Max Verstappen secures third consecutive Dutch Grand Prix pole position
Posted : 26 August 2023
Max Verstappen secured pole position for the Dutch Grand Prix for the third consecutive year, edging out Lando Norris of McLaren in a dramatic and crash-interrupted qualifying session at Zandvoort. Verstappen's final one-lap shoot-out was executed impressively, giving him a 0.537-second advantage over Norris.
George Russell of Mercedes claimed third place in the session, while Lewis Hamilton, his teammate, could only secure the 13th position. A notable highlight was Alex Albon's impressive performance, securing fourth place for Williams.
The qualifying session was marked by two red-flag interruptions due to crashes. Williams' Logan Sargeant crashed at Turn Two, impacting his top 10 debut, followed by Charles Leclerc's crash at Turn Nine in his Ferrari.
Fernando Alonso finished fifth for Aston Martin, while Carlos Sainz of Ferrari took sixth place in the closing moments ahead of Sergio Perez of Red Bull and McLaren's Oscar Piastri. Yuki Tsunoda of Alpha Tauri received a three-place grid penalty for impeding Hamilton, shifting him from P14 to 17th place on the starting grid.
Verstappen navigated challenging conditions, starting with wet conditions on intermediate tires and transitioning to dry tires towards the end of the session. He expressed satisfaction with his final lap, highlighting the pressure to perform.
Lando Norris acknowledged his P2 position as a good result, expressing hope for a mistake from Verstappen but ultimately recognizing the Dutch driver's skill. Norris's lap was strong in the first sector but weakened in the second.
Max Verstappen's home race success continued as he secured pole position for the Dutch Grand Prix for the third consecutive year, triumphing over challenging conditions and competitors like Lando Norris and George Russell.