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Dutch Grand Prix 2022

Marko raves about 'alien' Verstappen following Dutch GP win

The Red Bull driver boss was gushing about his star driver following a fourth Grand Prix win in a row

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Helmut Marko heaped praise on Max Verstappen describing him as "on his own planet" following his victory in the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix.

Although Verstappen started on pole and won the race, it was far from a comfortable day for the World Champion who passed Lewis Hamilton on a late Safety Car restart to re-take the lead.

Verstappen was able to benefit from a Virtual and then full Safety Cars to bail him out of a strategy hole vs Hamilton - who was on a one-stop compared to a planned two, but eventually three-stopper for the Red Bull.

Verstappen crossed the line to win his fourth successive Grand Prix, 10th from 15 races and earn a 109 point lead over Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc, both on 201 points following fifth and third place finishes, respectively.

Verstappen still a young man - Marko

Speaking to media including RacingNews365.com, Marko was gushing about Verstappen, stating that pressure doesn't affect him.

"We have seen a fantastic Max - the pressure didn't affect him, and he stayed focused on the race," explained Marko.

"The race was more difficult than expected, because Mercedes were faster than us on the Hard tyres, so we changed out strategy at the end of the race.

"We would have done that if the Safety Car hadn't come on track.

"It's unbelievable, [what] this guy - or boy - [is doing].

"He's almost 25, so he's a young man.

"He's in the car on his own planet - the pressure here doesn't affect him at all."

Verstappen cannot win the world title next weekend in Italy, but is on course to do it in Japan or the United States.

With seven races remaining, he is still able to take the all-time record for most wins in a season - currently 13 held by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013) - with the Dutch driver needing four wins from the final races.

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F1 2022 Dutch Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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