Sep 08, 2021 Double Podium for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team at Dutch Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas captured second and third place at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix, helping the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team expand its lead over Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship to 12 points. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen regained the top spot of the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings after taking the checkered flag in front of a raucous home crowd at Zandvoort. Verstappen (224.5 points) now leads the Drivers’ Championship by three points from Hamilton (221.5 points), with Bottas (123 points) in P3.
The gap between Verstappen and Hamilton fluctuated throughout the race, with the team attempting the undercut twice, but it wasn’t enough to get the seven-time world champion ahead. Sunday’s result marked Hamilton’s 175th career podium and Botas’ 125th points finish in F1.
“Red Bull were faultless out there today so congrats to them and Max on the victory,” said Toto Wolff, team principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team. “Whatever we tried on the strategy, it was going to be difficult to compete with them. P2 and P3 is a solid result and good points for us, so now we look to Monza. I’m sure it’s going to be another close weekend and an exciting fight. It’s a very different track and the Sprint Qualifying format returns, so we could see a bit of a different story. Let’s see how it goes.”
The F1 season continues next weekend at the Italian Grand Prix. Live coverage on ESPN2 begins at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, September 12.