Verstappen on pole position at Dutch GP

Just 0.021s seconds separate title rivals on the front row in Zandvoort

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 03, 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202209030271 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen will start the Dutch Grand Prix from pole position after beating Charles Leclerc to pole position by 0.021s in qualifying at Zandvoort.

There was little to separate the two drivers, while Carlos Sainz was less than 0.1s adrift of the pole sitter in third.

Sebastian Vettel’s hopes of progressing from Q1 were dashed when he ran wide coming out of the final turn, while Daniel Ricciardo struggled to get the most of out his McLaren, leaving him in the bottom five.

There was a short delay early in Q2 when an orange flare landed on the racetrack, forcing marshals to red flag the session while the track was cleared.

Alpine were left disappointed after both cars missed out on a place in the top 10, while Pierre Gasly was denied by teammate Yuki Tsunoda, who secured the final spot in Q3 by going 0.1s faster than the Frenchman.

Lance Stroll found strong pace in the Aston Martin to make it into the final part of qualifying, but a technical issue meant the Canadian didn’t make it out in Q3.

The two Mercedes drivers missed out on the chance to show their pace in Q3 as Sergio Perez spun and crashed, resulting in a yellow flag late on in the session.

Provisional qualifying result:

1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

5. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

6. George Russel (Mercedes)

7. Lando Norris (McLaren)

8. Mick Schumacher (Haas)

9. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

10. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

11. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

12. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

13. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

14. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)

15. Alex Albon (Williams)

16. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)

17. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

18. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

19. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

20. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

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