After three free practice sessions, it is time for qualifying for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands. Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez did not have the best preparation, can Red Bull Racing turn the tide on Saturday? Follow all the track action in .’s live blog F1Maximum.
That Verstappen and Pérez did not have a great Friday is apparent from a few things. For example, the former stopped during the first free practice – gearbox problems as the culprit. As a result, Verstappen missed a lot of track time and that had to be made up for in the second free practice. The speed didn’t seem right. For example, Verstappen was eighth, while Pérez was not even in the top ten.
Work to be done for Red Bull
Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren, on the other hand, are in good shape at Circuit Zandvoort. Charles Leclerc set the fastest time, ahead of Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris. George Russell finished fifth, after he finished first in the first free practice and took care of a 1-2 from Mercedes with Hamilton. So there is work to be done for Red Bull to find the connection with the top and there is only one final training session for that.
Verstappen said after the second free practice that he understands the gap to the top by missing VT1. This made it impossible to drive on the soft tyre. “We had absolutely no balance on hards, so the times were not representative. The balance was also not good in the second free practice, but that is not surprising. We didn’t have enough time to improve things before the session. We’re going to look at it. We know we can do better.’
VT3: Verstappen has to concede more than one and a half tenths to Leclerc
Leclerc has the best papers for pole position in qualifying for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands. The Ferrari driver recorded a 1:11,632 and finished the third and final free practice at the top. Russell was second on behalf of Mercedes, while Verstappen was third. The difference between Leclerc and Verstappen was more than one and a half tenths. Pérez did not get further than sixth place.
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Bet on GP Netherlands
A premonition that Verstappen will do well this coming weekend? Then check the odds for the upcoming sessions. Here you will find the odds for a win by the Dutchman every weekend, and there you can also read, for example, how much money you will get back if you think Verstappen finishes a session in first place.