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Entertainment F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen targets win in home race as Lewis Hamilton starts fourth at Dutch Grand Prix

11:30  05 september  2022
11:30  05 september  2022 Source:   msn.com

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LIVE – Updated at 16:08

Max Verstappen delivered the goods in front of 105,000 orange-clad fans by putting his Red Bull on pole position for the Dutch Grand Prix. Verstappen’s preparations for qualifying were dealt a blow when he missed a large chunk of practice on Friday following a gearbox failure.

But the world champion came up with a lap when it mattered most to see off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by just 0.021 seconds and claim the 17th pole of his career on his seemingly unstoppable march towards the championship.

Carlos Sainz took third, one place ahead of Lewis Hamilton, while Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, who spun in the closing stages, finished fifth. George Russell was sixth. Verstappen headed into qualifying having failed to top any of the three practice sessions in Zandvoort, the coastal town 25 miles west of Amsterdam.

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But the championship leader, 93 points clear of Perez and 98 points ahead of Leclerc in the standings, took pole with his final throw of the dice to the delight of his home crowd. Hamilton’s Mercedes team are in much better shape than a week ago in Belgium with the short, twisty Zandvoort track better suited to their machinery.

The race starts at 2pm (BST).

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Dutch Grand Prix LIVE: Latest updates

  • Race starts at 2pm (BST) at Zandvoort
  • Max Verstappen beat Charles Leclerc to pole in qualifying
  • Verstappen 1st; Leclerc 2nd; Sainz 3rd; Hamilton 4th; Perez 5th; Russell 6th

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Toto Wolff...

16:08 , Kieran Jackson

“We are the trash bin for the driver, every emotion comes out. We discussed in the morning we’ll take a risk for the race win. Holding position was the right thing to do. I’d rather take the risk.

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“We would have had both on the old tyre. The Red Bull has so much straight line speed, on the same tyre we were not winning.

“There’s so much more positives to take. Second and fourth is annoying but we had a good race car. You have to take risks where you are. Tsunoda breaking down... speechless.

“Sometimes it works for you, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s motor racing, the decisions from race control were spot on. Here was a good track for us. We’re going to try the maximum. If we finish second it’s good motivation for the team but my eyes are on next year.”

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc...

15:51 , Kieran Jackson

“We were a bit unlucky with the VSC. Lewis was struggling at the end and I managed to overtake him. It wasn’t easy but we made it stick.

“The gap is really big. We’ll take it race by race, maximise our potential...”

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: George Russell...

15:50 , Kieran Jackson

“As a team today we showed incredible pace. This gives us a lot of confidence going forward. We’re slowly getting towards that top step!”

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F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Max Verstappen...

15:49 , Kieran Jackson

“It was not a straightforward race, we had to push and make the right calls. Once we got back to the soft tyres...

“I had a good run on the restart, we timed it really well out of the banking and we got ahead. Incredible to win again.

“It’s always special to win your home Grand Prix, an incredible weekend. Unbelievable weekend, proud to be Dutch!”

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Final standings!

15:42 , Kieran Jackson

1. Max Verstappen

2. George Russell

3. Charles Leclerc

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Sergio Perez

6. Fernando Alonso

7. Lando Norris

8. Carlos Sainz

9. Esteban Ocon

10. Lance Stroll

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F1 Dutch Grand Prix: MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX!

15:41 , Kieran Jackson

To the acclaim of an adoring home crowd, Max Verstappen wins his home race once again and extends his lead in the World Championship!

George Russell comes home second, with Charles Leclerc third.

Hamilton fourth; Sainz is relegated down to eighth after that penalty!

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 72/72 - Verstappen, Russell, Leclerc

15:39 , Kieran Jackson

Final lap and Max Verstappen is safely out in front of George Russell - the gap is over four seconds!

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Leclerc is 1.2 seconds ahead of a fuming Hamilton, while Sainz’s five-second penalty could see him tumble out the points!

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 70/72 - Verstappen, Russell, Leclerc

15:38 , Kieran Jackson

Big news for Carlos Sainz - he’s been given a five-second time penalty for that unsafe release! Currently running in fifth, that’ll put him outside the top-10! It’s been a torrid afternoon for the Ferrari man!

