Max Verstappen Dominates 2021 Dutch Grand Prix To Regain Championship Lead

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Max Verstappen dominated 2021 Dutch Grand Prix on home soil at Zandvoort to regain the championship lead with victory. 

Verstappen dominated from lights out and twice survived strategic undercut from Lewis Hamilton to become the first Dutch driver to win his home race.

Hamilton settled for second with the bonus point for fastest lap ahead of Valtteri Bottas who finished third as both Mercedes drivers avoided being lapped, unlike the rest of the top ten as Pierre Gasly finished fourth ahead of Charles Leclerc, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz.

Sergio Perez begun the race from the pitlane after a power unit change but fought back to finish eighth ahead of Esteban Ocon and Lando Norris who rounded out the top ten.

In the driver standings, Verstappen now leads Hamilton by three points after a six point swing his way, having entered this weekend three points behind the Brit.

Bottas leapfrogged Norris into third in the standings with a nine point lead after outscoring the McLaren driver by 14 points in Zandvoort, as Sergio Perez sits fifth ahead of Leclerc and Sainz.

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In front of an electric home crowd, Verstappen pointed his Red Bull straight at Hamilton as lights went out which paid off as he swept away into the lead unchallenged.

Further back, Giovinazzi made a mistake on the exit of Hunserug to drop from seventh to tenth and ultimately faded to a 14th placed finish at the checkered flag.

Up front, Hamilton struggled to close Verstappen down and chose to roll the dice on a two-stop strategy, as he pitted on Lap 21 for mediums, with a slow front-right tyre change costing him dearly as Verstappen pitted a lap later and completed his stop 0.9 seconds quicker to retain his advantage over the Brit.

Mercedes left Bottas out to hold up Verstappen which ultimately failed to pay off as Verstappen utilised DRS to pass Bottas on the pit straight to regain his lead, with Bottas immediately letting Hamilton through.

The Brit ultimately couldn’t do anything despite making his second stop on Lap 40 as traffic cost him on his outlap, as Verstappen pitted a lap later and retained his lead to the flag despite traffic allowing Hamilton to reduce his deficit briefly.

Bottas meanwhile made his second stop towards the end and proceeded to set the fastest lap despite slowing down in the final sector, which caused Hamilton to make a third stop as he snatched back the fastest lap and one bonus point on the final lap.

Elsewhere, Perez started the race from the pitlane on hard tyres but had to pit on Lap nine after locking up on his hard tyres, which enabled him to charge through the field to an eventual eighth placed finish despite making contact with Norris on Lap 66 on exit of Tarzanbocht as they fought over ninth.

Up front, Verstappen took a dominant victory by 20.932s from Hamilton much to the delights of the home crowds, as he became the first-ever Dutch winner of the Dutch Grand Prix in the race’s history.

Formula One now heads to Monza next weekend with Qualifying taking place on Friday (10 September), ahead of the experimental Sprint Qualifying which returns on Saturday (11 September) in order to determine the grid for the Italian Grand Prix.

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 72 1h ..m ..
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 72 + 20.932
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 72 + 56.460
4 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 71 + 1 Lap
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 71 + 1 Lap
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine 71 + 1 Lap
7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 71 + 1 Lap
8 Sergio Perez Red Bull 71 + 1 Lap
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine 71 + 1 Lap
10 Lando Norris McLaren 71 + 1 Lap
11 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 71 + 1 Lap
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 70 + 2 Laps
13 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 70 + 2 Laps
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 70 + 2 Laps
15 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 70 + 2 Laps
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams 70 + 2 Laps
17 George Russell Williams 69
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 69 + 3 Laps
RET Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 49 Power
RET Nikita Mazepin Haas 42 Hydraulic

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