It was nowhere near as easy as it could have been, but Max Verstappen still stroked to his second consecutive home victory at Zandvoort – eventually. For the first time this season Mercedes asked serious questions of Red Bull as Lewis Hamilton briefly looked in contention to spoil the orange army’s party at the Dutch Grand Prix.
Then a pair of safety car interventions – the first being virtual, the second all too real and decisive – muddied the waters. But the outcome was the same as it probably would have been had the race run ‘clean’ to the end: Verstappen scored his 10th win out of 15 races to open up an ever-more commanding 109-point lead over nearest rival Charles Leclerc. The second title isn’t in the bag yet, but it appears to be only a matter of time.