The Dutch Grand Prix was once again won by Max Verstappen but it was a more competitive weekend than last year’s event in Zandvoort.
There have been some impressive performances in the field, with other drivers leaving the Netherlands hoping for a better life at the seaside circuit.
Here are the Race Fans driver rankings for the Dutch Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton – 7
Qualified: 4th (+2 places ahead of teammate) -0.499 faster than teammate Finish in Q3: 4th (-2 behind teammate)
After a crash in the final Q3 lap, he started in fourth place on the grid and tried to sneak into Sainz for a bit of contact in the first corner, luckily avoiding injury before switching to hard tires on lap 29 to overtake the competition and inherit the lead. Four seconds into trying to overtake him, Sebastian Vettel’s Cote Leclerc Ferrari was caught before the stage, using the Virtual Safety Car to switch to mid-level. Verstappen increased his lead when he got under the safety car, but he led the field on old media. Late, then Leclerc couldn’t stop him from passing him and finished fourth.
George Russell – 7
Qualified: 6th (-2 behind teammate) +0.499 slower than teammate in Q3: 2nd (+2 ahead of teammate)
In first practice he was sixth after the first lap in Q3 but was denied any chance of improvement due to Perez’s spin. He started in mid-position and at the second corner was overtaken by Norris for sixth on lap four before the Red Bull raced back up to Perez. His team-mate switched to hard tires before being overtaken by Verstappen and overtook Perez for fourth, then from third under VSC. Not catching Verstappen at the front, second at the finish
Max Verstappen – 8
Qualified: Pole (+4 places ahead of team-mate) -0.735 ahead of team-mate Finished in Q3: Winner (+4 places ahead of team-mate)
Only six laps were completed in first practice before he was stopped by gearbox trouble on Friday, a second off the pace, pipping Leclerc to pole position by 0.021 seconds on the final lap in Q3, taking the lead at the start of the race and being caught in the opening lap before Russell caught up with him after the test. For the midgets, Hamilton regained the lead after a pit stop, using VSC to gain 11 seconds on heavy tires to gain 11 seconds over Hamilton, who was caught under the safety car and handed the lead to Mercedes, but Russell opted to pit for second on the restart and was immediately overtaken. Hamilton pushed a healthy gap on Russell to retake the lead and took the checkered flag to win by four seconds.
Sergio Perez – 4
Qualified: 5th (-4 places behind team-mate) +0.735s slower than team-mate in Q3: 5th (-4 places behind team-mate)
He struggled for speed on Friday, finishing fifth out of ten seconds after running from the start in Q3, but during the final lap at turn 13, it prevented him and both Mercedes from improving. Fifth in second place he moved ahead of Sainz at the congested pit stop but was unable to match his team-mate’s pace as he battled hard to fend off the Mercedes pair post-race but passed either side before switching to hards. He lined up fifth on the restart and was immediately passed by Sainz on the restart, who later took to the grass on the exit to Tarzan, fifth as he tried to catch Alonso on the final lap, earning Sainz a penalty for fifth.
Carlos Sanz Jnr – 5
Qualified: 3rd (-1 place behind team-mate) +0.071 slower than team-mate Finished in Q3: 8th (-5 places behind team-mate)
Fastest progress to Q3 in opening practice, but third on the grid he lined up tenth slower than his team-mate, making some contact with Hamilton in the first corner but coming back ahead of his team-mate and coming under pressure from Hamilton. Taking first place among the front runners, the team waited ten seconds for the fourth tire, dropped him to sixth, suffered a serious injury on lap 43, caught up with Norris and Alpins, and passed Ocon under yellow flags. However, he was released in front of Alonso, which resulted in a time penalty for the stewards. He started sixth behind Perez but challenged the Red Bull to move up to fifth at the green flag.
