F1 Dutch GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race day

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By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb, Tom Howard

Summary

  • The Dutch GP begins at 1400 BST (1500 local time)
  • Verstappen starts on pole from Hamilton
  • Perez and Latifi to start from pitlane
  • Verstappen leads Hamilton and Bottas from the start.
  • Ricciardo dropping oil from his McLaren. Team says no issue with car.
  • Hamilton blinks first, pits on lap 19, Verstappen covers the stop and emerges ahead of the Brit. Bottas leads on a one stop.
  • Verstappen passes Bottas to retake the lead Hamilton P2 on lap 31/72
  • Hamilton makes second stop for mediums, Verstappen covers the stop again but switches to hards. Verstappen leads Hamilton.
  • Verstappen wins the Dutch GP by 20.9s from Hamilton with Bottas in third.  
  • Hamilton takes the point for the fastest lap on the final lap. 

Leaderboard

  1. Verstappen, Red Bull
  2. Hamilton. Mercedes
  3. Bottas, Mercedes
  4. Gasly, AlphaTauri
  5. Leclerc, Ferrari 
  6. Alonso, Alpine
  7. Sainz, Ferrari
  8. Perez, Red Bull
  9. Ocon, Alpine
  10. Norris, McLaren
Status: Stopped
09:51 Thanks everyone for tuning in - we'll be back once again for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza! Have a pleasant afternoon!
09:48 If Nicholas Latifi eventually wins a race at Montreal, F1 HAS to rope Alanis Morrisette into proceedings somehow.
09:47 Dispensing with the usual podium traditions, Davina Michelle gets an encore to sing the national anthem again.
09:44 Verstappen is soaking up the adulation like a sponge, basking in the delight of the home crowd. It was only going to go one way today, really.
09:41 Ex-F1 driver and sex toy entrepreneur Robert Doornbos is handling the post-race interviews.
09:40 Naturally, Verstappen is back in control of the drivers' standings now.
09:37 There's orange smoke absolutely everywhere as the flares are let off. The home fans are reasonably pleased, let's say.
09:36
 
09:36 Leclerc is fifth, ahead of Alonso, Sainz, Perez, Ocon and Norris.
09:35 Bottas completes the podium after his, ahem, fastest lap attempt, finishing ahead of Gasly, who keeps fourth with a sterling drive.
09:34 Hamilton DOES get the fastest lap, a 1m11.097s, as he takes a conciliatory second place.
09:34 And Alonso gets by Sainz on the final lap to take P6!
09:34 The crowd goes ABSOLUTELY wild, as Max Verstappen wins the Dutch Grand Prix!
09:33 Perez is up to P8, getting by Ocon late in this race. After the start he made to this race that is a solid recovery by the Mexican.
09:32 Hamilton gets soft tyres now for an attempt at the fastest lap. This seems...unnecessary, given it was Hamilton's point anyway.
09:32 Russell also pits late on, which at least allows him to serve his earlier five-second time penalty for speeding in the pitlane, which sees the Williams driver drop to P15.
09:31 Bottas does set the fastest lap, however, a 1m12.549s. He was told to abort it, he doesn't, and now he's going to be in trouble...
09:30 "We're not going for fastest," Bottas is told. "Why did we stop," Bottas asks, and is told it was precautionary and totally not to build a gap for Hamilton to stop in.
09:28 Bottas comes in for a second stop, for some reason. Hamilton has the fastest lap at the moment, and Mercedes won't be too willing to let Bottas take it...will they?
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