Team by team analysis of the Dutch Grand Prix

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, the Netherlands – September 4, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Yves Herman

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Sep 4 (Reuters) – Team-by-team analysis of Sunday’s Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, Round 15 of the 22-race season (listed in championship order):

RED BULL (Max Verstappen 1, Sergio Perez 5)

Verstappen won his home race from pole position for the second consecutive year and with the fastest lap. It was the champion’s 10th win of the season, matching last year’s run with seven races to go, and a fourth in a row. He now has a career of 30 wins. Verstappen started on the soft tyres, switching to medium tires before switching back to the softs when he pitted in the lead during the final safety car period. He regained the lead on the restart, with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton on the medium. Perez battled tire degradation through the first two stints and rode a Ferrari wheel gun in the pits with no damage.

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FERRARI (Charles Leclerc 3, Carlos Sainz 8)

Leclerc started on the front row after missing pole by 0.021 on Saturday. He made his second pit stop just before the virtual safety car on lap 47, which gave both Mercedes drivers a lead in the pits. He passed Hamilton for third place after the final safety car period. Sainz started third but a pit stop error, with the left rear tire not ready, dropped him to sixth. He moved up to fifth but a post-race time penalty for a dangerous exit dropped him to eighth place.

MERCEDES (George Russell 2, Lewis Hamilton 4)

Hamilton started fourth on the medium tires and held onto his position at the start, when he and Sainz bumped into each other without damage. He moved up to second when the Ferraris pitted and took the lead when Verstappen came in on lap 19. The seven-time champion stopped in round 29 for the hardliners and was aiming for a one-stop strategy. That changed with the Virtual Safety Car and it moved on to new mediums. He then stayed out for the safety car period while others, including Russell, pitted. Russell made three saves, starting sixth on medium, moving to hard and then soft to pass Hamilton after the safety car.

ALPIN (Fernando Alonso 6, Esteban Ocon 9)

Another one-two finish, the team’s fifth in a row, took Alpine to a 24-point lead over McLaren. Ocon started 12th and gained three positions on lap one, tackling the hards on lap 19 and then the softs during the safety car. Alonso started 13th, passed the two AlphaTauris and stopped on laps 12 and 47. The Spaniard moved up to sixth thanks to Sainz’s penalty.

MCLAREN (Lando Norris 7, Daniel Ricciardo 17)

Norris started seventh and passed Russell on the first corner. He made three saves, losing to Alonso when he stopped during the safety car period. Ricciardo started 17th and could not progress.

ALFA ROMEO (Guanyu Zhou 16, Valtteri Bottas retired)

Bottas triggered the safety car when he lost power and came to a stop before the final corner on lap 55. Zhou was given a five-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

HAAS (Mick Schumacher 13, Kevin Magnussen 15)

Schumacher started eighth, Magnussen 18th. Schumacher was held up at his first stop on lap 13 with a front ram problem. Magnussen had a close encounter with the wall on lap two, skimming the gravel and returning to the track in last place.

ALPHATAURI (Pierre Gasly 11 years old, Yuki Tsunoda retired)

Tsunoda triggered the virtual safety car when he pulled over with a mechanical problem after suspecting a wheel had been fitted incorrectly. He was reprimanded for returning to the pits with loose seat belts. Gasly struggled in traffic.

ASTON MARTIN (Lance Stroll 10, Sebastian Vettel 14)

Stroll ensured the team scored for the fourth race in a row, closing the gap to AlphaTauri to four points. Vettel had a slow first pitstop and was handed a five-second penalty for ignoring blue warning flags when he came out of the pits ahead of Hamilton.

WILLIAMS (Alex Albon 12, Nicholas Latifi 18)

Albon started 15th, with the team not expecting much from a circuit unlikely to suit his car. Latifi made a lonely run in the back.

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Ken Ferris

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