The reigning world champion is well on the way to clinching his second home win in a row. The Red Bull driver clinched a Formula 1 pole position for the 17th time. Verstappen celebrated a triumphant victory in Zandvoort last year when Formula 1 returned to the Netherlands after 36 years. The Red Bull star is currently going into the 15th World Championship race with a lavish 93-point lead over his team-mate Sergio Perez.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Verstappen, who still had problems in training on Friday. “Especially after yesterday it was difficult. Today we turned that around together as a team. It was damn tight, but we made some changes to the car. Yesterday after the problem it was stressful, we almost didn’t finish on time.” Verstappen could only smile at the sight of his supporters, but one of them caused a short interruption after the first session by throwing an orange flare onto the track.
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Verstappen races to home pole in Zandvoort.
Leclerc was close to pole but ultimately had to settle for second place. “Our car has gotten better and better, but Max was faster on the used tires,” said the Monegasque. “The pace looks good, we can keep up with Red Bull, but we need a good start,” Leclerc said with regard to Sunday.