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Verstappen takes pole for a second time in a row at home gp! 2022 Dutch GP Quali Highlights!

The Dutchman took pole by just 0.021s over Leclerc aided by Perez who spun out in the final moments

Leclerc and Verstappen fought it out on the track in today’s qualifying session, well not literally, but with superior performances with their car. After yesterday’s unsatisfactory pace, RedBull successfully made an impactful recovery to put the 2021 World Champion on Pole Position at his home Grand Prix. Meanwhile, the day seemed tough for the like of Vettel and Perez who spun out in their respective final flying laps in the final corners.


Norris had an early incident in the session with an unsafe release into Yuki Tsunoda who was coming into the pits, just narrowly missing him. On track however, he set P3 with a time of 1:11:556. His teammate Ricciardo could not get in terms with his car and was knocked out to start P17 tomorrow. Sebastian Vettel in his final lap had the quickest first sector and a green middle sector as well, but sadly drifted into the gravel in the final banked corner to end a lap which could have changed his qualifying outcome.


Sainz posted an overall quickest time in this session entering the 1.10s, closely followed by Russell who was only off by a hundredth of a second. Traffic was a deciding factor at this circuit as Ocon and Alonso had to lift off at multiple corners which kept them at P12 and P13 respectively. Mick Schumacher, however, was super strong as with a blistering lap, he pushed himself into P9 to appear for Q3.


Verstappen set an early standard of 1:10:515 followed by Hamilton. But an all-purple lap from Leclerc usurped him by a mere 0.059s. As all the drivers came back to the pits to prepare for their final run at the end, Aston Martin confirmed that Stroll would not take part in the session due to technical faults on his car. In the final flying laps, Leclerc improved upon his previous set time by another 0.200s but a rapid middle sector from Verstappen granted him a time of 1:10:342! Just 0.021s better than Leclerc.

There was still more drama to come as Perez, who was running behind Sainz had also improved in the first two sectors. But a jittery rear end oversteered him into the banking of Turn 13 and he spun out, causing yellow flags to be deployed. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton had to subsequently lift off and could not complete their laps due to this. After the session Leclerc was visibly dejected but optimistic for close racing on Sunday!

The complete driver standings from the session are given below:

1 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:11.317 1:10.927 1:10.342 12
2 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:11.443 1:10.988 1:10.363 18
3 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:11.767 1:10.814 1:10.434 18
4 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:11.331 1:11.075 1:10.648 18
5 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:11.641 1:11.314 1:11.077 19
6 63 George Russell MERCEDES 1:11.561 1:10.824 1:11.147 18
7 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:11.556 1:11.116 1:11.174 18
8 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:11.741 1:11.420 1:11.442 21
9 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:11.427 1:11.428 1:12.556 21
10 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:11.568 1:11.416 14
11 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT 1:11.705 1:11.512 15
12 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:11.748 1:11.605 12
13 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:11.667 1:11.613 11
14 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:11.826 1:11.704 15
15 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:11.695 1:11.802 16
16 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:11.961 9
17 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:12.081 8
18 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:12.319 9
19 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:12.391 8
20 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:13.353 5
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Abhishek S.

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