The excitement of the Formula 1 season reached its zenith as the Dutch Grand Prix concluded in Zandvoort yesterday. This thirteenth race of the 2023 season had fans on the edge of their seats, culminating in a triumphant homecoming for Max Verstappen, who claimed victory in his native Netherlands. The podium was graced by the presence of two-time champion Fernando Alonso and Alpine’s skilled driver, Pierre Gasly.
In a dramatic turn of events, Max Verstappen’s flawless performance not only solidified his stature as a dominant force but also widened the gap between him and his Red Bull teammate, Sergio Perez. Verstappen’s lead extended from 130 to an impressive 138 points, demonstrating his prowess on the track. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso’s exceptional second-place finish brought him closer to Perez, narrowing the gap by two points. This remarkable achievement also meant that Alonso gained considerable ground over Lewis Hamilton, who secured fourth place. The competition between these two champions was neck-and-neck, with just a single point separating them before the weekend. However, Alonso’s brilliant performance pushed him ahead, creating a noteworthy 12-point margin.
Carlos Sainz’s strategic maneuvers saw him ascend two places in the standings, overtaking his Ferrari counterpart, Charles Leclerc. Unfortunately for Leclerc and George Russell, their race came to an untimely end in Zandvoort, leading them to slip one place in the rankings. Meanwhile, Pierre Gasly’s remarkable third-place finish propelled him up the championship ladder by two spots, securing a solid tenth position. This advancement in the rankings resulted in Esteban Ocon and Oscar Piastri moving down a position each.
- Max Verstappen – 339 points (+25)
- Sergio Perez – 201 points (+12)
- Fernando Alonso – 168 points (+19)
- Lewis Hamilton – 156 points (+8)
- Carlos Sainz – 102 points (+10)
- Charles Leclerc – 99 points
- George Russell – 99 points
- Lando Norris – 75 points (+6)
- Lance Stroll – 47 points
- Pierre Gasly – 37 points (+15)
- Esteban Ocon – 36 points (+1)
- Oscar Piastri – 36 points (+2)
- Alex Albon – 15 points (+4)
- Nico Hulkenberg – 9 points
- Valtteri Bottas – 5 points
- Zhou Guanyu – 4 points
- Yuki Tsunoda – 3 points
- Kevin Magnussen – 2 points
- Logan Sargeant – 0 points
- Nyck de Vries – 0 points
- Daniel Ricciardo – 0 points
- Liam Lawson – 0 points
Constructors’ Standings: Aston Martin achieved a significant milestone by surpassing the 200-point mark for the first time in their Formula 1 journey, amassing a remarkable 215 points. The British team’s exceptional performance enabled them to narrow the gap between themselves and Mercedes, who held the second position, reducing the deficit from 51 to 40 points. Aston Martin also managed to create a more comfortable margin over Ferrari, with a gap extended from 5 to 14 points.
Alpine had reasons to celebrate as Pierre Gasly’s spectacular podium finish played a pivotal role in closing the gap between them and McLaren. The gap dwindled remarkably from 88 points to a much more manageable 38 points.
Williams, previously neck-and-neck with Haas in terms of points, managed to pull ahead, establishing a small but significant 4-point lead over the American team. This achievement showcased their determination and potential for growth in the championship.
- Red Bull – 540 points (+37)
- Mercedes – 255 points (+8)
- Aston Martin – 215 points (+19)
- Ferrari – 201 points (+10)
- McLaren – 111 points (+8)
- Alpine – 73 points (+16)
- Williams – 15 points (+4)
- Haas – 11 points
- Alfa Romeo – 9 points
- AlphaTauri – 3 points