Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton during a safety car restart to retake the lead and win the home grand prix at Zandvoort.
The championship leader led the rest of the race but got stuck under the late safety car and handed the lead to Hamilton until he passed on the restart. George Russell finished second with Charles Leclerc third for Ferrari.
When the lights went out, Verstappen successfully held on to the lead from Leclerc, while Carlos Sainz Jr. took third after a collision with Lewis Hamilton coming out of the first turn. Behind, Russell dropped to seventh behind Lando Norris, while Lance Stroll jumped from tenth to eighth.
In the second lap, Alexander Albon and Kevin Magnussen battled for 15th place from the first corner, the Haas driver running two turns and clearing the barrier. Despite falling at the back of the field, Magnussen was able to continue.
Leclerc continued to connect with the lead in the opening laps, pulling within the DRS range on lap six of Red Bull. However, Verstappen responded and pulled the gap back to over 1.5 seconds. Sainz settled in third, dropping back behind his team-mate to put pressure on Hamilton’s middle tyre, but was able to keep the Mercedes from making a serious run at him.
Sainz was closely followed by Sergio Perez. However, Ferrari failed to find Sainz’s left-rear tyre, costing Sainz crucial seconds, but Perez exiting the pit box and running the tire gun, Ferrari was able to send Sainz out with a new tire in several places.
Leclerc pitted for the medians at the end of lap 17, rejoining fourth, Verstappen two laps down, five seconds ahead of Leclerc in third. Hamilton was now leading on the intermediate tire ahead of team-mate Russell, the only two Mercedes not to make a first stop.
Verstappen pulled away from behind Russell and needed only one trip through the DRS zone at the pits to overtake the Mercedes on the outside to pass turn one and move into second place. The Red Bull driver took over the lead at the end of lap 29 when Hamilton pitted for a hard tyre, dropping him in front of Scientist in fifth. Russell followed two laps later, bringing Leclerc into second place.
Hamilton pushed straight away on his hard tires and caught Perez up to third. At the start of the 36 laps, Hamilton tried to go outside on the first lap, but Perez closed the door on the exit. The next lap, Hamilton managed to get ahead of the Red Bull, but found himself out of the pit lane after being held up heavily by Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin, who gave up under the blue flags at seven. Vettel was later investigated for ignoring the blue flags and given a five-second time penalty.
Red Bull pitted Perez on the 41st lap before Yuki Shunoda suddenly exited the circuit, dropping him to seventh. Ferrari ditched both drivers for harder tyres, dropping Leclerc to fourth behind the Mercedes. Sundoda rejoined the circuit but was soon told to stop on track for a second time, prompting the Virtual Safety Car. Mercedes joined Hamilton and Russell for the middles, still ahead of Leclerc.
The race continued as VSC took off on lap 50, with Hamilton leaving a 12.5 second gap to Verstappen to take the win in the final 23 laps. However, Valtteri Bottas suddenly stopped going into turn one, prompting the deployment of the safety car.
Red Bull hit Verstappen with a soft tyre, meaning he moved into third behind the two Mercedes. As the field drifted behind the safety car, the FIA ordered cars to drive through the pit lane. As they did, Russell invented softer tyres, which dropped him to third behind Verstappen, but on the same tires as Red Bull, while Hamilton stayed on the media they used.
As the race resumed on lap 61, Verstappen immediately passed the Mercedes on the pit straight to take the lead before turning one. A few laps later, Russell made way for his team-mate to take second place, with Hamilton relegated to Leclerc in similar fashion a few laps later.
Verstappen slowly pulled away from his pursuer Russell and marked the remaining laps to take the checkered flag and secure his fourth straight victory. Russell claimed second, five seconds behind, with Leclerc crossing the line to complete the podium in third.
Hamilton was unhappy with fourth place, with Perez finishing fifth. Fernando Alonso added sixth from Lando Norris in seventh, while Sainz was provisionally eighth and a five-second time penalty was applied for an unsafe release, but the possibility of going under yellow flags further penalties. Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll took the final points in ninth and tenth.
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