[How Verstappen defied home pressure and two downpours to win F1’s Dutch GP
Ever-looming rain clouds were the biggest indicator that summer was truly over. A distinct back-to-school vibe permeated the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, as hints of lethargy around the Formula 1 paddock were invariably shaken off once it came down to business.
On Max Verstappen’s home turf, the story of the weekend was about one driver. The two-time champion has been credited with the surge of interest that led to the Dutch GP’s reinstatement to the F1 calendar after a 35-year hiatus, the 17,000-strong population of Zandvoort bolstered by hundreds of thousands for one weekend a year. Those expecting a sun-drenched beach trip to extend their summer holidays, however, would receive precipitation upon their parade.