2022 Dutch Grand Prix report and highlights: Verstappen beats Leclerc to Zandvoort pole by 0.021s

Max Verstappen takes pole position at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, and Charles Leclerc loses by 0.021 seconds in the thrilling race at Zandvoort.

Verstappen’s lap in the third quarter was 10.342 seconds, just before fifth-placed teammate Sergio Perez slid at Turn 13 to show the yellow flag and stop the others from beating the Dutchman Before. Leclerc ended up 0.021 seconds behind the home team in P2, with Q2 leader Carlos Sainz in P3 – 10th on pole.

Lewis Hamilton qualified second row in P4, the Mercedes driver was unable to progress late in Q3 and team-mate George Russell was sixth behind Perez.

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Verstappen
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Red Bull Racing
1:10.342
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Charles
Leclerc
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Ferrari
1:10.363
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Carlos
Sainz
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Ferrari
1:10.434
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Lewis
Hamilton
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Mercedes
1:10.648
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Sergio
Perez
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Red Bull Racing
1:11.077

Lando Norris qualified seventh, Mick Schumacher unexpectedly finished eighth, and Kakuda Yuki also unexpectedly finished ninth. Lance Stroll went into Q3 but was confined to the garage due to technical issues and set up a start for Aston Martin in 10th.

Pierre Gasly finished 11th ahead of compatriot Esteban Ocon, while Fernando Alonso finished 13th in Q2 as neither Alpine made it into the top 10 shootout. Zhou Guanyu has a P14 ahead of Williams’ Alex Albon.

Valtteri Bottas was eliminated in P16 while his Alfa Romeo teammate Zhou entered Q2. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen’s track limit saw him finish 17th, ahead of McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel – who finished in the final The lap ran into the gravel – and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi backed.

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Q1 – Verstappen tops as track evolution creates chaos

There was a huge roar from Max Verstappen, who appeared 5 minutes later, as the Dutchman worked out his car on the track to set a 1m top time of 11.317 seconds (despite losing time in the final corner), with Leclerc in After two laps of the flight, he finished second by 0.126 seconds, followed by Mercedes drivers Russell and Hamilton with provisional P3 and P4 respectively.

But there’s more going on in the extreme track evolution, with the likes of Vettel, Ricciardo, Albon and Schumacher at risk of being eliminated, while Bottas is on the cusp of the P15 as the The field reappeared.

Verstappen and Leclerc stayed in the garage, happy with their times, with the former holding P1 in Q1, with Hamilton finishing second, just 0.024 seconds behind, with Tsunoda taking the fastest second lap for P3. That dropped Leclerc to fourth, ahead of McLaren’s Norris and Mercedes’ Russell’s P6.

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Tsunoda’s P3 performance in Q1 is impressive

Stroll managed to put P7 ahead of Perez, but Aston Martin team-mate Vettel could only manage P19 after taking damage in the gravel outside Turn 13. Alonso went into Q2 on P9, Albon finished in the top 10 for Williams and his teammate Latifi was 20th.

With Gasly, Schumacher and Ocon advancing, Sainz may feel a little nervous, finishing 14th in the first quarter. Alfa Romeo’s Zhou also managed to advance to 15th, beating teammate Bottas by more than a tenth of a second.

Magnussen was knocked out in 17th after he overshot the track limit at Turn 3, while Ricciardo was 18th and later said he was wasting his time with dirt thrown by another car, The Australian is ahead of Vettel and Latifi.

Eliminated: Bottas, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Vettel, Latifi

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Vettel picked up the gravel and finished 19th

Q2 – Sainz gets P1, seven different teams go into Q3

The Q2 was flagged red almost at the green light as the flare was thrown onto the track – damaging Albon’s outer rim – and the offender was removed from the track. After a roughly five-minute suspension, Verstappen and Albon appeared to continue the game, the former using the old pads and the latter using the new ones. The Red Bull driver crossed the finish line in 1m 10.927s, setting the highest time.

With traction, Hamilton led Perez into P2, while Stroll dominated early Q2, trailing Verstappen by 0.489 seconds in P4, leaving Russell in the top five over time. AlphaTauris, Ocon, Zhou and Schumacher are all under threat of elimination, with Albon in the P10 bubble.

With the checkered flag approaching and the laps coming in, Sainz topped the table with a 1m 10.814s, Russell was just 0.010s behind in P2, dropping Verstappen (he again only attempted one flying lap) to P3.

Leclerc leads Hamilton fourth on P5, Norris sixth and Perez – who failed his last effort – seventh. Stroll and a delighted Schumacher followed as Tsunoda made the cut in P10, knocking out Gasly by less than a tenth of a second.

Ocon was eliminated at P12 ahead of Alonso, who accused Perez of holding him back at turns 8 and 9, and was eliminated at P13. Zhou put P14 and Albon, who didn’t appear on the final lap, 15th in Q2 – P1 and P10 separated by only six out of ten…

Eliminated: Gasly, Ocon, Alonso, Zhou, Albon

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For the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix, there will be no Alps in the third quarter

Q3 – Verstappen leads Leclerc before Perez spins

Once again it was Verstappen’s first appearance on the new softs, crucially saving three sets of new softs, followed by Perez on the old tires – many other riders were underwhelming on the all-new Pirelli’s coveted softs. The Dutchman set a lap time of 1m 10.515s and had plenty of time and tires to improve…

Leclerc then beat it with a time of 1m 10.456s, with Hamilton third in 0.192s behind Verstappen. Sainz couldn’t match them, finishing fourth by 0.291 seconds, with Perez trailing P5 by 0.621 seconds. With 3 minutes left, Stroll was sitting on P10 and didn’t have time to say his name – a strong qualifying session was interrupted by technical problems.

The cars poured out of the pits and Leclerc kept pace with the times. Monaco was the first to cross the line, but he lost time in Section 2, although he improved in the final section, finishing the race with a lap of 1m 10.363s. Then came Verstappen, the fastest Sector 2 gave him the lead with 1m 10.342s.

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A Mistake in District 2 Costs Leclerc

Sainz could only be third, less than two-tenths of a second off. Mercedes and Perez had yet to cross the finish line, but at Turn 13 the Red Bull driver turned 180 degrees and showed a yellow flag in zone 3, which ensured him fifth on the grid but prevented fourth No. 1 Hamilton and No. 6 Russell improved.

Norris was eighth and tied for fourth with Haas’ Schumacher, while Kakuda ended up in ninth ahead of Stroll, who was confined to the garage in the third quarter.

Crucially, Verstappen took his fourth pole position of the season and kept a new soft kit for race day.

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“Unbelievable. Especially after yesterday, we had a tough day, but I think we worked really well with the whole team overnight to turn things around. We had another fast car today, but It’s very close. One lap around here… a qualifying lap is crazy” – Max Verstappen, Red Bull

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