Sergio Perez then goes slightly onto the gravel trying to overtake Sainz, but he technically doesn’t need to!

Three laps to go...

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 66/72 - Verstappen, Russell, Leclerc

15:33 , Kieran Jackson

Hamilton isn’t even going to finish on the podium - Leclerc has superior pace on soft tyres and overtakes the Mercedes down the main straight! The Ferrari up to third...

What a horrendous few laps for Hamilton - he’ll be raging inside that Mercedes cockpit.

4-10: Hamilton, Sainz, Perez, Alonso, Norris, Ocon, Stroll

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 64/72 - Verstappen, Russell, Hamilton

15:32 , Kieran Jackson

Russell overtakes Hamilton down the main straight - but almost runs into the back of his Mercedes team-mate!

Russell much quicker on softs - and he’ll now target Verstappen. Hamilton, meanwhile, furious with his own team for pitting Russell and making the overtake after the safety car period much easier for Verstappen! Gap between Verstappen and Russell is three seconds.

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Hamilton really struggling on mediums now, with Charles Leclerc in fourth right on his tail...

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 61/72 - Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell

15:26 , Kieran Jackson

Max Verstappen surges past Hamilton straight away down the main straight - he got a terrific tow!

Nightmare for Hamilton - gap is already a second behind!

The Dutch crowd go wild at Zandvoort!

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F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 60/72 - Hamilton, Verstappen, Russell

15:24 , Kieran Jackson

Safety car in this lap. Obviously, Russell now not in between Verstappen and Hamilton - but could he overtake Verstappen?

It’s like Abu Dhabi again out in front...

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 60/72 - Hamilton, Verstappen, Russell

15:23 , Kieran Jackson

Perez pits as well, as does Leclerc.

Different race now again! Safety car comes through pit lane - and Russell pits for softs too! He’s now behind Verstappen...

Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari might be investigated for an unsafe release too - Estebaan Ocon almost went into him!

So, Hamilton is on mediums out in front - Verstappen, Russell and Leclerc are on softs. Sergio Perez is in fifth on mediums - rest of the pack on softs.

1-10: Hamilton, Verstappen, Russell, Leclerc, Perez, Sainz, Alonso, Norris, Ocon, Stroll

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 56/72 - Hamilton, Russell, Verstappen

15:17 , Kieran Jackson

More drama - Valtteri Bottas has now stopped on the side of the track down the main striaght!

Sainz overtakes Ocon around turn one - but did it under yellows! He could be in trouble for that...

It’s a safety car! Verstappen is going into the pits, for softs! Hamilton takes the lead of the race... and Russell gets ahead of Verstappen too!

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F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 53/72 - Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell

15:13 , Kieran Jackson

The incident involving Tsuonda will be investigated by the FIA after the race. Very bizarre, given he felt a problem, pitted, and then stopped out on track...

Hamilton bemoans the VSC, saying it’s “stuffed us.” He has narrowed the gap down to 12.3 seconds over the last few laps. He’ll have to make the overtake on Verstappen now though, when it should have been the other way round!

He’s still right in this race though..

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 50/72 - Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell

15:09 , Kieran Jackson

VSC ends. A gift for Verstappen, though he’s on hard tyres with Hamilton 16 seconds down the road on mediums - can Hamilton catch his 2021 nemesis over the course of the next 22 laps?

4-10: Leclerc, Perez, Ocon, Sainz, Norris, Alonso, Stroll

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 49/72 - Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell

15:07 , Kieran Jackson

It is a problem - Tsunoda now complaining of something wrong with the rear, and he does stop just off the track by turn four!

It’s a virtual safety car! Verstappen pits for the hard tyres - and Lewis Hamilton pits as well, double stack from Mercedes with Russell too!

What an advantage for Red Bull and Verstappen. Yet Hamilton has a medium tyre, so should be quicker than Verstappen. Gap is 13 seconds though...

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F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 47/72 - Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell

15:03 , Kieran Jackson

Leclerc now pits - hard tyres for him until the end of the race.

The Ferrari comes out in fourth, behind the Mercedes of George Russell.

When will Verstappen come into the pits?

