September 21, 2021

Worstapen on the pole, the Mercedes team is ready to bounce in Zandvoort.

Max Verstappen took control of the entire qualifying session and took championship rival Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday. The home crowd agreed that the Flying Dutchman took the top spot in just 0.038 seconds.

It was the last few seconds of the session that allowed the Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Voltaire Botas to close the two slots just behind Versatapen. Unfortunately, Sergio Perez’s second Red Bull car will not be able to provide any help and protection in the early laps after being caught out by track evolution in Q1. Basically, Perez came out very early and his best time from the session was easily hit by other drivers who came out later because the track got too fast. He missed Q2 and will start from P16 until the team chooses to start from the pits.