The fastest were Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who were only three thousandths of a second behind the dark number one. The morning races were dominated by Mercedes pilots George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, who in the afternoon managed to take the overall lead with only a 72 thousandths deficit to Leclerc.
Home favorite Verstappen, who won from pole position only last year in Zandvoort, set the fastest time on hard tires in the morning heat. After seven laps, however, he had to stop the car and did not continue. What’s going on with the gearbox, Verstappen reported to the delegation, but he was then classified as nineteen out of twenty riders.
And 100,000 fans haven’t been able to reach 100,000 fans since the peak of the season, not even in the second season. In eighth place, he was 697 points behind Leclerc, who was nine flight leads behind. Lack of diligence, not optimal traction. Compared to Spa, we really burned out, we have to overcome those problems, said Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko on Sky TV, mentioning the previous race in Belgium, where Verstappen won the race in a row a week ago.
The Dutch pilot leads the eight lead before the end of the season after the World Championship by 93 points and on Sunday he will take the tenth race in the season.
Thorns for the Dutch Grand Prix
the start of the Formula 1 World Championship in Zandvoort
The first thorn: 1. Russell 1:12.455, 2. Hamilton (both Brit./Mercedes) -0.240, 3. Sainz (p./Ferrari) -0.390, 4. Norris (Brit./McLaren) -0.474, 5. Ricciardo (Aust. /McLaren) -0.622, 6. Leclerc (Mon./Ferrari) -0.672.
A kind of thorn: 1. Leclerc 1:12.345, 2. Sainz -0.004, 3. Hamilton -0.072, 4. Norris -0.103, 5. Russell -0.310, 6. Stroll (Can./Aston Martin) -0.401.