Max Verstappen appeared with great expectations for the Dutch Grand Prix for the first time in 36 years, surpassing it with a victory that regained the lead of the championship.
In 2021, formula one racing returned to zandvoort for the first time since who won the last dutch grand prix in 1985?
Not long ago, when the young Max Verstappen lay his head on his pillow at night, his dream was probably: He falls into delirium and leads the F1 World Championship as a result. Sounds good. But what if the reality were even sweeter?
Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix at 23-year-old Zandvoort raced F1 on a circuit surrounded by the North Sea coast for the first time in 36 years, and it was Honda of Red Bull Racing who returned purely for his popularity. It was a star. The 17th Grand Prix victory, and arguably the most special victory.
Over 200,000 weekend crowds, 99% of whom seem to be wearing orange T-shirts, waving orange flags and waving orange flares, cheering loudly on each lap. raised. At the end of the race, their man returned to the top steps of the podium and took the lead in the title chase again.
Yes, this victory was worth 25 points like many others, but the first visit to F1’s Zandvoort since 1985 is the most memorable of Verstappen’s season no matter what happens from here. Will go down as one of the remaining weekends. And it’s not just Max.
A classic circuit with a modern twist, a sparkling sun after Belgium’s debilitating disappointment a week ago, F1, dance music by a local DJ, and perhaps a party-like atmosphere that blows away adult drinks, all combined. I made the best ground. The atmosphere of Prix for a long time.
Twenty drivers went out on the course on Sunday afternoon, but the crowd was looking at only two. Verstappen was on the pole, and main title rival Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was in the front row.
Overtaking is set to be premium around a fast, flowing and narrow layout, so the race can be defined in the first 10 seconds. After Verstappen made the start, the race was under his control and the home hero abandoned the lead just eight laps from the first pit stop.
I didn’t even have to see where Verstappen was in orbit. Every time he passed the grandstand in a 4.3km layout, he heard a roaring crowd. When work was completed 72 laps later, bedlam and lots of orange flare smoke followed.
Here’s a magical Sunday for Verstappen and how a truly exciting race up and down the grid unfolded.