Verstappen wins Dutch GP to equal Vettel’s F1 record

    Alonso finished second for Aston Martin, while Alpine’s Gasly completed the podium after Perez was hit with a penalty.

    Published On Aug 27, 2023 09:46:00 PM


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    Max Verstappen survived constantly changing weather conditions and even a red flag restart to win the Dutch GP on home soil. With this, the Red Bull driver equals Sebastian Vettel’s all-time F1 record of nine consecutive race wins (set a decade ago, in 2013).

    Fernando Alonso made a podium appearance for the first time since the Canadian GP, finishing P2. Pierre Gasly completed the podium, also returning to the podium for the first time since the 2021 Azerbaijan GP.

    1. Verstappen wins, 3.744 secs ahead of Alonso
    2. Gasly on podium
    3. Ferrari’s Leclerc retires from race

    Verstappen wins on home soil

    It was a chaotic start to the Dutch GP. Verstappen initially led the way on a dry track, as Alonso passed Alex Albon and George Russell for third place. But then the rain started coming down, resulting in split strategies – some drivers pitted for intermediate tyres immediately while some took the gamble and stayed out an extra few laps on slicks.

    By Lap 3, Sergio Perez – the first of the drivers to switch to inters – found himself in the lead. But Verstappen made the undercut work by pitting for slicks earlier than his teammate, and reclaimed the lead. The Dutch driver remained in control out at front when it started raining once again with just a handful of laps to go – this time even heavier than before.

    The race was finally red flagged after Zhou Guanyu crashed into the barriers, making it a seven-lap dash to the finish line. After a few laps behind the Safety Car, Verstappen aced the re-start in slippery conditions and kept Alonso at bay to score a hat-trick of Dutch GP wins.

    Alonso shines in mixed conditions

    Alonso displayed some masterful driving in the mixed conditions, and kept the pressure on Verstappen at the restart. But he had to settle for second place, 3.744 secs adrift.

    Nevertheless, the Aston Martin driver will be happy to return to the podium for the first time in over two months. He also set the fastest lap to score an additional point

    Perez penalty promotes Gasly to podium

    Perez crossed the chequered flag third on road, but he was handed a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane. This promoted Pierre Gasly to P3, making this his first podium appearance in over two years

    Carlos Sainz – the sole Ferrari driver in the race after Charles Leclerc had to retire due to damage picked up on the opening lap – came under pressure from Hamilton in last few laps. But the Spaniard fended off Hamilton to hold on to fifth place.

    McLaren’s Lando Norris was seventh, while Russell’s late retirement (following contact with Norris) promoted Williams’ Alex Albon to eighth. Oscar Piastri and Esteban Ocon completed the top 10. Liam Lawson - who replaced Daniel Ricciardo as AlphaTauri following the Australian driver's wrist injury - finsihed his debut F1 race in P13.

    2023 F1 standings

    Verstappen now leads the championship by a mammoth 138 points from Perez. With 339 points, he has more points to his name this year than Mercedes as a team (who are second in the constructors’ standings).

    Alonso is third overall, 33 points behind Perez, but just 12 points ahead of Hamilton. F1 will now head to Monza for the Italian GP on September 1-3.

    2023 Dutch GP results

    2023 Dutch GP results
    1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing
    2Fernando AlonsoAston Martin
    3Pierre GaslyAlpine
    4Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing
    5Carlos SainzFerrari
    6Lewis HamiltonMercedes
    7Lando NorrisMcLaren
    8Alex AlbonWilliams
    9Oscar PiastriMcLaren
    10Esteban OconAlpine
    11Lance StrollAston Martin
    12Nico HulkenbergHaas
    13Liam LawsonAlphaTauri
    14Kevin MagnussenHaas
    15Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo
    16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri
    17George RussellMercedes
    NCZhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo
    NCCharles LeclercFerrari
    NCLogan SargeantWilliams

    Also see:

    Verstappen leads Red Bull 1-2 at Belgian GP

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