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Dutch GP: Max Verstappen beats Mercedes to chaotic win as unlucky Lewis Hamilton slams strategy

Lewis Hamilton was cost by Safety Cars at the Dutch GP as he finished an unlucky fourth; Max Verstappen wins ahead of George Russell, who Mercedes pitted onto soft tyres rather than Hamilton; Carlos Sainz drops to eighth after penalty for another Ferrari blunder

Last Updated: 04/09/22 3:57pm


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Max Verstappen eases past Lewis Hamilton at the restart following the ending of the safety car at the Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen eases past Lewis Hamilton at the restart following the ending of the safety car at the Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen clinched a hard-fought home victory against Mercedes after strategy chaos in the Dutch Grand Prix, as a furious Lewis Hamilton dropped from the race favourite to an immensely unlucky fourth.

On an absorbing afternoon at Zandvoort, Hamilton twice looked like he had a big chance of clinching his first win of the season – before a VSC and after a full Safety Car – but in the end slammed his Mercedes strategy.

Critically, Mercedes chose to pit George Russell for soft tyres and not Hamilton, leaving the then race leader vulnerable on mediums to a charging Max Verstappen, who passed his rival immediately upon the restart.

Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez, before narrowly avoiding contact with Sebastian Vettel

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Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez, before narrowly avoiding contact with Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez, before narrowly avoiding contact with Sebastian Vettel

Russell and Charles Leclerc would then also overtake a hugely frustrated Hamilton.

“That was the biggest **** up,” said Hamilton on team radio. “I can’t believe you guys ****** me man.”

In winning in front of a partisan crowd dressed in orange, Verstappen has extended his title lead to 103 points with just seven races remaining.

Sergio Perez finished fifth in the other Red Bull as Carlos Sainz lost the position – and dropped all the way down to eighth – after a five-second penalty for an unsafe release on another day of Ferrari strategy blunders.

Lewis Hamilton makes contact with Carlos Sainz at the start of the Dutch Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen holds off Charles Leclerc to maintain his lead

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Lewis Hamilton makes contact with Carlos Sainz at the start of the Dutch Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen holds off Charles Leclerc to maintain his lead

Lewis Hamilton makes contact with Carlos Sainz at the start of the Dutch Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen holds off Charles Leclerc to maintain his lead

Sainz had earlier been subject to a 12-second pit-stop to drop him out of contention at the front, before Perez ran over Ferrari’s wheel gun as the misfiring Italian team seemingly weren’t ready with tyres for their driver.

Fernando Alonso recovered from a difficult qualifying to ‘best of the rest’ for Alpine, who defeated McLaren on the track on a weekend when they were embarrassed off it amid the Oscar Piastri transfer saga.

Dutch GP Final Result, Top 10
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) George Russell, Mercedes
3) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
4) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
5) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
6) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
7) Lando Norris, McLaren
8) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
9) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin

More to follow.



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