Verstappen claims Dutch GP pole over Leclerc

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing and Second placed qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talk in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 03, 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202209030361 // Usage for editorial use only //

Although Red Bull and Max Verstappen dominated the Belgian Grand Prix, we knew that the track flattered the Red Bull’s given it was a power circuit. We also knew that coming to the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, it would be a different story for Ferrari and it was.

Although Max Verstappen took pole by two hundredths of a second over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, it is clear that the track is flattering the Ferrari as well as the Mercedes cars a lot more than Belgium and it made for a real battle out of the qualifying session.

Max led Leclerc and his Ferrari teammate, Carlos Sainz, in qualifying but notably, not by much and all three were just ahead of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in their Mercedes cars. The Mercedes duo were split by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez who spun on the final lap bringing out caution flags and scuttling the final run for several drivers.

In the end, the Dutch Grand Prix will come down to race pace, tire management and a good start. Any bobble up front could leave the door wide open for Hamilton or Russell to sniff a podium finish.

A shame for Lance Stroll who did a masterful job to get to Q3 but couldn’t participate in the session due to a mechanical. He’ll start down in 10th.

Also keep an eye out for Lando Norris who made it to P7 in qualifying while his teammate, the out-going Daniel Ricciardo, couldn’t manage to get out of Q1. Lando could have pace and if he manages the race well, it will be a good points haul over the Alpines who missed out on Q3.

Dutch GP Qualifying Results:

1Max VerstappenRed Bull1m11.317s1m10.927s1m10.342s
2Charles LeclercFerrari1m11.443s1m10.988s1m10.363s
3Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m11.767s1m10.814s1m10.434s
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m11.331s1m11.075s1m10.648s
5Sergio PérezRed Bull1m11.641s1m11.314s1m11.077s
6George RussellMercedes1m11.561s1m10.824s1m11.147s
7Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m11.556s1m11.116s1m11.174s
8Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m11.741s1m11.42s1m11.442s
9Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m11.427s1m11.428s1m12.556s
10Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m11.568s1m11.416s
11Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m11.705s1m11.512s
12Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m11.748s1m11.605s
13Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m11.667s1m11.613s
14Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m11.826s1m11.704s
15Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m11.695s1m11.802s
16Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m11.961s
17Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m12.041s
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m12.081s
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m12.391s
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m13.353s
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