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Max Verstappen holds on despite Safety Car drama at Zandvoort

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen secured victory at the Dutch Grand Prix despite late drama at Zandvoort.

Max Verstappen Austrian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen Photo: Twitter @redbullracing

Max Verstappen secured victory at the Dutch Grand Prix despite late drama at Zandvoort.

Mercedes’ George Russell and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari completed the podium.

Having boxed a second time when the virtual safety car was deployed on lap 48, Verstappen looked comfortably poised to win although Lewis Hamilton seemed the major threat to that as he and Russell in third had both extended their opening stint on medium tyres and pit for hards which took them deep into the race.

F1.com reports: “The events after a Lap 55 Safety Car dashed any hopes of victory that Hamilton harboured, however.

“The seven-time champion stayed out on mediums to inherit the lead while Verstappen came in for softs, followed by Russell and Leclerc, for the restart on Lap 61. In that restart, Verstappen swept past the Mercedes for the lead, with Russell and Leclerc following suit to pry Hamilton away from the podium.

“Hamilton ended up fourth at the flag as Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez – the former held back by a calamitous Ferrari pit stop earlier on, before a five-second penalty for an unsafe release in a later stop – battled late on for P5. That allowed Alonso and Norris to close in too, and when the penalty kicked in Sainz was dropped to eighth, promoting Perez to fifth, Alonso to sixth, and Norris to seventh.”

Max Verstappen
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen extended his lead in the Formula One world championship with a crushing victory. Photo: Twitter @RedBullRacing

Dutch Grand Prix results

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING RBPT721:36:42.77326
263George RussellMERCEDES72+4.071s18
316Charles LeclercFERRARI72+10.929s15
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES72+13.016s12
511Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING RBPT72+18.168s10
614Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT72+18.754s8
74Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES72+19.306s6
855Carlos SainzFERRARI72+20.916s4
931Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT72+21.117s2
1018Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES72+22.459s1
1110Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI RBPT72+27.009s0
1223Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES72+30.390s0
1347Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI72+32.995s0
145Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES72+36.007s0
1520Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI72+36.869s0
1624Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI72+37.320s0
173Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES72+37.764s0
186Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES71+1 lap0
NC77Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI53DNF0
NC22Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI RBPT43DNF0
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* Provisional results. Note – Verstappen scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race. Vettel received a five-second time penalty for ignoring blue flags. Sainz received a five-second time penalty for an unsafe release.