Monday, December 11, 2023

Max Verstappen wins the Dutch Grand Prix

The Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) further strengthened his advantage at the helm of the Formula One World Championship by winning this Sunday -for the third time in a row-, in front of his audience, the Dutch Grand Prix, which was held on the circuit of Zandvoort; where the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) finished second and signed his seventh podium of the season, the 105th in the premier class.

Verstappen, 25, achieved his eleventh victory of the year -his 46th in F1- by winning ahead of the Asturian double world champion -who also signed the fastest lap and confirmed his third place in the general classification- and the French Pierre Gasly (Alpine). In a race than the other Spanish, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), finished in fifth positionbehind the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), who was fourth this Sunday.

In a crazy race -interrupted with a red flag with seven of the 72 scheduled laps to go, due to the rain-, the new great sports idol of the The Netherlands raised the historical record to 13 of victories followed by his team and equaled another record, that of victories in a row: those achieved ten years ago, also with Red Bull, the four-time German world champion Sebastian Vettel.

The seven-time English world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) finished sixth, ahead of his compatriot Lando Norris (McLaren), who had started second.

Thai Alex Albon (Williams) capped off a great weekend by finishing eighth.

the aussie Oscar Piastri (McLaren) and the Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine) also entered the points, finishing ninth and tenth, respectively.

Verstappen now leads the World Cup with 339 points, 138 more than ‘Checo’ -who was sidelined from the podium by a five-second penalty for irregularities in the ‘pit lane’- and with 171 over Alonso.

The championship resumes next weekend with the Italian Grand Prix, which will be held at Monza.


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