Bianchi Dominates Dutch Grand Prix, Championship Lead at 22 Points

Qualifying:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime
196Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:12.282
217Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:12.449
335Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:12.477
418Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:12.567
564Dave CassidyFerrari1:12.603
67Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:12.663
714Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes1:12.815
833Salvatore MiccoliFerrari1:12.886
947Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:12.963
1073Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari1:12.989
1111James James DaviesToyota1:13.499
126Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:13.629
133Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari1:13.808
141Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:13.911
1557Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:13.929
1699Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:14.113
1755Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari1:14.148
1822Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:14.512
1956Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd1:14.664
2019Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari1:14.823
2132Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1:15.053
2210Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1:15.148
2394Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd1:15.391
2498Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1:15.558

Report:

His own teammate struggling off the line was just the first of many things going Jules Bianchi's way.

As most Formula One World’s Champions will tell you, you sometimes need things to go your way to achieve the richest prize in all of motorsport. Clearly, Jules Bianchi is enjoying quite some fortune right now as he got help through major mistakes and enjoys a 22-point title lead in the 2020 title race.

Whilst he deserved his own 15 points by dominating the race as soon as he took the lead at the start, he clearly got help from teammate and title rival Diego Álvarez Torrente who took Caterham’s Sebastian Vettel and, later as a consequence of the contact, himself out of the race, causing both of them to lose more ground in the WDC.

The drivers who joined him on the podium never were a threat and could therefore bring us a thrilling fight for these two spots next to the French driver. Sergey Sirotkin held the advantage early, but had to fight back because an unfortunate strategy hurt him, regaining third but failing to pass Cassidy on the final lap.

We once more saw that these new cars are still highly fragile pieces of high-tech motorization, as only 13 cars were classified at the end of the event. With prominent and race-ending driver errors by people like Lando Norris,  and the two Sauber drivers, the Circuit Park Zandvoort also demonstrated his edge.

Race:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime/RetiredPoints
117Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes55:42.28215
264Dave CassidyFerrari+23.13612
335Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes+23.72210
47Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+24.6698
56Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+34.2456
53Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari+50.1205
632Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd+72.3334
710Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd+74.8433
911James James DaviesToyota1 Lap2
1022Kazuki NakajimaToyota1 Lap1
1156Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd1 Lap0
1298Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1 Lap0
1355Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-FerrariAccident0
DNF19Jordan DaviesTheodore-FerrariTransmission0
DNF14Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-MercedesTransmission0
DNF94Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-JuddMotor0
DNF33Salvatore MiccoliFerrariPuncture0
DNF1Pastor MaldonadoSauber-JuddAccident0
DNF99Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-FerrariTransmission0
DNF73Daniel MelroseRed Bull-FerrariLoose Wheel0
DNF96Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-MercedesLoose Wheel0
DNF57Dean StonemanSauber-JuddAccident0
DNF18Sebastian VettelCaterham-JuddCollision0
DNF47Lando NorrisCaterham-JuddAccident0

Fastest Lap:

James James Davies – 1:12.626

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Dawson-Judd – opportunistic drive to take a double points finish.

Reject Of The Race:

Diego Álvarez Torrente – hurt his own championship chances with an accident causing his own retirement down the road.