Verstappen snatches overall lead after Dutch GP win

Sports Desk, Sep 5 (EFE).- Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Dutch Grand Prix in front of a home crowd Sunday to wrest the top spot in the overall leaderboard away from his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton.

The Dutchman, who started from pole position, earned his 7th F1 win of the season, ahead of Mercedes’ duo Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who came second and third respectively.

Heading into Sunday’s race, Hamilton was leading second-placed Verstappen by three points.

“The expectations here were so high and that’s not always easy,” the Verstappen told F1 media after his win.

“But it’s an amazing feeling and the crowd here were incredible as you can see,” he added. “We can be really pleased with the whole team performance today.”

Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, said: “What a race, what a crowd, it’s been an amazing weekend.”

“Max did an amazing job, so huge congratulations to him,” he added.

Alpha Tauri’s French driver Pierre Gasly was fourth, ahead of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), while the Spaniards Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) came sixth and seventh respectively.

 Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) completed the top 10 respectively.

 The next stop will be the Italian GP scheduled for 12 September, where Verstappen will try to defend his 3-point lead over Hamilton.

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