Formula 1: Verstappen triumphs at home, Hamilton and Bottas on the podium
Starting from pole position, Max Verstappen won the race at the Zandvoort circuit.
THEDutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won “his” Dutch Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton on Sunday and regained the lead in the Formula 1 world championship with three points ahead of Briton’s Mercedes.
Third place in the thirteenth round of the season, run under the sun and in front of 70,000 spectators on the Zandvoort circuit, goes to the Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).
Frenchman Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) is fourth and Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) fifth in a relatively slow race, as one would expect on a track hardly conducive to overtaking.
The Spaniards Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari), the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), who started from the pit lane, the French Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and the Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) complete the Top 10 .
If his teammate Bottas almost deprived him of it, it was Hamilton who finally took the point of the best lap, on his 72nd and last lap. A point that could prove to be crucial if the fight for the title remains so close.
On the Dutch GP list, Verstappen, who started on pole ahead of the Briton and his Finnish teammate, succeeds… the Austrian Niki Lauda, winner in the last edition in 1985 and accompanied on the podium by Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.
Note the presence of the Pole Robert Kubica (15th) in the seat usually occupied at Alfa Romeo by the Finnish Kimi Räikkönen, tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday evening and replaced on Saturday morning before the third free practice session.
The season continues with a third race in two weeks, scheduled for next weekend in Monza, Italy, on Ferrari land.