Max Verstappen was only 0.038 seconds faster when Lewis Hamilton won the Dutch Grand Prix pole.© AFP
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen performed brilliantly in Saturday’s qualifying, edging championship leader Lewis Hamilton and taking pole position at his hometown of the Dutch Grand Prix. Verstappen, three points below Hamilton in the title race, was only 0.038 seconds faster than the Mercedes driver who joined the front row in the first race of the Zandvoort circuit since 1985. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas lined up with Pierre Guthrie’s AlphaTauri in the second row, with two Ferraris, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Signs, who were very impressive in practice on Friday. Suppress the rows.
Verstappen, who escaped the grid penalty in the on-track incident on Friday, recorded the fastest lap of 1: 08.885.
“It feels great to get pole position here,” Verstappen said.
“The crowd is incredible, the car is really nice to drive, and so is this truck-it’s really cool.
“It’s a great starting point because the pass is difficult. It was good today and I want to finish it tomorrow.”
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