As we approach the summer break, there are numerous pressing inquiries occupying everyone’s thoughts. Can Red Bull maintain their winning streak and achieve the unprecedented feat of winning every race in a season? How enduring will their supremacy be? Will rival teams manage to narrow the gap following the break? And of utmost significance, will Max Verstappen set another record this season? The responses to these questions remain uncertain.
Max Verstappen has been nearly unbeatable this season. If he’s in the lead of a race, it’s highly likely that he will come out on top. With eight consecutive wins in the first half of the season, Verstappen looked to continue his streak at the Dutch GP, and he did just that. He now has a streak of nine consecutive wins. However, despite this iconic achievement, it wasn’t the highlight of his day.
Verstappen is renowned for his youthful spirit, and his standout moment of the day was completely different. During a press conference after the race, he enthusiastically displayed a bag of Dutch sweets and expressed that it was the most memorable part of his day. It wasn’t the achievement of matching Sebastian Vettel’s record or making history that brought him happiness. Rather, it was finding joy in the simple pleasures of life.
Verstappen faced difficulties during the Dutch GP, despite ultimately emerging as the winner. The race proved to be challenging for all teams due to the unpredictable weather conditions, requiring on-the-spot adjustments to strategies. Nonetheless, Verstappen maintained his concentration and successfully clinched his third consecutive victory in front of his home crowd. However, even though he matched Vettel’s record, this achievement did not stand out as the most remarkable moment for Verstappen.
Another interesting moment from the Dutch GP came from Fernando Alonso. After a strong qualifying performance, Alonso finished in second place, just behind Verstappen. However, it could have been a different story. In the wet conditions towards the end of the race, Alonso was finding excellent pace on his tires and attempted to overtake Verstappen after a restart. But he ultimately decided against it, fearing the backlash from Verstappen’s passionate Dutch fans.
What stood out to you the most during the race? Was it Verstappen’s impressive victory that tied a record, or Alonso’s apprehension towards the Orange Army?