Welcome back to the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix! It has been a spectacular day with orange flares going off and epic chanting for teams and drivers.
A lot of fans came out to see their hometown hero Max Verstappen. He did not disappoint as he was in the top three of the timesheet and then took P1 in Q3.
Ferrari topped FP3, with Leclerc finishing first with a flying lap of 1:11.632.
Thrilled to be on pole position for my home race, especially after yesterday. We worked hard overnight and recovered really well, thank you @redbullracing ?
A Qualifying lap around Zandvoort is insane and the support of all the fans has been amazing all weekend, thank you ? pic.twitter.com/y8SBrbjaUQ
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) September 3, 2022
Russell from Mercedes +0.66, Verstappen of Red Bulling Racing +0.161, Sainz of Ferrari +0.339 and Hamilton of Mercedes +0.524 rounded out the top five.
The drivers were preying on one another today, waiting to pounce at the perfect moment to manage the fastest lap and snatch P1 on the grid for Race Day Sunday.
Qualifying unfolded like this: eliminated in Q1 and Q2, Ricciardo, Bottas, Magnussen, Vettel, Latifi, Alonso, Ocon, Zhou, Gasly and Albon.
A last-second flying lap put Max Verstappen in P1 for Sunday’s race. Extraordinary racing from Red Bull Racing finishing with a time of 1:10.342.
Rounding up the top five was Leclerc from Ferrari in P2, Sainz of Ferrari in P3, Hamilton of Mercedes in P4 and Perez of Red Bull Racing in P5.
“We had a difficult day yesterday; it was important to recover. His lap on the scrubbed tyres in Q2 has saved him a set of tyres for tomorrow. Massive massive pressure and he did it all in Sector two. A tiny margin to Leclerc but a vital one for tomorrow’s race.” Max Verstappen, Red Bull
“Raceday Sunday” at the Dutch Grand Prix starts at 9:00 a.m., coverage starts at 7:45 a.m.