The Dutchman took the checkered flag first in his home Grand Prix as Russell and Leclerc completed the podium after late safety car drama reinvigorated the Zandvoort race.
Starting first and finishing first was the order of the day for Max Verstappen, but not without dramatic late action at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix. in testing it was not intended for the scarlet red Scuderia which lost control of sustaining a championship challenge at every race.
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Mercedes, meanwhile, was in the pound seat with the W13 showing surprisingly good pace against the Red Bull and Ferrari. Secured a double podium finish towards the final stages in the Dutch dunes, a flurry of drama shook up the order with fast-paced strategies reigning supreme.
Lewis Hamilton was once again on the receiving end of the opposite, which took him off the podium and into fourth position once the checkered flag fell. As in the championship showdown in 2021, the Briton remained on used medium tires to position himself on the track after the events of lap 55 necessitated the use of a full safety car, the strategies Soft tire reverses from Verstappen, Russell and Leclerc quickly became the optimal choice. once the race resumed on the 61st lap.
Further down the grid Ferrari made another mistake which cost Carlos Sainz a 5 second penalty in a failed pit stop earlier in the race. That relegated the Spaniard to eighth after pushing Perez back for fifth on the track, in a late fight that provided entertaining viewing.
Alpine completed another double with Alonso in sixth and Ocon in ninth while McLaren’s Lando Norris had a decent run of points for the British team in seventh. Lance Stroll managed just one point for the Aston Martin team as he completed the points places.
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With a tenth win of the season for the Dutchman and a lead of more than 100 points, Leclerc said a maiden world title “looked tough” after the F1-75 was again unable to face Verstappen and his RB18 during his home Grand Prix. Le Monagesque added: “Red Bull is the fastest car at the moment, especially in race pace.”
This is not reassuring news for the Tifosi who will host the Temple of Speed paddock; Monza this weekend. Leclerc has managed to win at the legendary circuit wearing red in years past, but he’s unlikely to be Ferrari-suited this time around.