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Qualifying report
Formula 1 Dutch GP

F1 Dutch GP: Verstappen enthrals home fans with pole in wild qualifying

Max Verstappen scorched to Formula 1 pole for the Dutch Grand Prix crowd in a frantic and twice red-flagged qualifying session to beat Lando Norris by half a second.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19

The Dutchman punched in a 1m10.567s lap to send the home crowd into raptures, which remained untouchable in the final moments of Q3 to ensure a third consecutive pole at his local race.

Although the McLarens had headed the order prior to the Charles Leclerc-enforced red flag towards the end of qualifying, Verstappen made no bones of setting himself up for an all-or-nothing flyer at the end and set a difficult benchmark to beat.

Norris came close and had been up on Verstappen at the close of the first sector, but lost time in the middle part of the lap to cast his slim pole chances asunder.

An already wild qualifying session assisted by a drying circuit came to a head in Q3, where the brace of red flags compressed the final hot laps into a final four-minute window.

Logan Sargeant produced the first stoppage in Q3 having just crossed the line to slot in behind team-mate Alex Albon at the top of the charts, after sustaining a heavy crash at Turn 2 after losing the rear to bring out a red flag.

The restart came with eight minutes on the board and, although Albon looked set to better his time, he instead elected to retreat to the pits and handed George Russell the chance to move to the top of the times.

But the McLarens then swept to the top, Norris grabbing a 1m12.049s to claim a time just 0.2s clear of team-mate Piastri - Verstappen only able to slot into third.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60

Photo by: Dom Romney / Motorsport Images

Leclerc then washed out on the exit of Turn 9 and clouted the barrier, prompting a further red flag with just four minutes left on the clock.

Verstappen's lap proved unbeatable for Norris, while Russell snatched a provisional third place from Albon's grasp at the very end of the session as the Williams driver had been on excellent form throughout Saturday's sessions. Albon had earlier headed Q1, and broke into Q3 with apparent ease despite Williams' cool expectations for the Zandvoort weekend.

Fernando Alonso bagged fifth over Carlos Sainz, while Sergio Perez could only manage seventh - 1.3s behind Verstappen's benchmark.

Oscar Piastri was eighth fastest, ahead of Q3 crashers Leclerc and Sargeant - who nonetheless made his first Q3 appearance of 2023.

Lewis Hamilton was dumped out in Q2 by improvements from Norris and Sainz at the death of the second part of qualifying, having been unable to improve during his final attempts at a quick lap.

Hamilton was hovering on the precipice of the elimination zone and, his position became more precarious when Sainz employed a fresh set of intermediates to get through to Q3.

Norris then found more time to overturn his countryman's lap, as Hamilton appeared to be baulked by Yuki Tsunoda when attempting to complete a lap. The Japanese driver was given a three-place grid drop for the incident.

George Russell, Mercedes F1 W14

George Russell, Mercedes F1 W14

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

Lance Stroll looked to have made his way into Q2, but Sargeant's late flyer pushed the Canadian into 11th and out of qualifying. Pierre Gasly moved ahead of Hamilton but only set a time good enough for 12th as a solid first sector fizzled out over the rest of his last tour.

Tsunoda was 14th fastest, just 0.02s clear of Nico Hulkenberg who had briefly made a play for a Q3 appearance before sliding down the order in a frenetic end to the session.

Leclerc narrowly avoided becoming the biggest scalp in Q1, but his final lap in the opening part of qualifying lifted him out of the drop zone by just 0.05s over Zhou Guanyu.

The Ferrari driver was in the bottom five with seconds left in a frenzied opening part of qualifying, where improving track conditions ensured that the timing board resembled a slot machine with frequent changes of position.

Despite mistakes on his final lap, having missed the apex at Turn 11 and put him off-line for Turn 12, a subsequent slide on the exit of Turn 13 could not stop the Monegasque from progressing at Zhou's expense.

Zhou, who sustained a Turn 13 drift on his own best lap, headed Esteban Ocon in Q1 while Kevin Magnussen, Valtteri Bottas, and rookie Liam Lawson were also eliminated in the opening phase.

F1 Dutch GP qualifying results

Driver Info
Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Time km/h
1 Netherlands M. Verstappen Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull 1'10.567 217.274
2 United Kingdom L. Norris Lando Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes +0.537 215.633
3 United Kingdom G. Russell George Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes +0.727 215.058
4 Thailand A. Albon Alex Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes +0.852 214.682
5 Spain F. Alonso Fernando Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes +0.939 214.421
6 Spain C. Sainz Carlos Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari +1.187 213.680
7 Mexico S. Perez Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull +1.313 213.305
8 Australia O. Piastri Oscar Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes +1.371 213.133
9 Monaco C. Leclerc Charles Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari +2.098 211.001
10 United States L. Sargeant Logan Sargeant Williams 2 Williams Mercedes +6.181 199.775
11 Canada L. Stroll Lance Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes +9.554 191.365
12 France P. Gasly Pierre Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault +9.561 191.348
13 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 44 Mercedes Mercedes +9.584 191.293
14 Germany N. Hulkenberg Nico Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari +9.683 191.057
15 China Z. Guanyu Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo F1 Team KICK 24 Alfa Romeo Ferrari +11.500 186.827
16 France E. Ocon Esteban Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault +11.543 186.729
17 Japan Y. Tsunoda Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 22 AlphaTauri Red Bull +9.663 191.105
18 Denmark K. Magnussen Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 Haas Ferrari +11.625 186.543
19 Finland V. Bottas Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo F1 Team KICK 77 Alfa Romeo Ferrari +11.693 186.389
20 New Zealand L. Lawson Liam Lawson AlphaTauri 40 AlphaTauri Red Bull +12.853 183.797

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