Verstappen celebrates record victory in the rain chaos at Zandvoort

Verstappen celebrates record victory in the rain chaos at Zandvoort
Heavy downpours in the initial phase and shortly before the end of the race did not prevent Verstappen
Image: GEPA pictures/ XPB Images/ Bearne (GEPA pictures)

The local hero triumphed in the Red Bull at the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso and Pierre Gasly in the Alpine. For the Austro racing team Red Bull it was the 13th success in the 13th race of the season, which also delighted the frenetically celebrating “Orange Army” on the North Sea coast.

In the first race after the summer break, Verstappen equaled Sebastian Vettel’s record streak from 2013, when the German had also been victorious in the Red Bull nine times in a row. The 25-year-old Dutchman again delivered a confident performance on the dune track west of Amsterdam and did not let the rain chaos at the start of the race and shortly before the end, including the 45-minute red flag red flag, dupe him. Verstappen celebrated his 46th GP victory, the eleventh this year.

In front of a home crowd in Zandvoort in front of 305,000 spectators over the race weekend, the pole sitter triumphed for the third time in a row since returning to the F1 calendar two years ago. In the overall standings, after 13 of 22 World Cup appearances, Verstappen is still comfortably ahead with 339 points, ahead of Perez (201), who ultimately received a five-second penalty and finished fourth, and Alonso (168).

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