Dutch Grand Prix: Max Verstappen wins home race to extend title lead

Hamilton was left fuming after Mercedes failed to change his tyres during the caution period. Verstappen had been cruising to victory until a couple of caution periods in the final part of the race. Verstappen would have had to pass both Mercedes after his second stop but he was saved needing to by a bizarre sequence of events involving Yuki Tsunoda, driving for Red Bull’s sister Alpha Tauri team. He pitted, only to stop on track and force a virtual safety car. Verstappen used the VSC to pull in for his second stop and switched on to the hard tyre for what he expected to be the remainder of the race. Verstappen pitted again for soft tyres, putting him behind both Mercedes but on better tyres, and then a lap later, as the field was directed through the pits, Russell made the call to do the same, while Mercedes did not change Hamilton’s mediums. That left Verstappen right behind Hamilton for the restart on much grippier tyres, and he swept around the Mercedes at the first corner after the restart to take back control of the race.

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