Reigning F1 Drivers’ World Champion Max Verstappen continued his dominance by qualifying on pole for the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix.
The ‘Orange Army’ leader took pole on his home track in the dying seconds of the third qualifying session by just two hundredths of a second over Charles Leclerc, while Carlos Sainz qualified third just behind his Ferrari teammate. Verstappen put pole on the ice after his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez (fifth) spun on his final lap at the final corner of Circuit Zandvoort and denied the Mercedes drivers of Lewis Hamilton (fourth) and George Russell (sixth) a full hot lap final.
“We had a hard time [Friday]Verstappen told F1 Media in the post-qualifying interview, referring to a gearbox failure in the opening minutes of practice this weekend. “We worked very well overnight, we seemed to turn things around. And today, [a] still a fast race car, but it was very close. A qualifying lap here is just crazy.
Lando Norris qualified seventh and Mick Schumacher finished eighth. Yuki Tsunoda put in a solid performance and qualified ninth.
Lance Stroll qualified for Q3 but was unable to return to the track due to a mechanical problem and will start 10th in the race.
There were no incidents during this session. Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Nicholas Latifi failed to advance. Vettel had his eighth Q1 outing of the season after setting the fastest sector once on his final hot lap but then crashing into the gravel pit at the penultimate corner. Vettel was able to return to pit road without damage, but will start 19th in the race.
There was a red flag a minute after a fan launched a flare at the racetrack. Alex Albon was the only driver on the circuit, and his race on fresh tires was ruined due to the red flag. Pierre Gasly, Esetban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, Zhou Guanyu and Albon were all eliminated in this session.
The big race will take place on Sunday 4 September. US TV coverage will be provided by Sky Sports via main channel ESPN, with lights out scheduled for 9 a.m. ET.
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