After being removed from the racing calendar last year, Dutch Grand Prix returns this weekend after 36 long years.
So let’s take a look at the highlights that emerged from the qualifying session of the Dutch Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel dropped out of Q1 after being blocked by Nikita Mazepin, the Haas driver moving to the inside of his teammate only to get in Vettel’s way with the stewards investigating both Haas drivers. The German will start the race from P17.
With just under four minutes remaining on the clock in Q2, George Russell brought out the red flags after he skidded across the gravel run-off area and went into the wall at Turn 13, the penultimate corner of the Zandvoort circuit.
After a 10-minute delay, the Q2 session restarted following Russell’s red flag, Nicholas Latifi spun at turn 8 after the Canadian clipped the grass and hit the wall. With only 90 seconds left in the session, the stewards declared the session will not resume.
Driver’s championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, nearly misses out on the pole position and will start from the first row alongside his arch-rival, Max Verstappen. The Briton improved his final lap but still was 0.038s adrift from the Dutchman.
Max Verstappen's second lap improvement in Q3 turns out to be decisive as he just finished three-hundredths of a second ahead of Hamilton. The Dutchman secured his 10th pole position in presence of his home fans after the return of the Dutch GP since 1985.