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Formula 1 Dutch GP

F1 Dutch GP results: Max Verstappen wins after red flag

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Dutch Grand Prix, the 13th round of the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship, at Zandvoort.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60, George Russell, Mercedes F1 W14

Verstappen won – his third consecutive triumph at home to match the record of nine victories in a row – from Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and Pierre Gasly (Alpine) after rain heavy caused a red flag following Zhou Guanyu’s hefty crash at Turn 1 required a five-lap sprint to the finish.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez lost third on the road to Gasly due to a penalty for speeding in the pits.

2023 F1 Dutch Grand Prix results

Cla Driver  Car / Engine   Laps   Gap 
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 72 -
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 72 -3.744
10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 72 -7.058
11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 72 -10.068
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 72 -12.541
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 72 -13.209
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 72 -13.232
23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 72 -15.155
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 72 -16.580
10  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 72 -18.346
11  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 72 -20.087
12  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 72 -20.840
13  40 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 72 -26.147
14  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 72 -26.410
15  77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 72 -27.388
16  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 72 -29.893
17  63 George Russell Mercedes 72 -55.754
24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 62 -
16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 41 -
2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 14 -

How the 2023 F1 Dutch Grand Prix unfolded

On a dry track, and on soft slick tyres, Verstappen led Lando Norris (McLaren) and George Russell (Mercedes) into Turn 1. Alonso snatched third from Russell at Turn 3 as rain began to fall, and drivers found a soaking track surface in the final corners.

Perez, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Zhou (Alfa Romeo) and Gasly pitted at the end of lap one for intermediates, but Ferrari didn’t have Leclerc’s tyres ready and he lost a huge amount of time.

Alonso passed Norris for second at the exit of Turn 3 before Verstappen and Alonso pitted for inters at the end of the second lap. Norris stayed out but Russell passed him at Turn 1.

Perez, the first car on inters, quickly surged past Norris and Russell to lead by the middle of lap three, with Zhou also rising to second thanks to his early stop.

Norris pitted a lap later (dropping to 12th) but Russell stayed out on slicks for another slow tour, and he tumbled to 14th, one spot behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Perez led Zhou, Gasly and Verstappen, who was 14s behind the leader by lap five. Verstappen barged his way past Gasly at Turn 3, while Alonso moved back into the top five, running ahead of Leclerc. Verstappen zapped past Zhou at Turn 3 on lap seven and was now within 10s of leader Perez and carving into his lead.

Zhou and Alonso pitted for slicks on lap 11, with Verstappen doing likewise a lap later. As Perez went a lap longer, Verstappen was able to undercut him to take the lead by 3.5s.

Alonso made short work of Zhou, with Gasly and Sainz also moving ahead of him. Leclerc suffered another delay when Ferrari changed his front wing when he changed to slicks, dropping him to 13th, and he’d later retire due to the floor damage sustained after he’d clipped Oscar Piastri’s McLaren early on.

Logan Sargeant crashed his Williams at Turn 8, which brought out the safety car on lap 17.

The race restarted on lap 22 with Verstappen leading Perez, Alonso, Gasly, Sainz and Zhou. Alex Albon, who didn’t pit his Williams for inters, surged back to seventh, passing Kevin Magnussen’s Haas and then took sixth from Zhou.

Verstappen led by 5s at half distance, with Alonso falling 4s behind Perez in third. Sainz pitted from fifth on lap 42 for more softs, safe in the knowledge that Gasly had a 5s penalty for speeding in the pitlane and he gained fourth when Gasly stopped on lap 47.

Perez pitted again but was 8s behind Verstappen when he did so. Alonso suffered a slow stop when his left-front tyre wouldn’t release, which briefly promoted Sainz to third.

Verstappen pitted for the final time on lap 50, rejoining 6s ahead. Sainz was 11s further back but had Alonso chasing him. Alonso passed Sainz at Tarzan with 20 laps remaining to regain his podium spot.

Sainz and the delayed, but fresher-tyred, Gasly then fought over fourth, with Gasly moving past with a great around-the-outside pass at Turn 1. Russell got back into the top six thanks to a hard-tyre gamble but Albon, who made a bold one-stop strategy from soft to mediums, passed him with 18 laps to go, also at Tarzan. Hamilton passed Russell for seventh after the latter clipped the grass and almost crashed.

Perez, Gasly, Sainz and Hamilton pitted for inters on lap 61 as the rain returned with a vengeance. Verstappen pitted a lap later, also taking inters, as Alonso and Albon followed suit.

That reset the race order as Verstappen, leading by 19s over Perez, Alonso, Gasly, Sainz, Hamilton, Norris, Russell and Albon. But Perez went straight on at and then spun at Tarzan, losing second to Alonso. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) went off and rejoined before Zhou then crashed there heavily.

