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

September 3, 2022

Max Verstappen took pole place for the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, with Charles Leclerc lacking out by 0.021s in an exciting Zandvoort contest.

Verstappen logged a lap of 1m 10.342s in Q3 simply earlier than staff mate Sergio Perez, fifth, spun at Flip 13 to convey out a yellow flag and stop anybody else from beating the Dutchman’s time. Leclerc ended up 0.021s off the house favorite in P2, whereas Q2 chief Carlos Sainz certified P3 – underneath a tenth off pole.

Lewis Hamilton certified on the second row in P4, the Mercedes driver unable to enhance late in Q3, whereas staff mate George Russell settled for sixth behind Perez.


Crimson Bull Racing




Crimson Bull Racing

Lando Norris certified seventh, with Mick Schumacher a shock eighth and Yuki Tsunoda an equally shocking ninth. Lance Stroll made it to Q3 however a technical difficulty noticed him confined to the storage and accept tenth on the grid for Aston Martin.

Pierre Gasly certified eleventh forward of compatriot Esteban Ocon, whereas Fernando Alonso completed thirteenth in Q2 as neither Alpine made it to the highest 10 shootout. Zhou Guanyu took P14, forward of Williams’ Alex Albon.

Valtteri Bottas was knocked out in P16 as his Alfa Romeo staff mate Zhou made it by to Q2. Haas’s Kevin Magnussen’s monitor limits infringement noticed him end seventeenth, forward of McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel – who took P19 having run into the gravel on his closing flying lap – and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi backing up the pack.

Extra to observe…


Q1 – Verstappen prime as monitor evolution makes for a mixed-up order

Enormous roars welcomed Max Verstappen when he emerged after 5 minutes, the Dutchman muscling his automobile across the circuit to set the highest time of 1m 11.317s (regardless of shedding time within the closing nook), with Leclerc going second by 0.126s after two flying laps, adopted by the Mercedes drivers of Russell and Hamilton in a provisional P3 and P4, respectively.

However there was extra to come back amid extraordinarily excessive monitor evolution, the likes of Vettel, Ricciardo, Albon and Schumacher prone to elimination, whereas Bottas was on the cusp in P15 as the sector re-emerged.

Verstappen and Leclerc stayed within the storage, content material with their occasions, and whereas the previous retained P1 in Q1, Hamilton completed second and simply 0.024s off in his Mercedes, Tsunoda taking P3 with the quickest second sector. That dropped Leclerc to fourth, forward of McLaren’s Norris and Mercedes driver Russell in P6.


Tsunoda impressed in Q1 with P3

Stroll managed to take P7 forward of Perez however Aston Martin staff mate Vettel may solely handle P19 having picked up harm within the gravel outdoors Flip 13. Alonso made it to Q2 in P9, Albon rounding out the highest 10 for Williams whereas his staff mate Latifi rounded out the standings in twentieth.

Gasly, Schumacher and Ocon made it by and Sainz might need felt a bit nervous, putting 14th in Q1. Alfa Romeo’s Zhou additionally made it by in P15, knocking out staff mate Bottas by over a tenth of a second.

Magnussen was eradicated in P17 having transgressed monitor limits at Flip 3, whereas Ricciardo positioned 18th, later saying that filth thrown up by one other automobile value him time, the Australian ending forward of Vettel and Latifi.

Knocked out: Bottas, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Vettel, Latifi


Vettel picked up gravel and ended up nineteenth

Q2 – Sainz takes P1 as seven completely different groups make it to Q3

Q2 was red-flagged virtually as quickly because the inexperienced mild appeared as a flare had been thrown onto the monitor – ruining Albon’s out-lap – with the offender faraway from the circuit. After the circa-five-minute stoppage, Verstappen and Albon emerged to renew the motion, the previous on used softs and the latter on new softs. The Crimson Bull driver crossed the road with a time of 1m 10.927s to set the highest time.

With a tow, Hamilton shot to P2 forward of Perez, whereas Stroll starred early in Q2, 0.489s off Verstappen in P4 to go away Russell rounding out the highest 5 with time ticking down. Each AlphaTauris, Ocon, Zhou, and Schumacher had been underneath risk of elimination, Albon on the bubble in P10.

Because the chequered flag approached, laps got here in and Sainz took prime spot with a time of 1m 10.814s, Russell simply 0.010s off in P2, to drop Verstappen – who once more attemped only one flying lap – to P3.

Leclerc was fourth forward of Hamilton in P5, with Norris sixth and Perez – who aborted his closing effort – in seventh. Stroll and a delighted Schumacher had been subsequent on the board as Tsunoda made it by in P10, eliminating Gasly by underneath a tenth of a second.

Ocon was eradicated in P12 forward of Alonso, who blamed Perez for impeding him in Turns 8 and 9 and was eradicated in P13. Zhou took P14 and Albon, who didn’t emerge for a closing flying lap, fifteenth in Q2 – the place simply six-tenths cut up P1 and P10…

Knocked out: Gasly, Ocon, Alonso, Zhou, Albon


There can be no Alpine in Q3 for the primary time because the Spanish Grand Prix

Q3 – Verstappen takes pole forward of Leclerc earlier than Perez spins

Once more it was Verstappen who emerged first on new softs having crucially saved three units of latest tender tyres, adopted by Perez on used tyres – various different drivers working low on brand-new units of Pirelli’s coveted softs. The Dutchman set a lap of 1m 10.515s and had loads of time, and tyres, to enhance on that…

Leclerc then beat that with a time of 1m 10.456s, Hamilton going third behind Verstappen and 0.192s off the tempo. Sainz couldn’t match them, taking fourth by a margin of 0.291s with Perez 0.621s off prime spot in P5. With three minutes left, Stroll sat in P10 with out a time to his title – a robust qualifying session reduce quick by a technical difficulty.

The vehicles poured out of the pits, Leclerc with the time to beat. The Monegasque was first to cross the road, however he misplaced time in Sector 2, although he improved with a superb closing sector to complete with a lap of 1m 10.363s. Then got here Verstappen, a quickest Sector 2 placing him prime with a 1m 10.342s.


A mistake in Sector 2 value Leclerc

Sainz may solely go third, lacking out by slightly below two tenths of a second. The Mercedes and Perez had been but to cross the road however at Flip 13, the Crimson Bull driver spun 180 levels and introduced out a yellow flag in Sector 3 that assured him fifth on the grid however stopped fourth-place Hamilton and sixth-place Russell from enhancing.

Norris certified eighth to share row 4 with Haas’s Schumacher, whereas Tsunoda ended up ninth forward of Stroll, who was confined to the storage for Q3.

Crucially, Verstappen took his fourth pole of the season, and has a set of brand-new softs reserved for race day.

Key quote

“Unbelievable. Particularly after yesterday we had a troublesome day, however I believe we labored very well in a single day with the entire staff to show it round. And right now we had a fast race automobile once more, but it surely was very shut. And a lap round right here… a qualifying lap is insane” – Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull

What’s subsequent?

Lights exit for the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix at 1500 native time as Max Verstappen goals for a second-straight dwelling victory, and Charles Leclerc hopes to show the tide in entrance of a sea of orange. Head to the RACE HUB for extra on how and when you possibly can watch the motion.

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