Formula 1 headed to Zaandvort in the Netherlands for its fourteenth event of the season. In front of stands filled with orange, Verstappen took pole position in Saturday’s qualifying.
After the first laps, home hero Max Verstappen set the pace. With a time of 1:11.317. Only two tenths of a second behind him were the Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.
Sergio Pérez was a full second behind his teammate. After 11 minutes, he was only in fifteenth place.
As always, the first qualification is not about the fastest, but about the slowest. Specifically, about the five slowest who drop out of the qualification.
Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Nicholas Latifi quickly said goodbye to qualifying.
Júki Cunoda and Lance Stroll drove great laps. Stroll got his Aston Martin to seventh place, ten ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel. The Japanese racer set the third fastest time, only Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton were faster.
The second qualification was stopped after one minute and six seconds. One of the fans threw a smokestack onto the track, which of course had to be removed.
During the red flags, track workers removed not only the smokestack, but also the fan who threw the smokestack onto the track and the pigeons who were watching the formula from a very dangerous distance on the inside of turn seven.
After a few minutes, the competitors returned to the track and immediately set a very fast pace. Verstappen clocked a time of 1:10.927 on used tyres. Hamilton came the closest to him, he clocked a time 148 thousandths slower on the new shoes.
All drivers except the reigning champion rode their second fast laps. Verstappen figured his time was fast enough and he was right. Only Carlos Sainz and George Russell managed to set a faster time.
Mick Schumacher and, as in Q1, Lance Stroll set surprising times. The Canadian reached the third qualification for the first time since VC Miami.
Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, Chou Kuan-yu and Alex Albon dropped out of the second qualification.
Unfortunately, a great Saturday ended early for Stroll. Due to technical problems, he did not participate in the third qualification.
Red Bull made their first move in the fight for pole position. Unusually, he sent his single-seaters to the track first. Despite a small mistake in the third corner, Verstappen clocked half a second faster than Sergio Pérez.
Only Leclerc and Hamilton kept pace with the Dutchman in the first laps. The Monaco man drove his Ferrari around the track in Zaandvort 6 hundredths faster, the seven-time world champion was less than two tenths behind Leclerc.
Leclerc was the first to start his last fast lap. Despite the unsuccessful middle sector, he improved by a tenth of a second.
On the contrary, Verstappen drove a great middle sector. He completed the entire lap just two hundredths faster than the Monaco pilot. His time of 1:10.342 was enough for him to take pole position.
Carlos Sainz clocked a tenth slower time and moved up to third place. The rest of the field could not complete their laps due to Sergio Pérez crashing in the penultimate corner.
On the Twitter post below, you can see in which order the pilots will start tomorrow’s race.
Source: Formula 1, Twitter