Verstappen on pole for Dutch Grand Prix

CIRCUIT ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 04: Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B, waves to fans on his way to Parc Ferme after securing pole during the Dutch GP at Circuit Zandvoort on Saturday September 04, 2021 in North Holland, Netherlands. (Photo by Charles Coates / LAT Images)

Max Verstappen has taken pole position for his home Grand Prix this weekend just three-hundredths of a second ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

The 72-lap Dutch Grand Prix would suggest that a two-stopper and one-stopper are about on par with each other from a strategy standpoint but there many elements that could impact that such as tire degradation, heat, wind, safety car periods etc. In fact there were six red flags over just four hours of total running leading up to Sunday’s race.

The return of the Dutch Grand Prix was initially scheduled for 2020 but postponed to this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. With some high-energy corners and no relevant previous data to fall back on, the strategy and tire performance is a bit of an unknown.

Qualifying Results:

1Max VerstappenRed Bull-Honda1m10.036s1m09.071s1m08.885s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m10.114s1m09.726s1m08.923s
3Valtteri BottasMercedes1m10.219s1m09.769s1m09.222s
4Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda1m10.274s1m09.541s1m09.478s
5Charles LeclercFerrari1m09.829s1m09.437s1m09.527s
6Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m10.022s1m09.87s1m09.537s
7Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m10.05s1m10.033s1m09.59s
8Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m10.179s1m09.919s1m09.933s
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m10.435s1m10.02s1m09.956s
10Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m10.255s1m09.865s1m10.166s
11George RussellWilliams-Mercedes1m10.382s1m10.332s
12Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m10.438s1m10.367s
13Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m10.489s1m10.406s
14Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m10.093s1m11.161s
15Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda1m10.462s1m11.314s
16Sergio PérezRed Bull-Honda1m10.53s
17Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m10.731s
18Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m11.301s
19Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m11.387s
20Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari1m11.875s
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