Max Verstappen Praises “Incredible” Home Win At 2021 Dutch Grand Prix

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has hailed his home victory at 2021 Dutch Grand Prix as “incredible” as he claimed back-to-back home wins.

Having won in his birth country last weekend from pole at a farcical Belgian Grand Prix, Verstappen delivered a dominant victory around Zandvoort, Netherlands, in the country which he uses a racing license under in his line with his father – Jos.

Speaking on his pride at achieving rare consecutive home wins in different countries, Verstappen said: “It’s incredible to win here today {5 September] on another home track and it feels great to take the lead in the Driver’s Championship again.”

Verstappen though admitted that he felt that “the expectations were very high coming into the weekend” yet praised the crowd for providing “incredible” morale and atmosphere to push him on to victory in what he described as “a tough race” after Lewis Hamilton pushed him throughout.

Reflecting on the team’s race strategy in which he built three second buffers to Hamilton at all the pivotal moments throughout the race, Verstappen said: “We can be really pleased with the whole Team performance; we made the right calls and we managed the race really well.”

Team Principal, Christian Horner added that the defining “crucial” moment in Verstappen’s “smooth” race was when he passed Valtteri Bottas to regain the race lead on Lap 31, which enabled him and Red Bull to cover Hamilton after Mercedes split their race strategies.

Horner also was taken aback by the crowd’s passion, commenting: “There’s a fantastic atmosphere here and I’ve never seen a reaction like that in my whole career, the fans in Holland are incredible.”


“Today was all about damage limitation…”

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Sergio Perez meanwhile fought back from a pitlane start after opting for a power unit change following a disastrous Qualifying, which left him 16th on the grid prior to Red Bull’s decision to start from the pits.

Perez however fought back to finish eighth after delivering an impressive charge, stating: “I gave it my all, every overtake was on the limit and I had to take a lot of risks.

“Today was all about damage limitation as I started from the pits after taking the penalty for the engine change.”

Towards the end of his fightback, Perez and Lando Norris collided as the pair tangled over ninth place with the Mexican winning out, despite sustaining “a lot of damage on the right-hand side of the car.”

Both drivers otherwise escaped unharmed as Perez went on to pass Esteban Ocon for eighth despite losing grip, whereas Norris finished tenth, with the Mexican believing that their clash was simply “a racing incident as I wasn’t given enough space and I don’t think he could see me.”

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