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Verstappen relief at "incredible win" due to high Dutch expectations

Verstappen relief at "incredible win" due to high Dutch expectations

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Verstappen relief at "incredible win" due to high Dutch expectations

Verstappen relief at "incredible win" due to high Dutch expectations

Max Verstappen was relieved to live up to the high expectations of his home crowd as he sauntered to victory at the Dutch Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was virtually untouchable at Zandvoort and eventually took a 21-second victory over championship rival Lewis Hamilton after 72 trouble-free laps.

Victory at his home circuit means Verstappen retakes the championship lead after taking two wins in two races after the summer break, sparking euphoric scenes from the 70,000-strong fanbase watching on.

The only opportunity Mercedes had to halt his charge was through strategy, yet Red Bull soundly dealt with every permutation put in front of them to ensure a smooth triumph.

Speaking directly after the race, Verstappen said the win felt: "Just incredible.

"Expectations were pretty high and it is never easy to fulfil that. I am so happy to win here, to take the lead of the championship, it is just an amazing day with the whole crowd here, it is incredible.

"It is definitely a very good day. The start was very important, we did that well.

"Then, of course, Mercedes tried to make it very difficult for us but the guys did our job really well and we can be really pleased with the whole team performance."

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