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Dutch Grand Prix LIVE: Follow latest F1 updates

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Max Verstappen starts on pole position at his home race at the Dutch Grand Prix but will come under pressure from Lewis Hamilton in the latest showdown between the F1 title rivals.

Hamilton, who starts in second after Verstappen claimed pole position by just 0.038 seconds, collided with the Red Bull driver on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix seven weeks ago, on the last occasion in which the pair shared the front row of the starting grid.

Defending champion Hamilton leads Verstappen by just three points heading into the race in Zandvoort, following the non-event of the Belgian Grand Prix which was rained off last weekend. The Mercedes driver will be supported by team-mate Valterri Bottas, who starts in third, an advantage that Verstappen will not be able to call upon after Sergio Perez was eliminated from qualifying in Q1 and starts 16th. Pierre Gasly secured another impressive qualification result and lines up fourth, ahead of the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. George Russell, who is set to replace Bottas at Mercedes next season, starts in 10th following his second-place finish at rain-hit Spa last week while Lando Norris will have his work cut out after qualifying in 13th.

Follow all the action and live updates from the Dutch Grand Prix below:


Hamilton switching to two-stop strategy

Lewis Hamilton has been given the hurry-up by his engineer as Mercedes switch the world champions from a one-stop to a two.

Hamilton had been on the radio complaining that his soft tyres wouldn’t last long enough to make just one switch work, and the team seems to agree.

There’s no sign of the stop happening just yet but he’s picking up the pace to try and build a gap behind to slot into.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:18


Perez makes early pit stop

You know what I said earlier about Perez going long on the hard tyres? Well, his race looks ruined already as he has had to make an unplanned early stop to switch wheels.

The Mexican managed to flat-spot his hards and was told by his engineer that the vibrations were too strong.

Verstappen might well catch and lap Perez in the not-too-distant future…

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:16


Gap opens between leaders

Max Verstappen is controlling this race with plenty of composure already, having built up a lead of over three seconds to Lewis Hamilton just the opening nine laps.

Bottas is a further four seconds back on his team-mate, with Gasly another nine down the road.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:15


Ocon complains to Alpine about Alonso

Esteban Ocon has been on the radio to complain about his team-mate’s pace impeding him.

“Fernando is extremely slow in front”, declares the Frenchman. Both cars have lost ground to the Ferraris in fifth and sixth, but whether Ocon is actually any faster isn’t quite clear.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:13


Alonso’s superb overtake

I’ve just seen a replay of Fernando Alonso’s overtake on Antonio Giovinazzi into turn three and it’s an absolute belter.

The Spaniard jinked passed his team-mate Esteban Ocon on entry to the corner, narrowly avoiding George Russell in the process, before sliding all the way around the outside of the Italian at the top of the banking and making the move stick.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:10


Ricciardo’s McLaren in trouble

George Russell has been onto the radio to his Williams engineers to report that Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren is spilling oil all over the track, and TV images seem to show the Australian’s car is smoking slightly too.

They’ll need to find a fix for that somehow or it won’t last much longer.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:08


Early overtakes further down the grid

Further back from the front, Daniel Ricciardo is also up one place after passing Giovinazzi, while Nikita Mazepin has passed team-mate Mick Schumacher into 17th and Sergio Perez has overtaken pitlane buddy Nicholas Latifi for 19th spot.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:07


Alpines make flying start

The Alpine pair of Fernando Alonso and Estaban Ocon have made strong starts, with both cars overtaking Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romero early on and moving up to 7th and 8th behind both Ferraris.

Verstappen already has a 1.7s lead after a storming opening lap.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:05


Lights out!

The first Dutch Grand Prix in 36 years is underway and Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have made a clean start, with the Dutchman holding onto first place into turn one.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:04


Russell and Perez make interesting tyre strategy choices

Mechanics are making their way back to the garages and away from the grid as the drivers make their way around the Zandvoort circuit on the formation lap, with crowd going wild once again as Max Verstappen leads the pack.

The vast majority of drivers are starting on the soft tyre, with this expected to be a one-stop race. George Russel in P11 is the highest-placed driver to start on the mediums, though, and Sergio Perez will be enduring a long first stint and he opts to go with the hards from the pitlane.

We’ll be underway in just over a minute.

Dan Austin5 September 2021 14:03

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