Formula 1: The lessons of the Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen wastes no time.

Formula 1: The lessons of the Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen wastes no time. After his Formula 1 home win in the Netherlands, the Red Bull driver is racing towards his second world championship. Mick Schumacher von Haas costs a possible points placement in the fight for a new contract.

Verstappen is unbeatable in this world title fight

Max Verstappen knows no let-up. The Red Bull driver celebrated his tenth win of the season in the 15th race at Zandvoort. With a lead of 109 points, his second world title can only be thwarted by a series of breakdowns. If things continue like this for Verstappen, then he can become world champion again in Singapore at the beginning of October. "Even if we win races, we want to get even better," explained the Dutchman. "You have to have that kind of approach, always wanting to do more, wanting to be better, because that's how you stay at the top. If you stop, the others will eventually overtake you." Verstappen will not allow that this season.

Mercedes is on the maiden victory turn

After the tough weekend in Belgium, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were now up front with their Mercedes, which had been improved in the Netherlands. Russell made it into second place, Hamilton only lost ground after a late safety car period and dropped from the front to fourth. The long-awaited premiere victory in 2022 is in the Silver Arrows. "We knew we had really good pace and we thought we had a real chance of Lewis fighting for the win," explained Russell, who radioed late to request fresh tires. With his pit stop, the Brit then failed as a shielding service for Hamilton, who was leading at the time. Max Verstappen in pursuit grabbed the race win.

Schumacher needs more support

In the fight for a new Formula 1 contract, Mick Schumacher gives everything. With starting position eight in the Netherlands, the Haas driver made everyone sit up and take notice. In the race, however, there were momentous mistakes in the pits. Two lousy stops, once because of a defective jack, cost the son of record world champion Michael Schumacher valuable time and in the end perhaps valuable points. "You can't control things like that, it happens," said the 23-year-old bravely after 13th place. After all, he had fun wheel-to-wheel duel with friend Sebastian Vettel from Aston Martin over several corners. But that didn't bring Schumacher any points.

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