Dutch Grand Prix driver ratings
After 36 years away, Formula 1's return to Zandvooort brought plenty of challenges as red flags interrupted practice and qualifying, while minimal run-off punished mistakes. Its fast sweeps, combined with the passionate Dutch fans, have made the circuit an instant hit but some took to its quirks better than others
Max Verstappen – 10
Still gains a maximum score for excelling, despite running wide at Turn 3 on his final Q3 lap, which bumped him over the exit kerb and the jolt caused a double upshift to cost 0.15s. With a DRS failure beyond his control, Verstappen left himself vulnerable. That said, his execution of the race was quite masterful, and he never came under a genuine threat.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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