Max Verstappen claims Dutch Grand Prix pole for the THIRD 12 months in a row as reigning world champion exhibits all his class in frantic qualifying
- It was a chaotic qualifying within the Netherlands, which featured two purple flags
- Charles Leclerc and Logan Sargeant crashed out, as Lewis Hamilton got here thirteenth
- Max Verstappen delivered to nice expectations in entrance of an expectant crowd
Max Verstappen despatched the house crowd into paroxysms of rapture by taking pole place on the Dutch Grand Prix – by a mile.
After a stop-start, wet-to-dry trial, the world champion did what he does greatest on the very finish, setting a time half-a-second faster than second-best Lando Norris, a powerful star himself for McLaren.
Verstappen stood on his automobile to the acclaim of his orange-clad supporters. ‘A mighty lap,’ intoned Purple Bull crew principal Christian Horner.
‘That final lap was very pleasurable,’ stated Verstappen, who solely had one crack at pole after a number of interruptions.
He now chases a record-equalling ninth successive victory within the 72-lap race.
Max Verstappen stood on his automobile to the delight of a partisan dwelling crowd after taking pole
A sea of orange roared on their most important man as he took pole place on the chequered flag
Lewis Hamilton was eradicated in Q2 and can begin thirteenth, a blow to his avowed ambition to complete second within the drivers’ standings.
He at present lies fourth, 41 factors behind Sergio Perez (seventh in qualifying, a large 1.3sec off Verstappen!) in runners-up spot. Hamilton’s progress was not helped by being impeded barely by Yuki Tsunoda’s AlphaTauri.
Albon’s team-mate Logan Sargeant crashed out on the entry of Flip Two, bringing out a purple flag that delayed Q3 for 20 minutes. It should have been a blow to the American’s confidence in what is popping out to be an error-strewn season for him.
The 22-year-old Sargeant was unharmed and climbed out of the cockpit of his bruised automobile unaided. There was a pause because the barrier was repaired.
Charles Leclerc ran vast at Flip 9 and out of Q3.
The Monegasque makes too many errors to be Ferrari’s No 1. He’s fast however can not hold it on the monitor repeatedly sufficient.
On this newest occasion, he carried an excessive amount of pace into the nook, a right-hander he didn’t make.
He walked again and located a deckchair to park himself as proceedings have been red-flagged once more.
It was a day to overlook for Williams’ Logan Sargeant as he crashed into the wall throughout Q3
It was a second purple flag quickly after the restart when Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc went off monitor
The stoppage lasted six minutes, with 4min 5sec remaining on the clock – the window Verstappen had open to him to tug off his newest minor miracle.
In the meantime, it was a chastening afternoon for debutant Liam Lawson.
The 21-year-old New Zealander was drafted in by AlphaTauri after Daniel Ricciardo broke his wrist when he hit the wall throughout observe on Friday, however might solely qualify final.
He was a second slower than the remaining, however given his inexperience little extra might have been anticipated of him.