F1 Netherlands: Verstappen takes pole at home ahead of Ferrari

Max Verstappen will start on pole at home in the Dutch Grand Prix this Sunday. The world champion is ahead of the Ferraris by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sergio Perez (Red Bull) complete the top 5.

No big surprise in Q1, except the elimination of a disappointing Daniel Ricciardo driving his McLaren. Same story for Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), author of an error on his last lap when he had just achieved the best first sector. the four-time world champion Thus eliminated in Q1 for the eighth time this season. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Valtteri Boots (Alfa Romeo) also remain stuck at the Q1 stage.

The start of Q2 is delayed by a few minutes, the time to evacuate a smoke bomb… and pigeons who have come to visit the circuit. Next, no miracle for Alexander Albon at the wheel of his Williams, which ranks fifteenth behind Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)the Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon and theAlpha Tauri of Rock Gasly. Note the qualifications in Q3 of Spear Stroll (Aston Martin) and Mick Schumacher (Haas).

In Q3, Leclerc took provisional pole ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton. But the world champion achieves an excellent last lap to cap the Monegasque at the best time. On the other hand, his teammate Pérez made a mistake in the very last seconds, causing a yellow flag and ending Mercedes’ hopes of pole position.

The Dutchman delighted his supporters this Saturday but the hardest part is still to be done. Can he win at home like last year? Answer this Sunday from 3 p.m. on the RTBF media.

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