Max Verstappen Survives Late Drama For 2022 Dutch Grand Prix Victory

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen clinched victory at 2022 Dutch Grand Prix to move closer towards a second F1 title.

Verstappen led from pole position until he made his first pit stop in a two-stop strategy but resumed his lead after Lewis Hamilton pitted on Lap 30, only for the Brit to mount a charge to put himself on course for victory on an one-stop strategy.

A Virtual Safety Car on Lap 48 to allow for the removal of Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri however gifted Verstappen a quicker stop, although the Safety Car was then deployed on Lap 56 after Valtteri Bottas came to a halt towards Turn 1.

Verstappen took that opportunity to gamble on a pit stop for soft tyres whilst Hamilton stayed out on medium tyres, which proved costly as Verstappen passed him on the restart for victory at his home race.

George Russell and Charles Leclerc eventually rounded out the podium ahead of Hamilton and Sergio Perez.

In the driver standings, Verstappen extended his title lead to 109 points as Leclerc moved ahead of Perez into second by virtue of three race victories to Perez’s one win this season.

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At lights out, Verstappen got a clean start to lead Leclerc, Sainz, Hamilton and Perez as Lando Norris jumped Russell for sixth, with the latter pair plus Hamilton on medium tyres whilst both Red Bull and Ferrari started on soft tyres.

Russell soon overhauled Norris for sixth once DRS became available which proved crucial because those who started on soft tyres soon suffered heavy degradation, with some opting to make early pit stops.

Up front, Leclerc tried in a futile effort to keep Verstappen within sight until he pitted for mediums at the end of Lap 17, with Verstappen following suit a lap later which unleashed Mercedes into an one-two lead as Hamilton headed Russell on an initial one-stop strategy.

Verstappen however caught Russell within ten laps and retook second on Lap 28 round the outside of Turn 1, before he regained the lead when Hamilton pitted at the end of Lap 30 for hard tyres.

Perez meanwhile pitted on Lap 15 just behind Sainz but ran over a Ferrari wheel gun as he exited his pit stop as Sainz endured a slow stop, which led stewards to place the incident under a post-race investigation.

Hamilton proceeded to catch and pass Perez on Lap 37 after being denied a lap earlier, as Russell then demoted the Mexican to fifth a lap later, which left both Mercedes drivers on course for an one-two finish with Verstappen and Leclerc on a two-stopper.

Verstappen’s chances of victory however were boosted as he benefitted from Tsunoda – who drives for Red Bull’s junior team, AlphaTauri – stopping at Turn 4 on Lap 47 with tyre fitting concerns, having previously stopped but continued following a radio chat with his team.

The Virtual Safety Car (VSC) consequently was deployed on Lap 48 which allowed Verstappen a cheap pit stop for mediums as he kept the lead, with Hamilton and Russell having also made pit stops under the VSC.

Once racing resumed on Lap 50, Verstappen led Hamilton by 12.718 seconds until the Safety Car came out on Lap 56, just after Sainz passed Ocon as both drivers drove past Bottas’ Alfa Romeo on the main straight and consequently picked up a 5s time penalty.

Hamilton stayed out and assumed the lead as Verstappen, Russell and Leclerc were amongst those who pitted for softs, which proved a wise decision as Verstappen instantly passed Hamilton for the lead on the restart on Lap 61.

Russell and Leclerc eventually demoted Hamilton to fourth as Verstappen clinched victory at his home race for a second consecutive season, which saw his title lead extended to 109 points with seven races left of the season.

Carlos Sainz finished fifth but his time penalty demoted him to eighth behind Perez, Fernando Alonso and Norris, as Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll rounded out the top ten.

F1 now heads to Italy for the 2022 Italian GP between 9-11 September 2022 where Ferrari will look to impress on home soil.

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 72 1h 36m 42.773
2 George Russell Mercedes 72 + 4.071
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 72 + 10.929
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 72 + 13.016
5 Sergio Perez Red Bull 72 + 18.168
6 Fernando Alonso Alpine 72 + 18.754
7 Lando Norris McLaren 72 + 19.306
8 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 72 + 20.916
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine 72 + 21.117
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 72 + 22.459
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 72 + 27.009
12 Alex Albon Williams 72 + 30.390
13 Mick Schumacher Haas 72 + 32.995
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 72 + 36.007
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 72 + 36.869
16 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 72 + 37.320
17 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 72 + 37.764
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 71 + 1 Lap
RET Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 53 Mechanical
RET Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 46 Tyre

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