Good afternoon and welcome to the Formula 1 live blog on NU.nl. My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of the developments at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix this afternoon. Lots of fun!

  • 70th Anniversary Grand Prix
  • Verstappen second
  • Hamilton leads
  • Tactical chess game

Formula 1 a few seconds ago

Verstappen breaks through Mercedes hegemony with the first win of the season

Formula 1 a few seconds ago

1 more lap - Leader Verstappen starts with a nine-second lead over Hamilton on the last lap.

Formula 1 2 minutes ago

2 more laps - Verstappen's tires still look excellent. If nothing crazy happens anymore, the Limburger will win this Grand Prix.

Formula 13 minutes ago

3 more laps - Hamilton outwits teammate Bottas extremely easily and climbs to second place. Verstappen is eight seconds ahead of the Briton.

Formula 1 路 5 minutes ago

4 more laps - The fight between the Mercedes drivers for second place is of course good news for Max Verstappen. The leading Red Bull driver has a seven-second lead over the duo.

5 minutes ago

Formula 1 6 minutes ago

5 more laps - "You are free to race with Lewis, but give each other space", Mercedes tells Bottas. Hamilton has closed the gap to his teammate.

Formula 1 7 minutes ago

Will Hamilton still pose a threat to Verstappen? The Brit will in any case also have to get past teammate Bottas.

LAP 45/52 Hamilton is flying now 馃殌He's past Leclerc and up to P3! # F170 馃嚞馃嚙 # F1

AvatarAvatar Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 16: 24 - 9 August 2020

Formula 1 路 8 minutes ago

7 more laps - Hamilton outsmarts Leclerc and climbs to third place. The Briton is nine seconds behind Verstappen and four seconds behind Bottas. On his fresh tires Hamilton is a second per lap faster than Verstappen, but he will have to pass Bottas first.

Formula 110 minutes ago

8 more laps - H眉lkenberg makes an extra pit stop and falls back to seventh place. The score:

  • Verstappen
  • Bottas
  • Leclerc
  • Hamilton
  • Stroll
  • Albon
  • H眉lkenberg
  • Ocon
  • Norris
  • Kvyat
  • Formula 1 12 minutes ago

    8 more laps - Hamilton is by far the fastest man on the track on his new tires. The Briton is behind Leclerc in fourth place and is ten seconds behind leader Verstappen.

    12 minutes ago

    Formula 113 minutes ago

    9 more laps - All twenty drivers are still in operation. The score:

  • Verstappen
  • Bottas
  • Leclerc
  • Hamilton
  • H眉lkenberg
  • Stroll
  • Albon
  • Ocon
  • Norris
  • Kvyat
  • Formula 1 14 minutes ago

    10 more laps - Verstappen has a four-second lead over Bottas (second) and sets the same lap times as the Finn. The Dutchman therefore seems to be on his way to his first Grand Prix victory of this season.

    Formula 115 minutes ago

    10 more laps - And there is Lewis Hamilton's pit stop! Max Verstappen takes the lead and Hamilton even falls behind Charles Leclerc in the fourth pits.

    Formula 1 17 minutes ago

    11 more laps - "Start accelerating and try to close the gap to Hamilton", Red Bull tells Verstappen. "In the extreme case that he can continue driving, we have now covered that."

    Formula 1 路 18 minutes ago

    13 more laps - The difference between Verstappen (second) and Hamilton (first) is 9.3 seconds. The Dutchman was four tenths faster than the Briton in the last round.

    18 minutes ago

    Formula 1 19 minutes ago

    14 more laps - Behind Verstappen, there also seems to be a fight for third place in the making. Bottas is now still third, but Leclerc (fourth) is faster and is only one and a half seconds behind the Finn.

    Formula 1 20 minutes ago

    15 more laps - Verstappen is again three tenths faster than Hamilton in the last lap. The difference between the two riders is 10.7 seconds. Will the Brit's ties hold up? Tire supplier Pirelli has indicated that a one-stop strategy such as Hamilton is currently driving could not be feasible.

    Formula 1 23 minutes ago

    16 more laps - Hamilton almost lost the victory a week ago at Silverstone because he got a flat tire in the last lap. "This band is not going to explode, is it?" Wonders the reigning champion. "We should be safe. It's just the blisters that we have to consider."

    Formula 1 25 minutes ago

    17 more laps - Although Hamilton's tires appear to be completely lost, there is little wrong with his lap times. In the last lap, the leader is only three tenths slower than Verstappen. The difference between the two drivers is eleven seconds.

    Formula 1 路 27 minutes ago

    LAP 32/52 Both Bottas and Verstappen pit on the same lap ... Max gets in and out first # F170 馃嚞馃嚙 # F1

    AvatarAvatar Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 16: 04 - 9 August 2020

    27 minutes ago

    Formula 1 路 27 minutes ago

    19 more laps - Lewis Hamiton's rear tires are having a hard time. The blisters on the rubber are clearly visible. It is almost impossible for the Mercedes driver to finish the race without an extra pit stop.