Meanwhile with Tsunoda, there’s a long pit stop and they’re working on something in the cockpit... not entirely sure what’s going on...,

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 45/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Hamilton

15:01 , Kieran Jackson

Drama - Yuki Tsunoda has stopped by the side of the track, complaining that his tyres are not fitted properly!

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Yellow flag in sector 1, no sign of a safety car yet. But Tsunoda’s engineer say his tyres are fitted and he gets his car going again!

Relief for Hamilton and Mercedes. That could have worked right in Verstappen’s favour...

As you were.

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 42/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Hamilton

14:57 , Kieran Jackson

Sergio Perez now pits and switches to the hard compound tyres - he’s down to seventh, with Fernando Alonso on his tail.

Meanwhile, Vettel is under investigation for ignoring blue flags as he came out of the pit lane with Hamilton and Perez battling for third place...

Hamilton is closing in on Leclerc - gap is now six seconds.

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 40/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Hamilton

14:54 , Kieran Jackson

George Russell now overtakes Sergio Perez, comfortably, down the main straight around the outside...

Mercedes now occupy third and fourth - and don’t have to stop again!

Verstappen’s gap to Leclerc: 10 seconds. Red Bull seem unsure when to make their next move...

4-10: Russell, Perez, Sainz, Norris, Alonso, Ocon, Tsunoda

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 38/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Hamilton

14:51 , Kieran Jackson

Hamilton gets the move done on the next lap around the outside of turn one!

Awkward moment straight away for Hamilton though, with Vettel coming out of the pit lane holding up both cars - but eventually they squeeze through.

Hamilton up to third!

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 37/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Perez

14:50 , Kieran Jackson

Hamilton goes for the move down the main straight - Perez locks up around turn one but still holds position as he comes over to cover off the Mercedes!

Hamilton is still right on the tail of the Mexican. Yet to pass him though...

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 36/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Perez

14:49 , Kieran Jackson

Hamilton sets a new fastest lap of the race and is clossing in on Sergio Perez in third - the gap is now 1.1 seconds. Can the Red Bull hold up the Mercedes in a manner similar to Abu Dhabi last year?!

At the front, Verstappen’s lead to Leclerc is 8.1 seconds but the Red Bulls and Ferraris will almost certainly have to pit again...

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 32/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Perez

14:46 , Kieran Jackson

George Russell now pits and comes out ahead of Carlos Sainz and is in fifth - that slow pit stop has really cost the Ferrari man!

Hamilton is up to fourth - but he’s looking good on the hard tyres early on and does NOT have to stop again! Could it be working out beautifully for the seven-time world champion?

The gap from Verstappen to Hamilton is 19 seconds - but the Red Bull has to pit again!

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F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 30/72 - Verstappen, Russell, Leclerc

14:43 , Kieran Jackson

Lewis Hamilton pits - the Mercedes has the hard tyre on and he will look to go with these until the end of the race! He’s now in fifth.

Max Verstappen retakes the lead of the Dutch Grand Prix - but will Mercedes have the pace and tyres to keep in touch towards the end of the race?

Russell is 3.9 seconds behind Verstappen, with Leclerc four seconds further back.

4-10: Perez, Hamilton, Sianz, Norris, Stroll, Alonso, Ocon

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 28/72 - Hamilton, Verstappen, Russell

14:39 , Kieran Jackson

Verstappen surges past Russell around the outside of turn one, with the Mercedes covering the inside slightly early!

Roars from the grandstand - their man is now up to second place and is chasing down Lewis Hamilton! The gap is 2.5 seconds.

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 25/72 - Hamilton, Russell, Verstappen

14:38 , Kieran Jackson

Verstappen now clawing in on Russell, 1.7 seconds is the gap - can the Mercedes hold up the Red Bull to help his team-mate out in front?

Looks like the Silver Arrows are going for just a one-stop strategy... this *could* work out very well for Mercedes here!

Verstappen has just set a fastest lap however...

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 21/72 - Hamilton, Russell, Verstappen

14:31 , Kieran Jackson

Hamilton remains in the lead, 3.3 seconds ahead of Russell, with Verstappepn four seconds further back having pitted.

4-10: Leclerc, Perez, Sainz, Albon, Norris, Stroll, Alonso.

