Verstappen secures pole at the end of practice and cheers the crowd at the Dutch GP

Verstappen secures pole at the end of practice and cheers the crowd at the Dutch GP
Verstappen secures pole at the end of practice and cheers the crowd at the Dutch GP

A party in orange. This is how this Saturday morning can be defined in Zandvoort, which had Max Verstappen as pole in the final moments of qualifying. He set a time of 1min10s342, beating Monegasque Charles Leclerc in 21 milliseconds, causing contagious euphoria in the stands of the circuit. It was the 17th pole of his career and the tenth of the season, confirming the good phase of the leader of the Drivers’ Championship. Pole also in last year’s edition running in his country, he hopes to repeat the victory he won at home in 2021.

Pole marks the recovery of Red Bull who had problems in free practice. “We work all night and move the car a lot. We managed to set a fast pace and it will be very important to start at the front”, said the Dutch driver.

Training became even more fierce at the start of Q3. In their first attempts, Leclerc, Verstappen and Sainz made very close times. Lewis Hamilton came in second, but was later surpassed by the two Ferraris.

The work in the pits became intense with the mechanics trying to adjust the cars in search of a better time.

During the dispute, training came to a halt. Fans launched flares that disrupted the pilots’ work.

The good surprise was the good performance of Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton finished the practice with 1min11s331 making the fourth fastest time and started in the second row with Carlos Sainz, from Ferrari, in third place.

At the end of the practice, the yellow flag was triggered due to an accident with Sérgio Pérez, he spun around the curve and even got crossed on the track. With car problems, Lance Stroll had car problems and ended up not participating in Q3.

Check the starting grid for the Dutch GP

1st – Max Verstappen (HOL/Red Bull), in 1min10s343

2nd – Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari), in 1min10s363

3rd – Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari), in 1min10s434

4th – Lewis Hamilton (ENG/Mercedes), in 1min10s648

5th – Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull), in 1min11s077

6th – George Russell (ENG/Mercedes), in 1min11s147

7th – Lando Norris (ING/McLaren), in 1min11s174

8th – Mick Schumacher (ALE/Haas), in 1min11s442

9th – Yuki Tsunoda – (JAP/AlphaTauri), in 1min12s556

10th- Lance Stroll – (CAN/Aston Martin), in 1min11s416

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11th- Pierre Gasly – (FRA/AlphaTauri), in 1min11512

12th- Esteban Ocon – (FRA/Alpine), in 1min11s605

13th- Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine), in 1min11s613

14th- Zhou Guanyou – (CHI/Alfa Romeo), in 1min11704

15th- Alex Albon – (TAI/Williams), in 1min11s802

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16th – Valteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo), in 1min11s961

17th – Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren), in 1min12s081

18th – Kevin Magnussen (DIN/Haas), in 1min12s041

19th – Sebastian Vettel (ALE/Aston Martin), in 1min12s391

20th – Nicholas Lafiti (CAN/Williams), in 1min13s353

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