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Verstappen storms twice red-flagged Q3 to take Dutch GP pole

by Josh Suttill
3 min read

Max Verstappen took pole position on home turf at the Dutch Grand Prix after triumphing in an incident-packed Q3 shootout that featured two red flags.

Charles Leclerc took too much speed into Turn 9 and went off the road into the barriers with four minutes of Q3 remaining, bringing out the second red flag of Q3 and grounding himself to ninth in qualifying.

After Q1 and Q2 took place in inters conditions, the track dried out enough for slicks to be the tyre of choice in Q3. It meant when Q3 resumed after Leclerc’s crash, each driver had one shot at taking pole.

Verstappen emerged on top with a 1m10.567s, half a second faster than McLaren’s Lando Norris, who was the fastest driver through the first sector but lost too much time to Verstappen over the rest of the lap.

“The driver peaked too early,” Norris joked after the session.

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying Day Zandvoort, Netherlands

George Russell will start third for Mercedes – his best qualifying since his front row in Melbourne – and will share the second row with Williams driver and Q1 pacesetter Alexander Albon, who was a season’s best fourth.

His team-mate Logan Sargeant was 1.1s slower than him in Q1 and almost seven tenths adrift in Q2 but Sargeant still sneaked through to Q3 by just 0.054s, the first time he’s done so in his short F1 career so far.

However, it all went wrong for Sargeant in Q3 into the Turn 2 right-hander as he lost control of his car, leading to it skating through the gravel before whacking the outside wall.

His crash warranted a red flag and barrier repairs that stopped Q3 for around 20 minutes.

Carlos Sainz was sixth fastest for Ferrari ahead of the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez, who was 1.3s slower than team-mate Verstappen.

McLaren’s Oscar Piastri was slowest of the drivers who didn’t crash in Q3 and took eighth ahead of Leclerc and Sargeant.

Sargeant’s Q3 advancement ensured Lance Stroll failed to reach Q3 for the fourth time in six races. He was 11th fastest ahead of Alpine’s Pierre Gasly.

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying Day Zandvoort, Netherlands

Lewis Hamilton was the big-name Q2 elimination as he went out in 13th, less than a tenth away from Q3. He was followed by AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda and Nico Hulkenberg who was slowest of all in Q2 as he was eliminated in 15th place, albeit still only just under two tenths adrift of Q3.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was dumped out of Q1 in a grand prix qualifying session for the first time this season in 17th place ahead of Haas’s Kevin Magnussen – without the new front wing he broke during a crash in FP3 – and the Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas.

AlphaTauri F1 debutant Liam Lawson qualified 20th and last in his first F1 qualifying session, 1.4s away from a place in Q2.

Qualifying Results

Pos Name Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m20.965s 1m18.856s 1m10.567s
2 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1m21.276s 1m19.769s 1m11.104s
3 George Russell Mercedes 1m21.345s 1m19.62s 1m11.294s
4 Alex Albon Williams-Mercedes 1m20.939s 1m19.399s 1m11.419s
5 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m21.84s 1m19.429s 1m11.506s
6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1m21.321s 1m19.929s 1m11.754s
7 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1m21.972s 1m19.856s 1m11.88s
8 Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes 1m21.231s 1m19.392s 1m11.938s
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m22.019s 1m19.6s 1m12.665s
10 Logan Sargeant Williams-Mercedes 1m22.036s 1m20.067s 1m16.748s
11 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 1m21.57s 1m20.121s
12 Pierre Gasly Alpine-Renault 1m21.735s 1m20.128s
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.919s 1m20.151s
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 1m21.781s 1m20.23s
15 Nico Hülkenberg Haas-Ferrari 1m21.891s 1m20.25s
16 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m22.067s
17 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1m22.11s
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m22.192s
19 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m22.26s
20 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT 1m23.42s
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