Lando Norris is the highest runner on hard tyres - could he do 50+ laps on this compound until the end of the race?!

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 18/72 - Hamilton, Russell, Verstappen

14:28 , Kieran Jackson

Max Verstappen now pits just a lap after Leclerc. Not the quickest, 3.4 seconds, but he’s still ahead of Charles Leclerc and is now in third.

Mediums for Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton now leads the race, but is yet to come in. Same story for George Russell in second too...

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 18/72 - Verstappen, Hamilton, Russell

14:26 , Kieran Jackson

Charles Leclerc pits as he complains about his tyres - a much smoother stop, 2.5 seconds!

Verstappen now 11 seconds in front of second-place Hamilton.

Lando Norris also in and he comes out in ninth place, just behind Carlos Sainz, on the hard tyres.

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 15/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Hamilton

14:23 , Kieran Jackson

Carlos Sainz pits for Ferrari with Hamilton on his tail - but it’s a horror stop from the Scuderia!

They didn’t look ready, and his stop was 12 seconds! Sergio Perez also pitted and then went over a Ferrari wheel gun!

“Oh my god!” says Sainz into his team radio. Another nightmare for Ferrari! He’s lost some serious time there...

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 12/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz

14:19 , Kieran Jackson

It’s looking like those on the mediums might have an advantage here, with the soft runners reporting high degradation around Zandvoort.

Vettel, Ricciardo and Gasly are the first ones to pit - quite early even in a two-stop race.

Verstappen’s lead from Leclerc is now 2.2 seconds, while Hamilton is still in DRS range but can’t get any closer than half-a-second....

F1 Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 9/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz

14:16 , Kieran Jackson

Verstappen’s engineer tells the Red Bull man that he is expecting Ferrari to push hard in two laps time, but he’s extended his margin to Charles Leclerc to 1.6 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton is still within DRS range but is struggling to open the door for a move, tricky on the medium tyres. For context amongst the top lot, Sainz is five seconds behind his team-mate so a bit of a gap opening up after the top-two.

Meanwhile towards the bottom, Fernando Alonso makes the overtake down the main straight with DRS, gets past Pierre Gasly, and is up to 12th.

F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 6/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz

14:12 , Kieran Jackson

Lewis Hamilton is gaining on Carlos Sainz in third - he’s within DRS range which is surprising on medium tyres! The home straight overtake could be on soon...

Verstappen is 1.1 seconds ahead of Leclerc, with the Ferrari man setting a new fastest lap of the race so he’s keeping touch with the Red Bull!

Perez is 1.6 seconds behind Hamilton in fifth while Russell is 1.6 seconds further back...

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F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Lap 3/72 - Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz

14:08 , Kieran Jackson

Kevin Magnussen has dropped down to last after going on the gravel around turn one - but he manages to keep his Haas out of the barriers and keeps it JUST on the track!

He’s dropped down to last. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen has beyond a second from Leclerc in second so is out of DRS range for now.

George Russell has zoomed past Lando Norris in his superior Mercedes and is back up to sixth. Tough on Lando after a great start...

F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Lights out!

14:05 , Kieran Jackson

It’s lights out and Verstappen comes over to hold off Leclerc into turn one, with Hamilton and Sainz just touching going around the corner - but both hold position!

Lando Norris has surged past George Russell and is up into sixth place! Other than that, it’s as you were at the top it seems...

Further down, Lance Stroll is up to eighth from 10th while Esteban Ocon is up to ninth!

F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Formation lap!

14:00 , Kieran Jackson

We’re smoothly underway with the formation lap around Circuit Zandvoort, the third-shortest track on this year’s calendar!

Can Max Verstappen hold off Charles Leclerc going into turn one - or can Ferrari get a head-start on the World Championship leader? Verstappen, Leclerc and Sainz all start on soft tyres, while Hamilton is on medium tyres.

It’s a little overcast in the Netherlands, quite cool - no indication of rain however.

F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: 2 minutes until lights out!

13:58 , Kieran Jackson

We’re about to get underway at Zandvoort - the drivers and cars are ready in front of more than 100,000 orange-clad spectators on the North Sea coast!

