The Dutch Grand Prix is over. The race was won by none other than Max Verstappen followed by the Mercedes drivers. There may not have been as many overtakes as usual, but there is plenty to talk about. How did the teams score this week? Here are the numbers GPblog.com gives them.
On Friday it seemed that Ferrari had a fast car at the Zandvoort circuit, but they didn’t live up to this on Saturday. Charles Leclerc wasn’t fast enough and Carlos Sainz crashed during qualifying. The team achieved an average result with P5 and P7. It is to be hoped that the team can do better on their home track in Monza.
With Max Verstappen’s dominant win and Sergio Perez‘s race to eighth, Red Bull’s team gets a big nine this week. Unfortunately, the failed qualifying session, in which Perez fell one and a half seconds short of a fast lap, prevented Red Bull from scoring a ten this week. Despite this, the team had a great weekend.
The two Alpine drivers both finished in the points. Esteban Ocon tried to overtake Fernando Alonso several times during the race and complained that he was faster than the man in front of him, but Alonso eventually finished ahead of him in sixth place. A great weekend for the team with a double points finish.
The gentlemen of Mercedes were not fast enough to beat Verstappen on his home circuit this week. They fought hard and for a while, it looked like Lewis Hamilton could come back to fight with the Dutchman, but the team failed to take the win. Valtteri Bottas disappointed with a mistake that allowed Verstappen to overtake him easily and Hamilton finally had the wrong strategy. Still, a double podium should be rewarded.
Antonio Giovinazzi had a surprisingly strong qualifying with a place in the top ten. During the race, however, he was unable to hold on to his position. The replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, Rubert Kubica, did not do badly and finished ahead of the Williams and Haas drivers.
The team’s strategy allowed Lando Norris to pick up a point, but Daniel Ricciardo fell just outside the top ten, despite qualifying better than Norris. Looking at the previous results of this season, this was not the strongest race for McLaren.
It wasn’t the best weekend for Aston Martin. Both drivers finished outside the top ten and Sebastian Vettel also spun during the race. A weekend to forget for the team.
A weekend to forget for Williams. Both drivers crashed in qualifying and caused a red flag. During the race, Russell also crashed out due to a gearbox problem.
Things didn’t go too well between Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin this weekend. During both qualifying and the race, there was a dangerous moment between the two drivers. Mazepin eventually crashed out and Schumacher finished last, three laps down.