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ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 03, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. Credit: Bryn Lennon (Getty Images)/Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen sent his adoring Dutch fans wild as he took pole position on the sand dunes of Zandvoort ahead of his home race tomorrow.

As Q1 came to a close there was a high amount of track evolution, with Carlos Sainz being told of at least a gain of one second being available.

There were two big names out of the first qualifying session, with Sergio Perez failing to get his Red Bull higher than 16th and Sebastian Vettel only managing 17th.

Robert Kubica steps in to replace Kimi Raikkonen who tested positive for Covid-19 and will start the Dutch GP 18th, ahead of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.

It looks like there could be a penalty heading Mazepin’s way after the Russian blocked Vettel in the final moments of Q1.

In Q2 there was a brief red flag after George Russell found himself in the barriers, fortunately for the Williams driver he was able to get back to the pits and continue the session.

There was then another red flag almost straight after the session got underway, Nicholas Latifi was the driver in the barriers with a much heavier crash compared to his teammate.

With just a short amount of time left in Q2, the session did not resume, meaning the drivers could not get a final run in.

This left Russell in 11th and out of qualifying ahead of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll in 12th.

Another big name had an early end to qualifying, this time being Lando Norris who finished 13th and no doubt had his session scuppered by the two red flags.

Latifi’s mechanics will have to work hard to fix his car after the impact of the Canadians crash, the Williams driver ended 14th ahead of Yuki Tsunoda.

In Q3 there was no stopping the flying Dutchman, a 1m08.885s lap from Verstappen put him first ahead of Hamilton who will start alongside his championship rival in second.

Valtteri Bottas will begin the Dutch GP in third, with Pierre Gasly putting in a brilliant qualifying performance to end fourth.

Ferrari lock out the third row on the grid with Charles Leclerc fifth and Carlos Sainz in sixth.

Antonio Giovinazzi had his best ever F1 qualifying to finish seventh, Ocon got the better of his teammate Fernando Alonso and the Alpine pair line up eighth and ninth on the grid.

Daniel Ricciardo could only manage 10th in what turned out to be a tough qualifying session for the McLaren team.

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