Max Verstappen is on pole with Charles Leclerc alongside him on the front row - the Red Bull man leads the Ferrari star by 98 points in the World Championship!

Elsewhere on the grid, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in their Mercedes cars line up fourth and sixth respectively, seperated by Sergio Perez.

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F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: A reminder of today’s starting grid!

13:55 , Kieran Jackson

Max Verstappen is on pole for his home race followed by the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in fourth - here’s the grid in full:

1. Max Verstappen

2. Charles Leclerc

3. Carlos Sainz

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Sergio Perez

6. George Russell

7. Lando Norris

8. Mick Schumacher

9. Yuki Tsuonda

10. Lance Stroll

11. Pierre Gasly

12. Esteban Ocon

13. Fernando Alonso

14. Guanyu Zhou

15. Alex Albon

16. Valtteri Bottas

17. Daniel Ricciardo

18. Kevin Magnussen

19. Sebastian Vettel

20. Nicholas Latifi

F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Current driver standings

13:50 , Kieran Jackson

Max Verstappen has a 93-point lead from Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, with Charles Leclerc 98 points behind the Dutchman. Here are the driver standings in full:

1. Max Verstappen - 284 points

2. Sergio Perez - 191 points

3. Charles Leclerc - 186 points

4. Carlos Sainz - 171 points

5. George Russell - 170 points

6. Lewis Hamilton - 146 points

7. Lando Norris - 76 points

8. Esteban Ocon - 64 points

9. Fernando Alonso - 51 points

10. Valtteri Bottas - 46 points

11. Kevin Magnussen - 22 points

12. Sebastian Vettel - 20 points

13. Daniel Ricciardo -19 points

14. Pierre Gasly - 18 points

15. Mick Schumacher - 12 points

16. Yuki Tsunoda - 11 points

17. Guanyu Zhou - 5 points

18. Alex Albon - 4 points

19. Lance Stroll - 4 points

20. Nicholas Latifi - 0 points

21. Nico Hulkenberg - 0 points

F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: National anthem!

13:47 , Kieran Jackson

It’s an absolutely terrific atmosphere at Zandvoort - with a DJ banging out songs and now a fever-pitch rendition of the Dutch national anthem!

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F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Christian Horner...

13:33 , Kieran Jackson

“There’s several aspects which are crucial. The start, get away cleanly, and then strategy - is it a one stop or a two stop?

“It’s a tricky little circuit to overtake at, Max did a hell of a job with pole but we need to convert that today and Checo needs to make a little bit of progress.

“That pole position yesterday was one of his best. The most important thing is to stick to the process so the build-up to this is the same to any other race.”

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F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Drivers Parade!

13:26 , Kieran Jackson

The Drivers Parade was in full swing earlier in front of a boisterous orange-clad crowd at Circuit Zandvoort.

No surprise that all eyes were on home hero Max Verstappen who is looking for a second triumph at his home race following its return to the calendar in 2021!

He starts on pole this afternoon with Charles Leclerc in second, Carlos Sainz third and Lewis Hamilton fourth.

F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Race odds!

13:19 , Kieran Jackson

Max Verstappen is the odds-on favourite to win this afternoon in Zandvoort at his home race - which is exactly what happened last year as he strolled to victory in the Netherlands.

Dutch GP winner odds:

Max Verstappen: 3/5

Charles Leclerc: 9/2

Lewis Hamilton: 17/2

Carlos Sainz Jr: 17/1

Odds provided by SBK

F1 - Dutch Grand Prix: Current driver standings

13:09 , Kieran Jackson

Max Verstappen has a 93-point lead from Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, with Charles Leclerc 98 points behind the Dutchman. Here are the driver standings in full:

1. Max Verstappen - 284 points

2. Sergio Perez - 191 points

3. Charles Leclerc - 186 points

4. Carlos Sainz - 171 points

5. George Russell - 170 points

6. Lewis Hamilton - 146 points

7. Lando Norris - 76 points

8. Esteban Ocon - 64 points

9. Fernando Alonso - 51 points

10. Valtteri Bottas - 46 points

11. Kevin Magnussen - 22 points

12. Sebastian Vettel - 20 points

13. Daniel Ricciardo -19 points

14. Pierre Gasly - 18 points

15. Mick Schumacher - 12 points

16. Yuki Tsunoda - 11 points

17. Guanyu Zhou - 5 points

18. Alex Albon - 4 points

19. Lance Stroll - 4 points

20. Nicholas Latifi - 0 points

21. Nico Hulkenberg - 0 points

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Dutch Grand Prix: A reminder of today’s starting grid!

