Verstappen: The qualifying lap was insane

Max Verstappen, photo Georgi Todorov/LAP

Max Verstappen won qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix in F1. The Red Bull driver struggled after gearbox problems in Friday’s first practice session. However, the Dutchman again found enough speed to take a second consecutive pole position at his home track Zandvoort and delight all the fans in the stands.

“It’s incredible, especially after the struggles we’ve had. We had a tough Friday and worked all night to make some changes. We had a fast race car again today,” said Verstappen after qualifying.

“The differences were very close. The qualifying lap was insane. We changed a lot of things and had a busy second practice. We ended up putting all the pieces together. After that, I had fun driving this car.”

Verstappen was very happy after the qualifying session. The Red Bull driver is the main favorite to win tomorrow’s Dutch Grand Prix. In addition, he did not fail to thank all the orange fans in the Zandvoort stands.

“It’s unbelievable,” Verstappen continued. “I’m glad to see so many Orange fans. The support since the start of the weekend has been amazing. Thank you very much!”

Red Bull co-driver Sergio Perez will start from fifth position in tomorrow’s Dutch Grand Prix. The Mexican spun at the final corner at the very end of the session, prompting yellow flags and at no point was he close to Verstappen.

“In the end I was lucky I didn’t damage the whole car as it would have been a big crash. I went into the corner well and then tried to hit the gas too early. I ended up touching the gravel a bit and lost the rear of the car. I did a good lap in Q3 but I couldn’t improve it,” said Perez.

“It will be difficult to make any more progress. I will try to do my best to have a strong race tomorrow. Despite the fifth starting position, I believe I have a good chance to be on the podium,” added the Red Bull driver.

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