Charles Leclerc – 6
Qualified: 2nd (+1 place ahead of team-mate) -0.071 faster than team-mate Finished in Q3: 3rd (+5 places ahead of team-mate)
The fastest and final practice took provisional pole at the start of Q3 but a mistake in the middle sector on the final lap saw him lose pole by 0.021. He started on the softs and took second place, staying within five seconds of first Verstappen until he entered the midfield. Mercedes gradually fell behind Verstappen after entering VSC waiting but lost out to Mercedes with two laps to go but switched from hard to soft under the safety car but remained ahead in fourth on the restart. To take the last place on the stage
Lando Norris – 7
Qualified: 7th (+10 places ahead of teammate) -0.525 ahead of teammate Finished in Q1: 7th (+10 places ahead of teammate)
They easily reached Q3 in each session ahead of his team-mate, with the ‘best of the rest’ grid slot coming out of the second corner to take sixth place over Russell in the seventh pass, Russell staying within a few seconds as he started a handful of four. VSCPitted under the safety car for a second set of softs before Sainz fell to the softs in midfield in seventh, leaving Alonso in DRS territory in the 8th sat after the restart. After the science time penalty
Daniel Ricardo – 3
Qualified: 17th (-10 places behind team-mate) +0.525s slower than team-mate in Q1: 17th (-10 places behind team-mate)
He lost every session after his team-mate, running in second practice with a radiator problem, was eliminated 17th in Q1 and moved ahead of Botts after suffering an on-track dirt problem entering Turn 13. Unable to switch to the hard tires and left behind Vettel, he lost ground to Magnussen and put second softs under the safety car about 6 seconds ahead of his team-mate’s safety car, but missed out on the rail after the breakaway. He himself finished second on the road in 17th place.
Fernando Alonso – 7
Qualified: 13th (-1 place behind team-mate) +0.008s slower than team-mate in Q2: 6th (+3 places ahead of team-mate)
He was disappointed to finish 13th in Q2 ahead of his team-mate in each practice session, behind his team-mate Overtalk Gasly sat in turn three and was 13th at the end of the opening session before eventually falling to hard tyres, leading Gasly by ten. He moved up to seventh in the field before hitting the softs under the safety car, after the Ferrari in front of him was released on the pit lane and lined up seventh for the restart. Finish the “best of the rest” in seventh place
Esteban Ocon – 6
Qualified: 12th (+1 place behind teammate) -0.008s faster than teammate Finished in Q2: 9th (-3 behind teammate)
Team-mate after team-mate beat his team-mate by a narrow margin in each practice session, after Q2 lapsed to line up 12th on the grid under braking, despite Gasly, Sundoda and Schumacher passing on the opening lap, he dropped from his team-mate to tenth after a strong turn. Tires helped for a second track position, staying below VSC and running up to sixth on the softs.
Pierre Gasly – 5
Qualified: 11th (-2 behind teammate) +0.084s slower than teammate Finished in Q2: 11th
Balance struggled and he lost time working on his car at the start of second practice, qualifying 11th on the grid at the end of Q2 after being hit by his team-mate and losing two places to both Alpines in the first corner, one place back on Alonso. He was 12th behind his team-mate in the opening lap and was behind Tsunoda until he was overtaken by Alonso on lap ten. He could not pass by finishing outside
Yuki Shunoda – 6
Qualified: 9th (+2 positions from team-mate) -0.084s from team-mate Finish in Q2: Retired (difference – L44)
At the expense of his team-mate, he squeezed through to Q3 to take ninth on the grid positions in the opening round, with Ocon and Schumacher running 11th behind his team-mate. A heavy 42 on lap 42 led to a special order and a diff issue eventually led to his retirement.
Sebastian Vettel – 4
Qualified: 19th (-9 behind teammate) +0.823 slower than teammate in Q1: 14th (-4 places behind teammate)
He was eliminated from Q1 in 19th after exiting Q1 in 19th due to dirt at the entrance to a corner, then a mistake by Magnuson to finish 17th after switching from soft to medium and his rivals falling behind, Schumacher and Bottas finishing 17th in Hamilton. -Perez joined the war front and could not provide leaders until seven years later. The stewards switched to softs under VSC, joined behind Schumacher, came out under the safety car at the back end and started hard again behind Schumacher in 14th place, eventually falling behind after a penalty on the last lap.