12:51 , Kieran Jackson

Max Verstappen is on pole for his home race followed by the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in fourth - here’s the grid in full:

1. Max Verstappen

2. Charles Leclerc

3. Carlos Sainz

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Sergio Perez

6. George Russell

7. Lando Norris

8. Mick Schumacher

9. Yuki Tsuonda

10. Lance Stroll

11. Pierre Gasly

12. Esteban Ocon

13. Fernando Alonso

14. Guanyu Zhou

15. Alex Albon

16. Valtteri Bottas

17. Daniel Ricciardo

18. Kevin Magnussen

19. Sebastian Vettel

20. Nicholas Latifi

Dutch Grand Prix: Michael Schumacher - Former Ferrari boss reveals latest on F1 legend’s condition after regular visits

12:38 , Kieran Jackson

Michael Schumacher is in “the best of hands” as he continus to recover from his horrific skiing accident, says ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt - who revealed he has seen the German three times a week on some occasions. The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has not been seen publicly since suffering a near-fatal brain injury while skiing in December 2013 in Meribel, France.

His wife Corinna has insisted on protecting Schumacher’s privacy in the eight-and-a-half years since, with his medical condition shrouded in secrecy as he continues to recover at home in Switzerland.

Todt, who has a close relationship with the Schumacher family, was asked this week about the Ferrari legend and thanked his fans for their continued support, adding that the 53-year-old is “surrounded by people who love him.”

“I’m happy that the fans, not only in Germany, think of him so much,” Todt told German outlet Bild. “People ask so much about Michael. The fans should know that he is in the best of hands. In the best situation he can be and surrounded by people who love him.”

“As long as I am in this world, I will always visit him. Sometimes we see each other three times a week, sometimes not for a whole month. They are my friends and we are in constant contact. Whatever I can do for the Schumacher family, I’ll do it.”

Todt is a close friend of Schumacher’s since their time working together during a successful era at Ferrari, when the German won five of his seven world titles from 2000-2004.

The 76-year-old motorsport executive said as recently as July that he still watches F1 races with Schumacher - whose son Mick is in his second season in Formula 1 with Haas - despite the German’s unknown medical state.

Dutch Grand Prix: Lando Norris says Max Verstappen is ‘unstoppable’ and could break Lewis Hamilton’s F1 records

12:25 , Kieran Jackson

Lando Norris has warned Lewis Hamilton that an “unstoppable” Max Verstappen is coming for the British driver’s records. Verstappen heads into his home race at Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort with a commanding 93-point title lead as he closes in on his second championship triumph in as many years.

The Dutch driver’s victory last time out in Belgium took him to 29 career victories, just three short of Fernando Alonso, placing him eighth on the all-time list. Hamilton holds the record of most wins (103) and, alongside Michael Schumacher, has been crowned champion of the world on seven occasions.

But Norris believes Verstappen, in his dominant Red Bull machine, could reach 70 wins within two seasons, leaving just Hamilton and Schumacher (91) ahead of a driver who has not yet celebrated his 25th birthday.

“If Max has two seasons like this, he can get another 30 to 40 wins in the next year-and-a-half to two years, and then he is up to 70 already, so he could quite possibly (beat Hamilton’s records),” said Norris.

“I don’t think he cares too much about numbers, or what you see on paper, he just wants to be known as the best driver. But if it gets to a point where it is close he will absolutely stay in Formula One as long as he needs to to get to that point.”

Dutch Grand Prix: Russell believes podium is possible

11:55 , Jamie Braidwood

George Russell believes he can fight his way onto the podium despite starting sixth at the Dutch Grand Prix today. The Mercedes driver said after qualifying: “It didn’t quite work for us but P6 isn’t a terrible place to start and the run into Turn 1 and those first few laps will be vital.

