A thrilling and extremely popular pole position for Max and a spot on the second row for Pierre were the highlights of a tense and interrupted qualifying session at Zandvoort.
In front of the expectant Orange Army, it was a frustrating start to Q1 as track evolution and traffic played a big part in an early surprise. Red Bull Racing and Sergio were caught out by the situation and he was unable to start his final lap, meaning he was eliminated in 16th place by just 0.041s, missing out even though he was less than half a second away from the top three.
Max, Pierre and Yuki all advanced safely with good laps, but Yuki would be the next Honda-powered driver to suffer misfortune due to two red flags in Q2. After the initial runs, Yuki was in 15th place after using a set of old soft tyres for his first lap. However, he wouldn’t get the chance of a second attempt as both Williams drivers crashed, the second incident coming with 1m38s remaining on the clock and ensuring the session would not be restarted.
It means Yuki and Sergio will start side-by-side on the eighth row, with a free choice of starting tyres on Sunday.
Q3 ran much more smoothly and none of the delays interrupted Max’s momentum as he went on to take a crucial pole position in front of his home crowd. After being the first driver to go under 1m09s on his first run, he then improved again with his final lap to hold off Lewis Hamilton and secure the 10th pole position of his career and the 87th for Honda power in F1.
For Scuderia AlphaTauri, Pierre delivered a stunning performance of his own to beat the Ferraris to a spot on the second row, equalling the best qualifying result of his career.