They came; he conquered. The Dutch fans packed into the grandstands this weekend to watch their hero Max Verstappen race as Formula 1 returned to Zandvoort for the first time since 1985.
And he didn’t let them down as he took a superb victory from pole position at the seaside track, fending off the challenge of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes to win – and retake the lead in the world championship in the process.
Watch the video up top to see the moment he clinched the win – and the reaction from the thousands of orange-clad fans in the stands, and see below for his podium celebrations…
RACE REPORT: Verstappen sends home fans wild with victory over Hamilton in the Dutch Grand Prix
2021 Dutch Grand Prix: Verstappen’s podium celebrations with home fans