    Formula 1 29 minutes ago

    20 more laps - Verstappen and Bottas both come in and both switch to the hard tire. Hamilton thus gets the lead. Verstappen keeps Bottas behind him in the pits. But Hamilton will also have to stop again, right? He has a lead of eleven seconds on the Dutchman. 

  • Hamilton
  • Verstappen
  • Bottas
  • Leclerc
  • H眉lkenberg
  • Stroll
  • Kvyat
  • Ocon
  • Sainz
  • Vettel
  • Formula 1 31 minutes ago

    21 more rounds - Ricciardo spins in the round and shoots off the track. The Renault driver drops to twelfth place, but can continue his way.

    Formula 1 路 32 minutes ago

    23 more laps - "Forget your tire management, accelerate as much as you can", Red Bull tells Verstappen. So it seems that Verstappen has to stop again.

    Formula 1 路 34 minutes ago

    24 more rounds - The score: 

  • Verstappen
  • Bottas
  • Hamilton
  • H眉lkenberg
  • Stroll
  • Leclerc
  • Albon
  • Norris
  • Ocon
  • Kvyat
  • 34 minutes ago

    Formula 1 36 minutes ago

    25 more laps - "He must have a lower tire pressure, because this is not correct", says Hamilton about the leading Verstappen. The Dutchman is a small second per lap faster than the Mercedes drivers.

    Formula 1 38 minutes ago

    26 more laps - Verstappen outsmarts Bottas and takes the lead! And besides: Bottas and Hamilton have to make a pit stop in the short term. This looks very good for the Red Bull driver.

    Formula 1 39 minutes ago

    26 more laps - And there is Max Verstappen's pit stop. The Dutchman switches to the medium band and should now have a tire advantage over Hamilton and Bottas. Verstappen is back on track in front of Hamilton and just behind Bottas.

    Formula 1 40 minutes ago

    Hamilton's right front tire (third) looks very bad. He still has a fresh set of tires left, but then the Brit will of course have to make a stop.

    Lewis' right front is not looking good # F1 # F170

    AvatarAvatar Author Mattzel89 Moment of publication 15: 50 - August 9, 2020

    Formula 1 42 minutes ago

    29 more laps - "I have a blister on my right front tire", Hamilton tells his team. After ten laps, the Briton already has major problems with the tire that should wear out the least this weekend.

    Formula 1 44 minutes ago

    29 more laps - Verstappen is now a good second per lap faster than both Hamilton and Bottas. The Dutchman has a chance to win this Grand Prix.

    Formula 1 44 minutes ago

    29 more laps - "You don't have to worry. My tires still feel excellent", Verstappen told Red Bull.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    31 more laps - "If Verstappen is on a one-stop strategy, he is a big threat to us", Mercedes engineer Peter Bonington told Lewis Hamilton, who is third.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    32 more laps - Is Bottas having problems with his tires again? Verstappen (first) is four tenths faster than the Finn in the last round. The difference between the two drivers is fifteen seconds.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    33 more laps - If Verstappen were to make a pit stop now, he will fall back to third place. A (virtual) safety car would be welcome for the eight-time Grand Prix winner.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    35 more laps  - Stroll dives into the pits from second place, giving Bottas a free track. The stand with the differences compared to leader Verstappen: 

  • Verstappen 
  • Bottas +12.9
  • Hamilton +15.9
  • Sainz +26.9
  • H眉lkenberg +28.4
  • Stroll +30.5
  • Formula 1 an hour ago

    36 more laps - "Are my tires still okay?", Verstappen wonders. "Your tires are still fine. Keep it up," is the answer from Red Bull.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    37 more laps - In the last lap, Verstappen is one second slower than Valtteri Bottas (third), who has already stopped and is running on fresh tires. Hamilton (fourth) is half a second faster than the Dutchman.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    38 more laps - The lap times of the leading Verstappen, who of course still has to stop, are still excellent for the time being. The question is how long he can continue without showing a decline in his lap times.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    39 more laps - Hamilton comes in! Verstappen thus takes the lead. Hamilton also switches to the hard tire and comes back on track in sixth place.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    39 more laps - Leader Bottas comes in and switches to the hard tire. Hamilton therefore gets the lead, followed by Verstappen who is right behind it.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    40 more laps - The difference between Verstappen and Hamilton is only three tenths. The Dutchman is looking for a hole to pass the Mercedes.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    41 more laps - Verstappen does not take any distance from Hamilton and is chasing the Brit's second place. "My rear tires are out," says Hamilton on the on-board radio.

    Formula 1 an hour ago

    42 more laps - Verstappen is told to keep his distance from Hamilton, because his tires wear out faster than expected. "But this is really my only chance to attack the Mercedes", the Dutchman responds.

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