The two Frenchmen are eliminated. Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon are respectively 11th and 12th. Fernando Alonso, for Alpine, was trapped by traffic and is also eliminated (13th).
Sainz set the best time of this Q2! 1’10 »814. Finally a Ferrari manages to beat Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.
Charles Leclerc still fails to do better than Verstappen. The Monegasque, who dominated free practice, is getting closer all the same. He is 6 hundredths behind the Dutchman.
The person who threw the smoke on the track has been identified and excluded from the circuit, announces the FIA.
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Albon improved his time, but remained 10th. It will be complicated for him to climb into Q3, but the performance remains good with a Williams.
The first drivers threatened are the French: Gasly (11th) and Ocon (12th). Behind them, Zhou, Tsunoda and Schumacher would be the other drivers eliminated in Q2.
The Ferraris also used worn tyres. But the times are not good. Sainz is 7th, while Leclerc is 8th. The drivers will have to do another lap, while Max Verstappen can afford the luxury of staying in the pits.
Lewis Hamilton (2nd) comes between the two Red Bulls. The Briton is one tenth behind Max Verstappen.
Max Verstappen sets the first reference time in Q2: 1’10 »927. The Dutch driver is already under 1’11, with worn tyres… Sergio Perez (2nd) is not far behind, 3 tenths slower.
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Here we go again for Q2 after this short interruption due to a smoke bomb on the track.
The stewards take advantage of this to hunt… The pigeons! Since this morning, birds have been invading the Zandvoort track. The sitting will resume at 3:32 p.m.
Red flag! A smoke bomb was launched on the track, the session is already interrupted.
Let’s go for Q2! Will Max Verstappen set the fastest time again?
Once again, Daniel Ricciardo does not pass in Q2, while his teammate Lando Norris is positioned much higher. Another significant gap between teammates: Frenchman Pierre Gasly set the 11th time, against the 3rd time set by Yuki Tsunoda.
Here are the first 5 drivers eliminated after Q1: Bottas, Magnussen, Ricciardo, Vettel, Latifi.
Ferrari is reassured. Charles Leclerc (2nd) sets a better time, despite worn tires. He is now 1/10 closer to Max Verstappen.
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5 minutes from the end of Q1, the drivers threatened are: Vettel, Ricciardo, Albon, Schumacher and Latifi.
Sergio Perez is not comfortable at Zandvoort! The Mexican uses from Q1 a second set of tires to improve his time. He was 15th, before improving to take 5th time.
The Mercedes are in place. George Russell took 2nd place from Sainz, while Lewis Hamilton was 3rd. The German team positions its two drivers 2 tenths behind the Red Bull in the lead.
Max Verstappen is on his way out. The stands are noisy as the reigning Dutch world champion approaches.
A disappointing first time for the Frenchman Pierre Gasly, who temporarily has the penultimate time with 4 tenths behind Zhou, the fastest.
Kevin Magnussen sets the first time of the session with 1’12 »680. His teammate, Mick Schumacher, is no better.
As often, the Haas are the first out. The Dutch Grand Prix track is still dirty, it should get cleaned up over the sessions and the lap times will improve from lap to lap.
The track is open, let’s go for Q1! Who will be eliminated first? The threat is great on the Afla Romeo, who are struggling in Zandvoort…
What future for Oscar Piastri? This weekend also marked the epilogue of the Piastri affair, which will indeed be a driver for McLaren in 2023. While waiting for the next season, the young Australian driver is still under contract with Alpine… The French team will consider the question of its future.
Pierre Gasly at Alpine? While Helmut Marko, CEO of Red Bull, confirmed discussions with the French team for Pierre Gasly, the principal concerned prefers not to speak on the subject for the moment.
Monegasque Charles Leclerc dominated free practice. The Ferrari driver was the fastest in the 2nd and 3rd sessions. Max Verstappen had a reliability alert from the first session, with a problem with the gearbox.
Q1 will start at 3 p.m. At the end of this first session, the 15 fastest drivers will qualify for Q2.
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