Lewis Hamilton will be aiming for a podium finish at this year’s Dutch Grand Prix after he was able to secure a fourth-placed grid start in Saturday’s qualifying session at Zandvoort. Max Verstappen will lead the rest of the field at his home race after pipping the likes of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, with Ferrari narrowly missing out on claiming pole position at the end of Q3.
The Ferrari duo are likely to be tested by Hamilton over the course of today’s 72-lap race, with Mercedes looking quick in practice before their last Q3 runs were thwarted by Sergio Perez’s late crash in yet another stroke of bad luck for the Silver Arrows. The seven-time world champion, who has joined the podium celebrations at five of the last six Grands Prix, has already insisted that he is looking forward to driving a competitive car around the twists and turns of Zandvoort this afternoon.
“I am much happier coming into this weekend and having a car that can fight for the front row, and if we didn’t have the yellow flag we could have been fighting for the front row [in qualifying],” said Hamilton.
“I don’t understand how one weekend we can be so far off, and then all of a sudden we are right there. It is confusing. The car has a mood swing and you don’t know what side of bed it is going to get out of.
“But there are lots of positives to take. I am definitely optimistic, it is just difficult to overtake here. The car was strong, and I felt like I could have gone quicker, so hopefully that translates to tomorrow.”
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