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.
Pierre Gasley continued to impress as he managed to keep his Alpha Tory at number four behind Botas and ahead of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sanz’s Ferraris.
The ZandWort circuit is notorious for being difficult to overtake, and as it stands, Verstapen benefits. However, a small mistake can easily give the lead to his championship rival Hamilton, who is just behind him. “Of course this is the best position. We know it’s hard to get through, there are a lot of laps, the tires are struggling around fast corners but I hope we can finish it tomorrow,” he said. ” BBC
The most fanatical crowd was dressed in orange, and they were not ashamed to tell Hamilton that they were behind Versatapen. The Britishman was being interviewed after the session so loud and whistling could be played, but he pushed it forward and said he appreciated all the spectators who came out to watch the race.
“I want to thank all the orange fans here, the Dutch fans. What a wonderful place and track. I really like coming to this country. Max made an amazing lap and I was very close to catching it. Yesterday’s session was missed, it made it difficult, but I did my best, “he said.