure from Leclerc, was overtaken again, dropping to fourth place. Verstappen controlled the race, crossed the finish line in first and had a great time with the crowd. The next Formula 1 race takes place next Sunday and will be held in Spain.
Check out the final standings of the Dutch GP
- 1st Max Verstappen (HOL/Red Bull) in 1h36min42s773
- 2nd George Russell (ENG/Mercedes), at 4s071
- 3rd Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari), 10s929
- 4th Lewis Hamilton (ENG/Mercedes), 13s016
- 5th Sérgio Perez (MEX/Red Bull), at 18s168
- 6th Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine), at 18s754
- 7th Lando Norris (ING/McLaren), at 19s306
- 8th Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari), at 20s916
- 9th Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine), at 21s117
- 10th Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin), at 22.459
- 11th Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlpahTauri), at 27s009
- 12th Alex Albon (THA / Williams), at 30s390
- 13th Mick Schumacher (ALE/Haas), at 32.995
- 14th Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), 36s007
- 15th Kevin Magnussen (DIN/Haas), at 36s869
- 16th Zhou Guanyou (CHI/Alfa Romeo), at 37s320
- 17th Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren), at 37.764
- 18th Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams), 1 lap
- Did not complete the test
- Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo)
- Yuki Tsunoda (JAP/AlphaTauri)