Verstappen took the win in front of a home crowd in the Netherlands

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Max Verstappen took victory in front of his home crowd in the Netherlands. The Red Bull driver starts from pole position and controlled most of the race at Zandvoort. George Russell (Mercedes) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) finished second and third.

The weather leading up to the start of the Dutch Grand Prix was dry and overcast with only a 20% chance of rain. As expected, the atmosphere at the Zandvoort circuit was incredible. The stands around the track were full and were waiting for another victory of their favorite Max Verstappen.

Most of the competitors decided to go with Pirelli’s softest tires. Exceptions are Hamilton, Russell, Norris, Schumacher, Magnussen and Albon, who bet on medium hard.

Verstappen was able to defend first position from Leclerc’s attack after the lights went out. Sainz also managed to keep Hamilton behind him, while Norris passed in front of Russell. A good start was also made by Okon, who took the ninth position.

Magnussen also gained a few positions, but made a mistake in the second turn and crashed into the guardrails. The Haas driver was able to return to the track safely. Russell attacked and passed Norris on the start-finish straight. At the front, Verstappen and Leclerc began to break away from Sainz, Hamilton and Perez.

On lap seven, Leclerc set the fastest lap in 1:16.213, while Sainz was chased by Hamilton. The difference between the Monegasque and Verstappen at the front was about a second and a half.

10 laps into the Dutch Grand Prix, Alonso passed Gasly with DRS and Russell radioed that the track was still “green.” Vettel made the first pass through the pits and put on medium tires while Magnussen made an unsuccessful attack on Latifi. Gasly and Ricciardo also made a pit stop and Alonso dealt with Tsunoda as well.

15 laps after the start of the Dutch Grand Prix, Sainz and Perez made their first stops. The Ferrari driver lost more than 10 seconds due to a pit stop related to a left rear tyre.

“Oh my god,” Sainz said over the radio.

Verstappen managed to open a gap of 4 and a half seconds ahead of Leclerc. Hamilton was third, followed by Russell, Norris, Ocon, Perez, Albon, Sainz and Stroll.

On lap 18, Leclerc made his first pit stop after setting a new fastest lap. This time the Ferrari mechanics managed it in 2.5 seconds. A lap later, Verstappen also put on medium tires and got ahead of Charles.

The Spaniard overtook Albon and Perez set the fastest lap in 1:16.138. Meanwhile, Hamilton and Russell led the field after setting off in a medium. Guanyu Zhu (Alfa Romeo) was given a 5-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Stewards in the Netherlands were also looking into a boxing incident between Sainz and Perez.

On the 26th lap, Verstappen caught up to Russell and said on the radio that he could lose time behind the Mercedes car. Two laps later, the world champion overtook the Briton and set an even faster lap. The maneuver of the pilot of Red Bull caused great joy in the stands in Zandvoort.

At the start of lap number 30, Hamilton pitted and put on hard tyres. The Mercedes racer pulled ahead of Carlos Sainz. One of the most interesting battles outside the top 10 was between Gasly and Zhu. Two rounds after Hamilton, Russell also put hard.

At the halfway stage in the Netherlands, Verstappen led by more than nine seconds over Leclerc. Behind them, Perez was fending off Hamilton. Fifth was Russell, followed by Sainz, Norris, Stroll, Alonso and Ocon. Hamilton attacked and passed DRS Perez at the Tarzan corner before being blocked by Vettel, allowing Perez to attempt a counterattack. Shortly after, the Mexican also lost ground to Russell, who, like his team-mate, was showing incredible pace with Pirelli’s hard compounds.

In the 41st of 72 total laps, Perez made a second stop and put on a brand new set of hards. The Red Bull racer pulled ahead of Alonso. At the same time, Vettel was investigated by the stewards for his dangerous exit in front of Hamilton.

On lap 44, Tsunoda stopped on the track and said over the radio that his tires were not properly secured. The Alpha Tauri pilot was able to take off again and go to the pits on his own. Leclerc and Sainz made another pit stop for new solid tyres. Tsunoda, on the other hand, put on soft tires and lost more time. In the end, the Japanese parked his car in the first sector and triggered a virtual security car. Verstappen took advantage of this, Hamilton and Russell made a free pit.

On the 55th lap, Bottas stopped his car on the start-finish straight, which led to yellow flags and a safety car. Sainz overtook Ocon and Verstappen, Leclerc and Perez put on a new set of tyres. Meanwhile, Hamilton stayed on track while Russell fitted new soft tyres.

In the final series of pit stops, Sainz got too close to Alonso and was slightly bumped by his compatriot. Hamilton said on the radio that it would be extremely difficult for him to keep all the cars behind him on fresh soft tyres.

Verstappen immediately overtook Hamilton after the restart, with Leclerc pressuring Russell. The next positions were occupied by Sainz, Perez, Alonso, Boris, Ocon and Stroll. The Ferrari driver overtook Sergio at the first turn. The seven-time world champion also lost position to his teammate.

In the final laps of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, Verstappen pulled more than 2 seconds clear of Russell and Leclerc also overtook Hamilton. Sainz defended his position from Perez, and Alonso – from Norris. The Ferrari driver received a 5 second penalty for a dangerous release from the mechanics. Perez went off the track and was overtaken by Alonso and Norris.

However, no one could trouble Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver took his second win in a row at Zandvoort and his tenth since the start of the 2022 F1 season. Next to him on the podium went Russell and Leclerc. Hamilton finished fourth, followed by Perez, Alonso, Norris, Sainz, Ocon and Stroll.

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