Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying HIGHLIGHTS: Verstappen clinches pole position, Leclerc second

Welcome to highlights of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix qualifying session held at Zandvoort on Saturday.

Updated : Mar 31, 2023 14:37 IST - 5 MINS READ

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a practice session in Zandvoort on Saturday.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a practice session in Zandvoort on Saturday. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during a practice session in Zandvoort on Saturday. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Welcome to Sportstar’s highlights of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix qualifying session held at Zandvoort on Saturday.

7:48PM IST: Here’s how the 20 drivers will line up on the grid tomorrow-

7:39PM IST: Leclerc betters his previous timing with a new one of 1:10.363s. However, home favourite Max Verstappen edges him with timing of 1:10.342. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s team mate, loses control and crashes while the others were chasing Verstappen’s time. That’s the end of qualifying - POLE POSITION FOR MAX VERSTAPPEN AT ZANDVOORT FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW!

7:35PM IST: Here we go. Less than three minutes to go before the session ends and all the contenders are out on track.

7:31PM IST: Unfortunately, Lance Stroll’s car has a technical problem and he is out. The Aston Martin driver will start tomorrow’s race from 10th.

7:30PM IST: Not for long as Leclerc clocks 1:10.456s with six minutes left in the session!

7:28PM IST: Verstappen begins Q3 with 1:10.515s, the fastest timing of the qualifying session so far.

7:25PM IST: Q3, final qualifying session begins. Will Verstappen be able to grab pole position for the second consecutive year?

7:19PM IST: Carlos Sainz goes fastest in Q2 with 1:10.814s, Russel second with 1:10.824s and Verstappen third with 1:10.927s. Here are the five drivers eliminated after Q2-

  • Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
  • Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  • Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
  • Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
  • Alex Albon (Williams)

7:11PM IST: Drivers at risk of being eliminated at the moment with five minutes to go in Q2-

  • Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
  • Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  • Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
  • Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
  • Mick Schumacher (Haas)

7:05PM IST: Verstappen begins Q2 with a lap timing of 1:10.927s, setting the pace for the rest of the field.

7:03PM IST: The person who threw the flame on the track has been removed and Q2 begins!

6:57PM IST: Red flag early on into Q2...........because it looks like someone has thrown a flare on the track.

6:52PM IST: Drivers eliminated after Q1-

  • Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
  • Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
  • Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
  • Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

6:43PM IST: Five minutes remaining in Q1 and here are the bottom five drivers-

16. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

17. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

18. Alex Albon (Williams)

19. Mick Schumacher (Haas)

20. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

6:38PM IST: Home favourite Max Verstappen clocks 1:11.317s with his opening lap, the fastest so far in Q1 with 10 minutes to go.

6:30PM IST: Qualifying session of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix begins!

6:15PM IST: Just 15 minutes to go before live action begins at Zandvoort. ICYMI, here are the highlights from 2022 F1 season’s first half (till Hungarian Grand Prix) and what to expect now - by Abhishek Saini and Pranay Rajiv.

6:05PM IST: Here’s how the circuit looks at Zandvoort

5:55PM IST: Result of 2021 qualifying session (top 3)

Max Verstappen - Red Bull - 1:08.885s

Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 1:08.923s

Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes - 1:09.222s

5:45PM IST: Brief summary of three practice sessions (via Reuters)

FP3 - Leclerc led the way in final practice on Saturday with Verstappen only third fastest for Red Bull in front of his army of cheering supporters.

Russell was second fastest for Mercedes around the seaside Zandvoort layout.

Leclerc, who was also fastest in Friday's second practice, did 20 laps and produced a best effort of one minute 11.632 seconds after mechanics worked on his car midway through the session.

Russell was 0.066 slower and Verstappen, who has a 93 point lead in the championship over closest rival and team mate Sergio Perez, was 0.161 off the pace.

Leclerc's team mate Sainz was fourth and seven-time world champion Hamilton fifth for Mercedes, with Perez sixth.

The top six were separated by 0.544, suggesting a tight battle for pole position in later qualifying.

FP1 and FP2 - Ferrari and Mercedes dampened Formula One champion Max Verstappen's homecoming party with the fastest times in practice on Friday.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was fastest in the second session at the seaside circuit with a best lap of one minute 12.345 seconds.

Team mate Carlos Sainz was second on the timing screens, a mere 0.004 slower, with Mercedes' seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton third and 0.072 of the pace.

Red Bull's runaway world championship leader Verstappen was only eighth but seemingly set on a race simulation with a full fuel load.

McLaren's Lando Norris was fourth ahead of Mercedes' George Russell, Aston Martin's Lance Stroll and Alpine's Fernando Alonso.

Verstappen did only seven laps in the first session before being sidelined by a gearbox problem that left him as much of a spectator as the ranks of orange-clad fans crowding the grandstands.

Russell was fastest around the tight and twisty layout in 1:12.455 in the first session, 0.240 ahead of Hamilton and Sainz.

"Something went with the gearbox," Verstappen told his race engineer over the radio after stopping with 10 minutes on the clock.

"We lost drive whilst he took a shift from fourth to fifth," said team boss Christian Horner. "We have to get it turned around quickly for the next session."

Verstappen's Mexican team mate Sergio Perez was seventh and 12th in the sessions respectively.

"Sergio usually feels his way into a P1 and there were certain things he wasn't happy with about the car," Horner said of Perez after the first stint.

5:35PM IST: Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Zandvoort in Zandvoort, Netherlands. The qualifying session begins at 6:30PM IST. Stay tuned for all the pre-session buildup!

When and where to watch the 2022 Formula One Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying session?
The 2022 Formula One Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying session will be telecast live on the Star Sports network and streamed live on Disney+Hotstar from 6:30PM IST on Saturday.
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