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Dutch GP: Verstappen beats Mercedes to win house race | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Hamilton left fuming as he loses his shot at victory; Russell and Leclerc full podium.

Max Verstappen received his house race, the Dutch GP, for the second 12 months in a row to additional prolong his title lead. What regarded like a simple win for the Crimson Bull Racing driver got here below menace as combined methods and a Security Automobile introduced Mercedes into competition as properly.

Whereas Lewis Hamilton was left fuming together with his P4 end, his teammate George Russell completed second. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc accomplished the rostrum.

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Hamilton loses shot at victory

Verstappen pulled off a clear begin from pole place to fend off Leclerc and maintain on to the lead. However Mercedes had a trick up their sleeves – whereas many of the frontrunners began on softs, they began on mediums, permitting them to go for a one-stop technique.

In fact, that didn’t go to plan as a Digital Security Automobile introduced out by Yuki Tsunoda’s stoppage gave Verstappen the proper likelihood to pit and nonetheless re-join the observe forward of the 2 Mercedes drivers. Mercedes determined to make many of the state of affairs and pitted each Hamilton and Russell for contemporary mediums as properly.

Mercedes would get one other shot, although. Valtteri Bottas’ retirement introduced out the Security Automobile and whereas Verstappen pitted for softs, Hamilton stayed out on mediums to take the lead. Russell adopted Verstappen and pitted for softs as properly, prompting Hamilton to confess that it could be “arduous to maintain that automotive [referring to Verstappen] behind”.

Verstappen pulled off the proper re-start and zoomed previous Hamilton to as soon as once more take the lead. Hamilton was left struggling on his older tyres and was handed by each Russell and Leclerc. Expletive-laden radio messages made his discontent with Mercedes’ technique obvious.

Verstappen wins on house soil

Verstappen ended up successful in entrance of an enthusiastic house crowd. “It was not a simple race. We needed to push the entire race,” he admitted.

“With the Security Automobile, the Digital Security Automobile, making the proper calls, it was at all times a little bit of query mark however it labored out very well. As soon as we received again to the gentle tyres, we had nice tempo once more. It’s at all times particular to win your private home Grand Prix; it was already final 12 months. This 12 months I’ve to say I needed to work for it much more. So yeah, an unimaginable weekend and actually blissful we received the Dutch Grand Prix.”

Russell was 4 seconds behind him in second place. Leclerc accomplished the rostrum, however this maybe wasn’t the end result he hoped for given the staggering hole between him and Verstappen within the championship.

Robust race for Sainz

Sainz’ race from unhealthy to worse. He misplaced a piece of time throughout his first pit cease (lasting 12.5 seconds) as Ferrari didn’t have the rear-left tyre prepared as he entered his field. One other pit cease through the Security Automobile resulted in him being handed a five-second time penalty for an unsafe launch in entrance of Fernando Alonso.

He completed fifth on observe, however the penalty dropped him to eighth within the remaining classification. This promoted Sergio Perez to fifth, adopted by Alonso and Lando Norris. Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll wrapped up the highest 10.

2022 F1 championship standings

The Dutch GP is Verstappen’s 10th win this season. Leclerc strikes forward of Perez to as soon as once more sit second total, however he’s a large 109 factors behind with seven extra races to go – That’s a factors margin of over 4 race wins.

The Italian GP is up subsequent on September 11.

2022 Dutch GP outcomes

2022 Dutch GP outcomes
Pos Driver Workforce
1 Max Verstappen Crimson Bull Racing
2 George Russell Mercedes
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
5 Sergio Perez Ferrari
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine
7 Lando Norris McLaren
8 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
12 Alexander Albon Williams
13 Mick Schumacher Haas
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas
16 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
17 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams
NC Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
NC Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri

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