Dutch Grand Prix: Max Verstappen master at home

Double blow for Max Verstappen. On his home soil, the Dutchman won the Dutch Grand Prix this Sunday ahead of his rival Lewis Hamilton. With this 7th victory of the season, the Red Bull driver has taken back control of the world championship with three points ahead of the Briton.

After more than 35 years of absence from the calendar, the “orange tide” could not ask for a better return. Expected by a whole people, fully committed to his cause, Verstappen reigned supreme to triumph on the Zandvoort route and succeed Niki Lauda, ​​the last winner in the Netherlands in 1985.

Starting from pole, he flew from the start to only leave the lead of the race during his first pitstop. If Hamilton remained in contact with him throughout the 72 laps, with no major twists and turns, he was never really threatened to sign the 17th.e success of his career. Perhaps the most beautiful in front of his audience.

“I’m really happy to win here. It’s an amazing day. Mercedes tried to make life difficult for us, we were able to respond when needed, ”said Max Verstappen. And this victory is all the more beautiful as it allows him to regain the advantage in front of the Mercedes driver in the fight for the title of world champion.

Arrived in the Netherlands three points behind, a week after the controversial race in Belgium, the Batavian will leave home with three points more than the seven-time world champion, who took the point of the fastest lap in the race, to nine Grands Prix at the end of the season.

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A gap that he will try to keep from next week in Italy during the Monza Grand Prix, a year after the victory of Pierre Gasly. And the Frenchman, author of another remarkable performance at Zandvoort with a 4e place behind Valtteri Bottas, will try to create a surprise again and why play the spoilsport in the more than indecisive showdown between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

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