Red Bull’s Max Verstappen fired up his fans by seizing pole position at his home Dutch Grand Prix for the second year in a row with a storming final effort on Saturday.
The runaway championship leader was joined on the front row by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, after qualifying at Zandvoort ended with Verstappen’s Mexican team mate Sergio Perez crashing at the final corner.
The yellow warning flags prevented seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton making a last-gasp bid for pole in his Mercedes, and the Briton ended up in fourth place with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in third.
The pole was Verstappen’s fourth of the season and first since Austria in July, while the margin of 0.021 between the top two drivers made it the tightest qualifying battle of the season so far.
Needless to say, the finale is expected to be even more exciting as the local boy looks to build on his lead in the Championship. Verstappen - with nine wins and 11 podium finishes - is 93 points ahead of his closest competitor and teammate Sergio Perez, who has one win and seven podium finishes to his name his season.
To discuss about the race and the Championship standings, Formula One analyst and journalist Matthew Marsh will be live streaming the GOF1 Show.
Marsh is a former professional racer who won the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in 2004 and was the first driver to represent Hong Kong in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After retiring from racing, Marsh has been involved with several media projects, including with Fox Sports and has decided to begin another project - the GOF1 show, which involves interactions after every F1 race with professionals in the sport -- through interviews and real time questions from viewers.
There will also be with insights from former F1 driver Alex Yoong after the race.
Watch the race review and discussions during and after the race below, scheduled on September from 7:30 pm IST:
(with inputs from Reuters)
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