Verstappen took the lead from pole, ahead of the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. They both started on soft tyres, while Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell opted for medium tyres from the start – allowing them to aim for one stop after switching to hard tyres Strategy.
This strategy was ruined. AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda stopped twice on the track, which gave Verstappen an advantage after the virtual safety car, but when Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo also stopped, The pendulum swings back, bringing out a full safety car.
Hamilton was back in the lead, but trailed on the tyres, so Verstappen immediately passed him on the restart. Hamilton eventually dropped to fourth, behind Russell and Leclerc, and fumed about his tire strategy on the air.
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How the Dutch Grand Prix unfolded
Verstappen maintains pole position in the run Turn 1, ahead of Leclerc and Sainz, who just got out of Hamilton’s touch at Turn 1.
Under pressure from Alex Albon’s Williams, Kevin Magnussen suffered an error on lap 2, causing his Haas to finish the wall back view. Russell’s Mercedes DRS passed fast-starting McLaren Lando Norris on lap 3 for sixth.
Sainz was the first frontrunner to pit on lap 15, but suffered a disastrous stop at 12.7 seconds. The left rear wasn’t ready, giving Perez the lead – although he had to run past Sainz’s spare wheel cannon to get out of his pit. Sainz dropped to sixth place.
Leclerc lost to Verstappen on lap 18, he pitted on lap 18. Verstappen pitted a lap later, which freed up Mercedes, both of them were using medium-sized instead of
and put on newer tires, Verstappen was on lap 28 at Tarzan surpassed Russell for second place and caught up with Hamilton who was 2.6 seconds ahead. Hamilton pitted a lap later for hard tyres and rejoined on lap five, with Russell following a few laps later.
Hamilton attacked Perez for third on lap 36 and a lap after a few near misses he passed him at Tarzan, but was rejoined by a stopper Bastian Vettel (Aston Martin) was delayed by three seconds – the result is now over a pit stop behind Verstappen. Two laps later, Russell easily passed Perez.
However, Verstappen was not happy with the medium tires and Hamilton started to catch up to him and Leclerc in second. Perez was asked to change the hard tyres at this point to help Verstappen choose his next tyre – and set the fastest lap right away. Leclerc made a difficult pit stop on lap 46.
Yuki Tsunoda exited at Turn 5, claiming his tires were not fitted properly, but rejoined without causing the safety car. After another pit stop, he pulled over again, creating a virtual safety car – killing Mercedes’ planned one-stop strategy and trapping the recently parked Ferrari on hard tires, while Norris and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) switched to soft tyres behind them.
Verstappen pitted for new hard tires, Hamilton and Russell for new medium tires. The race resumed with Verstappen 13 seconds ahead of Hamilton, Russell and Leclerc.
Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo stopped just before Turn 1 and Sainz passed Ocon in sixth place on a yellow card. Verstappen pitted for a soft change, allowing Hamilton to lead Russell.
Under the safety car, Russell stopped again for a softer change, as did Sainz, who nearly hit Alonso as he re-entered the fast lane.
Race restarted with Hamilton ahead of Verstappen, Russell and Leclerc on the used medium. Perez was fifth in the midsize car, ahead of Sainz, Alonso, Norris and Ocon.
Verstappen passed Hamilton for the lead into Tarzan with 11 laps left, and Sainz passed Perez in a similar fashion for fifth.
Russell passed a furious Hamilton in second place on lap 64 and the two nearly collided at high speed on the start/finish line. Leclerc also swooped past Hamilton, pushing him off the podium.
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Sainz finished fifth under pressure from Perez, but was also penalised 5 seconds for an unsafe release, who ran a few laps on the Tarzan gravel.
Verstappen wins ahead of Russell and Leclerc. Hamilton went on to finish fourth, with Sainz losing fifth on penalties, which left him eighth behind Perez, Alonso and Norris.
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