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Max Verstappen

Verstappen reacts to "special" home win at Zandvoort

The Red Bull driver took his 10th win of the season to move over 100 points clear in the Drivers championship.

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Max Verstappen took his tenth win of the season at Zandvoort to move over 100 points clear in the Formula 1 Drivers championship.

The Dutchman reacted to the "special" win in front of his home crowd, after taking the win in the closing stages following late drama with the Safety Car.

"It's always special to to win your home Grand Prix. This year. I have to say I have to work for even more. An incredible weekend and I'm really happy we got the Dutch Grand Prix," said Verstappen to media.

Red Bull initially reacted to Mercedes and put Verstappen on the Hard tyre to the end, but a late call to switch him to Soft tyres enabled him to take Hamilton at the Safety Car restart.

He added: "Before the Safety Car thought it was okay to the end with the Hard tyres even though we were a bit slower."

"Then of course the Safety Car came out and I said 'I don't think we're gonna keep it up if we don't pit.' We went for the Soft tyres but then of course I dropped back to third, then George pitted as well.

"I had a good run in the restart, we have a bit more top speed so that helps to attack into turn one. From there onwards we we had a really good balance in the car again."

Verstappen: restart "timed well" to overtake Hamilton for win

When Hamilton led the cars away for the Safety Car restart, Verstappen was able to use to tow from the Mercedes to slip stream him down the start/finish straight and take the lead.

He recalls this being a key moment that enabled him to take track position, and not lose out to George Russell who was also behind him on Soft tyres.

Verstappen explained: "We timed it really well out of the last corner into the banking and then you could see the draft was quite strong, and we got ahead so incredible to win again."

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