Max Verstappen WINS the Dutch Grand Prix after being roared to victory on home soil by a raucous crowd… with second-placed Lewis Hamilton slipping behind his fierce rival in race for the title

Max Verstappen won the Dutch Grand Prix and reclaimed the world championship lead from Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen came in the next lap as Hamilton bombed it round back out on the track. By lap 28 of 72, there was a second or so between Bottas and Verstappen and Verstappen and Hamilton. Verstappen ploughed on but Hamilton got to within seven-tenths of him. Verstappen is out of his car to a huge roar from the crowd and he now has the lead over Hamilton in the championship race. Verstappen is keeping the gap at four seconds to Hamilton with Bottas a further 24 seconds behind on much older tyres. Verstappen is pulling a huge gap on Hamilton now and the Brit’s charge looks over unless he somehow finds some pace. Verstappen and Hamilton are both having issues with backmarkers. He is back in a battle with Alonso and is just under a second behind. Verstappen comes into the pits and he is onto the harder tyres. Verstappen is told to go all out for the next five laps. Could be second stop time for him and Hamilton in the next few laps. Good lap by Verstappen who has pulled out of DRS range from Hamilton with the gap now 1.5 seconds. Verstappen is now all over the back of the Finnish Mercedes driver who ran wide in the entry to the chicane giving him a great opportunity down the straight. Bottas is told that his battle with Verstappen is for the race win. Verstappen is now 2.4 behind Bottas while Hamilton has lost a couple of tenths on that last lap and is now 1.5 behind the home hero. Bottas to Verstappen now a 5.6 second gap while Hamilton is closing in on his title rival. Verstappen is making big inroads to Bottas with the gap now at under 8 seconds. Verstappen has pulled out half a second on Hamilton with the gap now at 3.4 seconds. Verstappen now holds a three second gap to Hamilton and 6.5 to Bottas. Verstappen holds a 2.3 second lead over Hamilton with Bottas a further 2.3 down. Verstappen is already out of DRS range and holds a two second lead over Hamilton.

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