Max Verstappen won the Grand Prix in the Netherlands, with George Russell in P2 and Charles Leclerc in P3. Monegask was delighted after taking advantage of the safety car and a tactical error by Mercedes.
Lewis Hamilton appeared to have a good chance of winning, but thanks to Mercedes’ decision to leave Hamilton on the middle tire during the safety car, Leclerc was able to accelerate after his resumption after the Briton to P3. Leclerc is satisfied with the race in Zandvoort. “Honestly, P3 was the highest that could be achieved. VSC wasn’t so lucky for us, but it didn’t matter too because Verstappen was so fast. Mercedes was also flying on the hard tyre, while we were struggling with that one. All in all a great P3. For us “
Hamilton and the championship
His overtaking of Hamilton in the final stage of the race was not difficult, according to Leclerc. “Hamilton struggled with the medium tires used. I had a little more grip and was able to get past it. But they were still quick the last few laps.” About the gap in the championship, which is only increasing, Leclerc says: “The gap is really big now. We’ll take it in the race by race and try to get the maximum, and then we’ll see what’s possible.”
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