Max Verstappen and Christian Horner had some fun at the expense of Verstappen’s father, Jos, at the Dutch Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old started the race on pole after producing a stunning lap on Saturday, and he led the opening stint, before putting on a set of Mediums.
Charles Leclerc did the same behind him, and the two Mercedes cars of Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell went long having started on Mediums.
With the British drivers on a one-stop, Verstappen needed to push before making his second stop, but he was afforded a cheap one when the Virtual Safety Car was deployed, so he kept the lead.
The Dutchman fell back behind Hamilton when he pitted under a late Safety Car while the seven-time champion remained on the track on used rubber, but he quickly retook the lead from the Mercedes on the restart.
Ahead of his home race, Verstappen was honoured in the Netherlands, and he revealed a one-off helmet design to honour Jos, who twice stood on the podium in his Formula 1 career.
The helmet resembled the white and blue that Jos wore when he raced in the pinnacle of motorsport, and Horner quipped that he enjoyed seeing the design finally make it to the top step.
“First time that helmet win a race as well, first time it’s done that, well done,” he told Verstappen over the radio.
“My dad finally won a race,” joked the reigning world champion.
“Bless him,” said Verstappen’s engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase.
“And I think your rating went up, GP, by plus two,” said the Dutchman.
The 48-year-old boss also noted that there was a distinct aroma emanating from the orange flares that had been let off after Verstappen crossed the line.
“Wow, just look at that crowd, I’ve never seen anything like that,” marvelled Horner.
“That’s quite a bit of orange, isn’t it?” said the race winner.
“And it absolutely stinks here,” added Horner.
“It’s for a good reason, so I’ll take it in!” quipped Verstappen.
Verstappen’s win was his 10th of the season, and Leclerc’s third-placed finish behind George Russell puts the Red Bull driver 109 points clear of the Monegasque in the Drivers’ Standings.