“I see no reason why we can’t fight for a podium. I hope the sun comes out and combined with the orange fog, creates a bit of temperature in the atmosphere tomorrow. We understand why we were slow in Spa and why we are faster this weekend, so I think these two races have been key to our understanding of how to make a faster car across 23 races.”

Dutch Grand Prix: Leclerc and Sainz hope to take down Verstappen

11:35 , Jamie Braidwood

Charles Leclerc: “I’m confident for tomorrow, though it’s a track on which it is rather difficult to overtake, so I hope it will be as close as today and that we can have a good battle with Max.”

Carlos Sainz: “We knew we were up for a good battle and it proved to be one of the closest qualifyings of the year. Finishing P3 within less than a tenth from pole shows how small the margin was today.

“I expect a close race with even more cars in the mix, but I’m confident we can fight for the top places. Overtaking may be a bit easier than last year and strategy will play a big role.”

Dutch Grand Prix: Hamilton hopes for ‘battle’ with Red Bull and Ferrari

11:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Lewis Hamilton was hoping for a battle with Red Bull and Ferrari at the Dutch Grand Prix after qualifying in fourth. Hamilton will start behind Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, with Max Verstappen on pole, but ahead of Sergio Perez and team-mate George Russell, as Mercedes look for an improvement in performance.

“I generally feel good,” Hamilton said. “I’m really happy that the car has finally felt alive this weekend. And… only being a tenth behind a Red Bull was a great feeling and really gave me a lot of hope that I could fight for the front row, but then obviously the yellow flag at the end was a bit unfortunate, but that’s motor racing.

“We’ve closed the gap somehow on [a single] lap. I can’t really understand why but anyways. But I am hoping that that means we are closer and even closer in the race and if we are that would be fantastic. If we can fight these guys and have a battle with these three ahead of me, that would be an amazing experience.”

Dutch Grand Prix: ‘Don’t be stupid’ - Verstappen tells fans

10:55 , Jamie Braidwood

Max Verstappen told fans it was stupid to throw flares after one landed on the track and halted qualifying for his home Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort on Saturday.

Verstappen is running away with the championship, already 93 points clear at the top after 14 of 22 rounds, and the race is sold out for the Red Bull driver’s first home grand prix as champion.

The boisterous Dutch fans usually create a party atmosphere at the seaside circuit, but their habit of lighting smoking orange flares has caused problems.

“To hold flares, it’s nice but of course there’s a limit to how much. But to throw it on the track is just stupid,” Verstappen told reporters after taking pole position.

“Just don’t do that. It’s not good for anyone -- you get thrown out, so you can’t see the race, and for us the session is stopped because it is dangerous, there’s stuff on the track, so you shouldn’t do it.”

Soap opera off-track overshadows start to Dutch GP weekend as Oscar Piastri saga concludes

10:35 , Jamie Braidwood

While the weekend action began out on track in Zandvoort, Formula One’s most enthralling summer soap opera reached its conclusion with the news that Oscar Piastri has signed for McLaren.

The 2021 Formula Two champion has for the past month been in the middle of a squabbling match between McLaren and Alpine.

Kieran Jackson takes us through a saga that had more twists and turns than a race itself.

  F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen targets win in home race as Lewis Hamilton starts fourth at Dutch Grand Prix © Provided by The Independent

Soap opera off-track overshadows start to Dutch GP weekend as Piastri saga concludes

Lando Norris says Max Verstappen is ‘unstoppable’ and could break Lewis Hamilton’s F1 records

10:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Lando Norris has warned Lewis Hamilton that an “unstoppable” Max Verstappen is coming for the British driver’s records.

Verstappen heads into his home race at Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort with a commanding 93-point title lead as he closes in on his second championship triumph in as many years.

The Dutch driver’s victory last time out in Belgium took him to 29 career victories, just three short of Fernando Alonso, placing him eighth on the all-time list. Hamilton holds the record of most wins (103) and, alongside Michael Schumacher, has been crowned champion of the world on seven occasions.

But Norris believes Verstappen, in his dominant Red Bull machine, could reach 70 wins within two seasons, leaving just Hamilton and Schumacher (91) ahead of a driver who has not yet celebrated his 25th birthday.

