Max Verstappen has reclaimed the lead in the drivers’ standings after winning the Dutch Grand Prix. He finished ahead of championship challenger Lewis Hamilton. The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas completed the podium.
Verstappen led from the start, holding Hamilton at bay throughout the 72-lap race. By the win, he claims his eighth victory of the season. Hamilton had to settle for a second. The seven-time champion stopping with two laps to go for softs.
Despite his own late stop for soft tyres, Bottas was a comfortable third. Bottas disobeyed the team orders not to attempt to take the fastest lap bonus point away from Hamilton. But Hamilton earns it anyway on the penultimate lap.
Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri, who drove a great race to finish fourth. Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari was stuck behind Gasly.
Fernando Alonso finished sixth for Alpine. He passed Carlos Sainz’s second Ferrari on the final lap. Sainz was followed by the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez. He recovered well from his pit lane start in the race to take P8. The second Alpine and of Esteban Ocon and the McLaren of Lando Norris were in the top ten. Norris teammate Riccardo finishes 11th.
Lance Stroll finished 12th, ahead of Aston Martin teammate Sebastian Vettel. Alfa Romeo pairing of Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen replacement Robert Kubica finishes in P14 and P15 respectively. Nicholas Latifi taking 16th – as George Russell finished 17th, ahead of Mick Schumacher. Yuki Tsunoda and Nikita Mazepin retired.
Perez wins driver of the day for his heroics in the race.
The Dutch fans, on the other hand, had all eyes on Verstappen. The Dutch celebrated his victory and moved three points ahead of Hamilton in the standings.