Verstappen and Perez (who hit the wall at the pitlane entry) stopped for extreme wets as the virtual safety car and then a red flag was called, with Verstappen retaining the lead but Perez slumped to sixth, promoting Gasly, Sainz and Hamilton. But the order was reset from the sector before the red flag, which meant Perez was elevated back to third.

After a couple of laps behind the safety car, with all cars on inters, the race restarted with Verstappen leading Alonso, Perez, Gasly, Sainz, Hamilton and Norris with five laps to go. Russell passed Norris at Turn 3 to grab seventh, but his Mercedes toured into the pitlane at the end of lap 68 with a puncture after clashing with Norris further around the lap.

Alonso kept Verstappen honest to the finish, but the home hero held on to win by over 3s. Perez got a 5s time penalty for speeding in the pitlane, and Gasly took advantage to take the final spot on the podium.

Sainz held off Hamilton for fifth after a fierce fight, ahead of Norris, Albon and Piastri.

2023 F1 Dutch Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver  Car / Engine   Time   Delay   Kph 
14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'13.837   207.651
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'13.889 0.052 207.505
44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'13.904 0.067 207.463
11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 1'14.231 0.394 206.549
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1'14.299 0.462 206.360
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1'14.390 0.553 206.108
10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1'14.441 0.604 205.967
23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1'14.468 0.631 205.892
27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1'14.472 0.635 205.881
10  31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1'14.570 0.733 205.610
11  77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'14.698 0.861 205.258
12  40 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'14.820 0.983 204.923
13  55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1'14.934 1.097 204.612
14  63 George Russell Mercedes 1'15.124 1.287 204.094
15  18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1'15.171 1.334 203.966
16  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1'15.417 1.580 203.301
17  20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1'15.489 1.652 203.107
18  22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1'16.253 2.416 201.072
19  16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'17.277 3.440 198.408
20  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1'17.399 3.562 198.095

2023 F1 Dutch Grand Prix tyre strategy

 
 
     
Driver Info
 
 
 
   
Cla Driver # Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Netherlands M. Verstappen Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull
S : 2
I : 9
S : 38
S : 13
I : 14
W : 1
I : 12
 
2 Spain F. Alonso Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes
S : 2
I : 8
S : 38
S : 15
I : 6
I : 14
   
3 France P. Gasly Pierre Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault
S : 1
I : 16
S : 35
S : 14
I : 4
I : 12
   
4 Mexico S. Perez Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull
S : 1
I : 11
S : 33
S : 16
I : 9
I : 7
I : 15
 
5 Spain C. Sainz Carlos Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari
S : 2
I : 8
S : 31
S : 21
I : 19
I : 12
   
6 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 44 Mercedes Mercedes
M : 3
I : 6
S : 36
S : 15
I : 10
I : 14
   
7 United Kingdom L. Norris Lando Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes
S : 3
I : 7
S : 33
S : 21
I : 7
I : 12
I : 20
 
8 Thailand A. Albon Alex Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes
S : 44
M : 17
I : 7
I : 6
I : 14
     
9 Australia O. Piastri Oscar Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes
S : 15
S : 31
M : 14
I : 8
I : 5
I : 13
   
10 France E. Ocon Esteban Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault
S : 2
I : 8
S : 33
S : 18
W : 2
I : 1
I : 9
 
11 Canada L. Stroll Lance Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes
S : 4
I : 5
S : 7
M : 18
S : 26
I : 8
I : 6
I : 14
12 Germany N. Hulkenberg Nico Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari
S : 16
M : 32
S : 12
I : 6
I : 5
I : 13
   
13 New Zealand L. Lawson Liam Lawson AlphaTauri 40 AlphaTauri Red Bull
S : 1
I : 14
S : 7
M : 29
S : 13
I : 4
I : 8
I : 16
14 Denmark K. Magnussen Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 Haas Ferrari
S : 1
I : 8
S : 26
M : 25
I : 3
I : 4
I : 12
 
15 Finland V. Bottas Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo F1 Team KICK 77 Alfa Romeo Ferrari
S : 16
M : 31
S : 12
I : 4
I : 1
I : 9
   
16 Japan Y. Tsunoda Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 22 AlphaTauri Red Bull
S : 1
I : 14
S : 50
I : 8
I : 6
I : 14
   
17 United Kingdom G. Russell George Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes
S : 4
I : 6
S : 6
H : 44
I : 15
I : 6
I : 9
I : 11
  China Z. Guanyu Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo F1 Team KICK 24 Alfa Romeo Ferrari
S : 1
I : 9
M : 27
S : 23
I : 2
     
  Monaco C. Leclerc Charles Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari
S : 1
I : 10
S : 30
         
  United States L. Sargeant Logan Sargeant Williams 2 Williams Mercedes
S : 14
             
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