Max Verstappen dominates Dutch GP ahead of second-place Lewis Hamilton

The Dutch lion roared in front of a home crowd at Zandvoort that had come for a party and Verstappen proved a munificent host. Verstappen won for Red Bull with a commanding drive from pole, becoming the first Dutch driver to win the Dutch GP, first held in 1952 and 36 years after the last meeting. Verstappen leads Hamilton by three points in the drivers’ standings but Mercedes have extended their lead in the constructors’ championship to 12 points. Hamilton acknowledged he simply did not have the pace to match Red Bull nor did Mercedes execute at their best. Verstappen too was visibly moved as he stood atop the podium draped in the Dutch flag, the emotions writ large on his face, bowing his head as the national anthem was performed. For Hamilton, with nine races remaining, the ominous form of Red bull was clearly a concern. Verstappen had wanted to make an emphatic statement after the clash with Hamilton at the British Grand Prix. Their first stop was slow and on the second Hamilton’s deficit to Verstappen was already wide when he came out in traffic.

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