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2021 Holland Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: The next two tracks should favor Mercedes. Then, the majority of tracks appear to favor Red Bull. On paper, the odds still lean towards Max Verstappen. But as we've seen this year, nothing is certain.

EVENT: Move over Tifosi, the Orange Brigade now lays claim as the greatest fans in F1.

TRACK: Epic redesign. Sure, after a few years we may tire of the lack of passing, but watching F1 cars negotiate the old school with new banking track sure was fun.

QUALIFYING: Max gave the fans what they came for despite a mistake and an unknown DRS problem, Giovinazzi is the surprise Q3 star of the weekend, Russell pushes too hard, Norris lost his speed, and Perez shockingly fails in Q1.

RACE: A tense nail biting -- especially for the home fans -- strategic affair which left everyone guessing until there were 10 laps left.

START: Verstappen can't be anymore perfect as he gets out of DRS range in just one lap, controlled chaos behind with locking tires and nudges everywhere, Alonso does his outside magic, Giovinazzi drops, and Russell stays put.

VERSTAPPEN: The pressure on Max was never as high as it was this past weekend. And he handled it with complete aplomb, coolly delivered what a whole nation virtually demanded.

PEREZ: Ever since he signed an extension for 2022, he has not done what Red Bull signed him to do -- run interference for Verstappen.

HAMILTON: He pushed. And pushed. But he conceded the other car was just too fast.

BOTTAS: Wasn't fast enough to throw off Red Bull with a single stop strategy. Didn't hold up Verstappen long enough. Then, temporarily "stole" the fastest lap point from his teammate. The perils of knowing you are going to get dropped.

MERCEDES: They have to think about the future. And Russell is their future.

GASLY: Under the radar the whole weekend while having a splendid weekend.

MCLAREN: The pace just wasn't there.

FERRARI: While it was for the Prancing Horse, who overtook McLaren for third.

ALONSO: Strong the whole weekend.

VETTEL: Miserable the whole weekend.

GIOVINAZZI: A puncture spoiled a solid points result.

KUBICA: (Temporarily) welcome back, Robert. Again.

HAAS: So, the two drivers are getting into a pissing match over the right for 19th and 20th? Seriously? Dudes, your team sucks. Worry about that first.

TSUNODA: Yuki really needs to keep it on the track for three days. Really needs to do that.

RAIKKONEN: Kimi came into F1 very young (21) with very little experience (23 car races in total). He will leave F1 double that age and as the most experienced F1 driver in history. Though, that count is temporarily halted due to his Covid-19 positive test.

F3: Points leader Dennis Hauger again had a poor Saturday, but so did his closest competitors. The Norwegian made up for it with a pole and a runaway victory in the full points feature race to extend his lead to 43 points with just one weekend left. And that weekend has been moved from COTA to Sochi.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Bonkers.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 36 -- The number of years since the last Dutch GP.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time the Dutch GP was run was also the last time Niki Lauda won an F1 race -- 1985. He started 10th, moved up to dice with his teammate, Alain Prost, over the final 12 laps. Niki won by 0.232 seconds in a McLaren-TAG. Ayrton Senna took third in a Lotus-Renault. Polesitter Nelson Piquet in a Brabham-BMW, the first pole for Pirelli, stalled at the start, losing a lap. It was the last F1 race for Stefan Bellof who was killed a week later in the 1000 KM of Spa World Sportscar race.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From the F1 official Twitter account: The party has started in The Netherlands 🟠 🕺 💃

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Christain Horner putting the crowd's amazing support of his driver in simple terms, "I've never seen a reaction like this throughout my career."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton stating what a lot of drivers felt of the "new" Zandvoort, "This is now one of my favorite tracks."

SCHEDULE: Okay Tifosi. Are you ready to take on the "hold my beer" challenge?

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 72
2. Hamilton 72
3. Bottas 72
4. Gasly 71
5. Leclerc 71
6. Alonso 71
7. Sainz 71
8. Perez 71
9. Ocon 71
10. Norris 71
11. Ricciardo 71
12. Stroll 70
13. Vettel 70
14. Giovinazzi 70
15. Kubica 70
16. Latifi 70
17. Russell 69
18. Schumacher(R) 69
NC Tsunoda(R) 48
NC Mazepin(R) 41

Time of Race
1:30:05.395

Margin of Victory
20.932 secs.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas

Fastest Race Lap
Lewis Hamilton

Pole Position
Max Verstappen

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 224.5
2. Hamilton 221.5
3. Bottas 123
4. Norris 114
5. Perez 108
6. Leclerc 92
7. Sainz 89.5
8. Gasly 66
9. Ricciardo 56
10. Alonso 46
11. Ocon 44
12. Vettel 35
13. Stroll 18
  Tsunoda(R) 18
15. Russell 13
16. Latifi 7
17. Raikkonen 2
18. Giovinazzi 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 344.5
2. Red Bull 332.5
3. Ferrari 181.5
4. McLaren 170
5. Alpine 90
6. AlphaTauri 84
7. Aston Martin 53
8. Williams 20
9. Alfa Romeo 3
 
 

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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