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Max Verstappen has caused the collective delirium on the Dutch circuit of Zandvoort, that has celebrated the return of Formula One 36 years later in the best possible way: with display and an unappealable victory for the local idol. The Red Bull driver, who has started on pole for the seventh time this year, has put in the dirt after a prodigious start and neither tire strategies nor pressure. Lewis hamilton they have prevented him from scoring his seventh triumph in thirteen grands prix, also recovering the leadership of the World Cup.
The shine of Alonso
On a difficult track, where mistakes pay dearly, Fernando Alonso He has starred in another of his ‘science fiction’ outings and has risked the limit to gain two positions, going from ninth to seventh in the first round. The Asturian already warned on Saturday that he would have to be “very aggressive from the start & rdquor; to try to find your opportunity. And he has fulfilled it with a superb double overtaking his partner Esteban Ocon and Antonio Giovinazzi, with which he has come to touch.
Verstappen has started like an exhalation, giving no choice to Hamilton, thus avoiding the always dangerous melee with the English. In the ‘top six’, all have retained their position, with Bottas as third in contention, ahead of Gasly and the two Ferraris from Sainz and Leclerc. In just two laps, the Dutchman was already more than two seconds ahead of Hamilton, which has reconsidered its options and has opted for a two-stop strategy, forcing Max to follow suit.
Mercedes, on the attack
Mercedes has tried a play of two against one, keeping on track to Bottas, in front of Verstappen and Hamilton. The Red Bull man quickly understood the ‘trap’ and had to work hard to pass the Finn, who moved away to make way for his teammate. The pulse Verstappen-Hamilton has already continued without major shocks. As expected, the Dutch track makes overtaking very difficult and the action on the track has stabilized.
A top of Vettel on banked corner 3, the same one that crashed on Saturday Sainz, has been about to end the career of the German and incidentally with that of Bottas, which has dodged it by millimeters. There has been no safety car as many expected.
After 40 laps, Hamilton has returned to the attack and has tried a new ‘undercut’ to Verstappen. The one from Red Bull has replicated with a record stop (2.1) and has returned to the track again ahead of the seven-time champion, who has found traffic and has not been rewarded.
‘Mad’ Max , which the 70,000 fans present in the stands have carried in ‘flying’ throughout the race, has faced the final stretch with more than 3 seconds of advantage over Lewis. Enough to dose yourself and give your fans a real ‘orange party’. Verstappen He has crossed the finish line ahead of the two Mercedes. Carlos Sainz He had a lot of trouble keeping up with the pace in the last laps and was unable to contain Fernando Alonso, who has snatched the sixth place at the end after a nice pulse of the two Spaniards.
After hitting rock bottom under the Spa-Francorchamps deluge, Formula 1 has been reunited with the best show and next week will close the post-summer ‘triptych’ at the Italian Grand Prix. Verstappen leader will arrive at Monza, which could be the stage in which Mercedes reveals the worst kept secret of the World Cup and announces George Russell as Valtteri Bottas’ relief for 2022.
NETHERLANDS GP. 72 laps (306,648 km)
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) at 20 “932
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) at 56 “460
4. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) 1 lap
5. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 1 lap
6. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) to 1 lap
7. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 1 lap
8. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) to 1 lap
9. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 1 lap
10. Lando Norris (McLaren) to 1 lap
11. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 1 lap
12. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) to 2 laps
13. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) to 2 laps
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) to 2 laps
15. Robert Kubica (Alfa Romeo) to 2 laps
16. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) to 2 laps
17. George Russell (Williams) Retired
18. Mick Schumacher (Haas) to 3 laps
19. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) Retired
20. Nikita Mazepin (Haas) Retired
This is how the World Cup goes (13 of 22)
1. Max Verstappen (PB) n 224.5 points
2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 221.5
3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 123
4. Lando Norris (GBR) 114
5. Sergio Pérez (MEX) 108
6. Charles Leclerc (MON) 92
7. Carlos Sainz (ESP) 89.5
8. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 66
9. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 56
10. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 46
11. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 44
12. Sebastian Vettel (ALE) 35
13. Lance Stroll (CAN) 18
14. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 16
15. George Russell (GBR) 13
16. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 7
17. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) 2
18. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA) 1
19. Mick Schumacher (ALE) 0
20. Nikita Mazepin (RUS) 0
21. Robert Kubica (POL) 0
1. Mercedes 344.5 points
2. Red Bull 332.5
3. Ferrari 181.5
4. McLaren 170
5. Alpine 90