Max Verstappen takes pole on home soil as the championship leader pips Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by just 0.021 seconds ahead of tomorrow’s Dutch Grand Prix… with Lewis Hamilton lining up in fourth
- Max Verstappen took pole position for the Dutch GP for the second year in a row
- The Dutchman after a difficult Friday was 0.021 faster than Charles Leclerc
- Lewis Hamilton lines up on Row 2 alongside the other Ferrari of Carlos Sainz
- Sergio Perez span on his final effort and starts fifth alongside George Russell
- Verstappen has a 93 point lead in the championship ahead of team-mate Perez
Max Verstappen took pole position to the cheering delight of the partisan crowd at the Dutch Grand Prix.
The world champion made light of his gearbox problems during first practice on Friday to give the 100,000-strong Orange Army the qualifying session they dreamed of.
Pole sets him up perfectly for a second successive victory at the banked Zandvoort track. He is aiming to build on his 93-point lead in the one-sided fight for the 2022 crown.
Max Verstappen took pole position for his home Dutch Grand Prix from Charles Leclerc
His pole was met with a huge ovation from the ‘Orange Army’ at Zandvoort to support him
In blazing sun, the 24-year-old Verstappen finished 0.021 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Carlos Sainz, in the other red car, was third best. Lewis Hamilton was fourth. Sergio Perez was fifth for Red Bull and George Russell sixth for Mercedes.
Verstappen held his crash helmet aloft to the crowd that moments earlier had met his pole position – his second here in as many years – with a mighty cheer.
It was a disappointing day for Daniel Ricciardo on his second appearance since being informed that McLaren would let him go next season.
Leclerc looked like he had done enough for pole before he was pipped by Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton was unable to build on from fourth after a late spin for Sergio Perez
He could only manage 18th best, a place above Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, whose last season it also is before retirement.
There was a delay to Q2 when someone threw an orange flare on to the track. The red flag was waved as proceedings came to a six-minute halt. The culprit was later removed.
Sportsmail’s Kieran Lynch provided live qualifying updates as the Formula One campaign continues at the Dutch Grand Prix.
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