  F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen targets win in home race as Lewis Hamilton starts fourth at Dutch Grand Prix © Provided by The Independent

Norris says Verstappen is ‘unstoppable’ and could break Hamilton’s F1 records

Toto Wolff fears ‘lethal consequences’ of throwing flares at Dutch Grand Prix

09:55 , Jamie Braidwood

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff fears a Formula One driver could face “lethal consequences” if flares are thrown on to the track at Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen claimed pole position to the delight of his orange army after edging out Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by just 0.021 seconds at Zandvoort. Carlos Sainz starts third with Hamilton fourth.

But Saturday’s action was overshadowed when Formula 1’s governing FIA were forced to suspend qualifying for six minutes after an orange flare landed on the circuit just as Q2 started.

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  F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen targets win in home race as Lewis Hamilton starts fourth at Dutch Grand Prix © Provided by The Independent

Toto Wolff fears ‘lethal consequences’ of throwing flares at Dutch Grand Prix

Max Verstappen snatches pole from Charles Leclerc in Dutch GP qualifying which sums up season

09:35 , Jamie Braidwood

On the face of it, this looks like a customary Saturday at the office for runaway championship leader Max Verstappen at his home race, securing pole position at Zandvoort on a track notoriously difficult to overtake. But unlike Spa last week, this was tight. The tightest margin of the year, in fact.

Charles Leclerc, 98 points off Verstappen in the standings with eight races to go, had the advantage throughout the final qualifying session. But a few acutely minor errors on his final improved run opened the door to Verstappen and the Flying Dutchman powered through, capturing top spot by just 0.021 seconds for, perhaps surprisingly, just his fourth pole of 2022.

Qualifying report by our correspondent Kieran Jackson

  F1 LIVE: Max Verstappen targets win in home race as Lewis Hamilton starts fourth at Dutch Grand Prix © Provided by The Independent

Verstappen snatches pole from Leclerc in qualifying which sums up season

Dutch Grand Prix: What are the championship standings?

09:15 , Jamie Braidwood

Current driver standings

1. Max Verstappen - 284 points

2. Sergio Perez - 191 points

3. Charles Leclerc - 186 points

4. Carlos Sainz - 171 points

5. George Russell - 170 points

6. Lewis Hamilton - 146 points

7. Lando Norris - 76 points

8. Esteban Ocon - 64 points

9. Fernando Alonso - 51 points

10. Valtteri Bottas - 46 points

11. Kevin Magnussen - 22 points

12. Sebastian Vettel - 20 points

13. Daniel Ricciardo -19 points

14. Pierre Gasly - 18 points

15. Mick Schumacher - 12 points

16. Yuki Tsunoda - 11 points

17. Guanyu Zhou - 5 points

18. Alex Albon - 4 points

19. Lance Stroll - 4 points

20. Nicholas Latifi - 0 points

21. Nico Hulkenberg - 0 points

Dutch Grand Prix: What is the starting grid?

09:10 , Jamie Braidwood

1. Max Verstappen

2. Charles Leclerc

3. Carlos Sainz

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Sergio Perez

6. George Russell

7. Lando Norris

8. Mick Schumacher

9. Yuki Tsuonda

10. Lance Stroll

11. Pierre Gasly

12. Esteban Ocon

13. Fernando Alonso

14. Guanyu Zhou

15. Alex Albon

16. Valtteri Bottas

17. Daniel Ricciardo

18. Kevin Magnussen

19. Sebastian Vettel

20. Nicholas Latifi

What time is the Dutch Grand Prix today?

09:04 , Jamie Braidwood

The race will start at 2pm.

How can I watch it online and on TV?

The entire race schedule will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 with coverage starting at 12:30pm. Highlights will be aired of the race on Sunday on Channel 4 at 6:30pm (BST).

Good morning

09:02 , Jamie Braidwood

Hello and welcome to build-up to the Dutch Grand Prix. Max Verstappen snatched pole position for his home race from Charles Leclerc yesterday and looks set to deliver another dominant victory this afternoon to increase his lead in the championship standings.

But could we have a twist at Zandvoort, with Ferrari looking for a response and Mercedes seemingly in better shape?

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