The reigning F1 world champion keeps moving the goalposts, winning four races in a row for the first time as Oracle Red Bull Racing edge closer to a record after a Zandvoort stunner.
Max Verstappen has taken Formula One in his native Holland to new frontiers, but this year, the Netherlands played home sweet home to somewhere the Oracle Red Bull Racing star hadn’t yet been.No, not the top step of the Zandvoort podium – Verstappen saw the view from there this time last year – but a repeat Dutch Grand Prix win in front of a frenzied house of 105,000 orange T-shirt-wearing fans was worth more than just another 26 points and a step closer to a second world title. It was a piece of personal history at what’s becoming a special place.
Verstappen cleared leader Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) at the restart and cantered to a four-second victory, and his 10th win in 15 races this season saw his series lead balloon to 109 points with seven races remaining.
A fifth place for team-mate Sergio Pérez from fifth on the grid gave Oracle Red Bull Racing an even firmer stranglehold on the constructors’ championship, too. A combined 36 points saw the team surge to a 135-point lead over nearest rival Ferrari.