The qualifying session at the Zandvoort circuit was expected to be very close and it indeed offered a great show for the fans.
Scuderia Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz confirmed the positive impressions from Friday practice and got incredibly close to home favorite Max Verstappen in terms of lap times, as the Dutchman marginally won the battle for pole position.
Charles Leclerc will start from second on the grid on Sunday thanks to a lap time 21 thousandths slower than the Red Bull driver’s, while his Maranello team-mate Carlos Sainz also produced a great lap and will have the #1 Red Bull car straight ahead of him on the grid, after qualifying in P3, just 92 thousandths down on the best lap time of the day.
Laurent Mekies, Scuderia Ferrari Sporting Director, shares his thoughts on the Maranello team’s performance and results in the qualifying session for the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix, as reported by the Ferrari official website earlier today:
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“We can be reasonably happy with how qualifying went, but there’s also an element of regret. We’re pleased to be back fighting for pole position down to the nearest thousandths of a second with both our cars, but obviously, when you come that close to pole you would like to have actually taken it. To see Charles and Carlos come within a whisker of Verstappen, just 2 and 9 hundredths slower respectively, is a good indicator of how intense the fight was. Well done to Max for his home pole.” – the Ferrari Sporting Director said.
“One of the positive aspects of the weekend so far is that we have been able to help the drivers get more and more confident with the car with each passing session. This is down to the team at the track, including Charles and Carlos, and all those supporting us back in Maranello. I expect tomorrow’s race will be a very close battle between three teams, as even Mercedes could be in the mix and so it should be a great show for all the fans in the grandstands and those watching at home on TV. We know that, so far, Verstappen has had a very strong race pace and tomorrow we will try and put him under pressure to make life difficult for him.” – Laurent Mekies concluded.