Lance Stroll – 7
Qualified: 10th (+9 places ahead of teammate) -0.823 ahead of teammate Finished in Q1: 10th (+4 places ahead of teammate)
He entered Q3 but was denied the chance to compete in the final stage due to a hydraulic problem. Starting on soft, Tsunoda went off the line, then Schumacher took eighth place, showing good pace in eighth place, falling away from Alonso’s range in the middle second and dropping to tenth. Exposed to serious trouble, Alonso stopped to use the softs under the VSCSwitched to the safety car and still restarted in tenth as his rivals tried to close in on Ocon, but he had to score the last point in tenth.
Nicholas Laffey – 3
Qualified: 20th (-5 places behind teammate) +1.658 Slower than teammate in Q1: 18th (-6 behind teammate)
He was slow in all three practice sessions behind his team-mate at each time slot, and after suffering engine trouble in Q1, he was unplaced on the opening lap, but was ahead of Magnussen, who dropped to the back of the field after two mistakes on lap two. Magnussen struggled with a serious tire failure and was put on the softs before the safety car was deployed.
Alexander Albon – 7
Qualified: 15th (+5 places ahead of teammate) -1.658 ahead of teammate Finished in Q1: 12th (+6 places ahead of teammate)
He progressed to Q2 comfortably ahead of his team-mate in each session but was unable to compete with the best Q1 time in 15th. As Magnussen raced on lap two and then spent the first stint behind Ricciardo pitted for the second midfield, he dropped to 16th late on and out of DRS Vettel’s range, moving up to 12th and locking on to the hard tires without losing a position. After restarting to lose the points
Valtteri Bottas – 5
Qualified: 16th (-2 behind team-mate) +0.135s slower than team-mate Finished in Q1: retired (mechanical – L54)
He failed to follow his team-mate through to Q2, starting 16th on the grid from the off-line but losing two places and dropping three turns to be passed by Vettel and dropped to 19th in 18th, while Magnuson rejoined 17th when he ran off-track on the second lap. On the softs, he passed Vettel for 16th despite minor contact with Tarzan, who moved ahead of his team-mate before he was 13th after the second stop before suddenly losing his engine and retiring on lap 54.
Zhou Guanyu – 5
Qualified: 14th (+2 positions from teammate) -0.135s from teammate Finished in Q1: 16th
He beat a teammate by a tenth of a second to finish 14th on the grid before pitting on lap 12 for a second set of softs. In 13th, he fell behind his team-mate after being penalized at the second stop after being unable to find a way through sustained pressure on Gasly, but when Bottas retired he took 13th and dropped to 16th on the train.
Mick Schumacher – 7
Qualified: 8th (+10 places ahead of teammate) -0.578 ahead of teammate Finished in Q1: 13th (+2 places ahead of teammate)
He went into Q3 in each session ahead of his team-mate, starting on medium tires to line up eighth on the grid, opening up two places to Stroll and Ocon, determined to run lap ten, but lost around eight seconds with a front jack problem, dropping him behind. Vettel in 17th passed Vettel at turn 12 to move up to 16th, but came under pressure from Bottas before pitting for second, Ricciardo dropped back and moved up to 16th, running under the VSC and climbing under the safety car to 13th without losing his place. He dropped back to 15th in the closing laps after being taken by Vettel.
Kevin Magnussen – 4
Qualified: 18th (-10 places behind team-mate) +0.578s slower than team-mate in Q1: 15th (-2 behind team-mate)
He was eliminated in Q1 18th in each session after his team-mate, ten places behind team-mate Overwatch’s Bottas, then Ricciardo and Albon dropped to 15th on the opening lap of turn seven after making a mistake at the back of the field at turn 2, clearing the defense but continuing. Latifi and 18th-passing Ran made a second stop behind his team-mate, before Ricciardo got past the safety car for 18th and moved ahead of Zhu.
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