Event: Dutch Grand Prix
Track: Zandvoort circuit

Warm-up lap starts at: 15:00 Local | 15:00 CET | 14:00 UK | 06:00 LA | 22:00 Tokio

In a heart-pounding qualifying session at the iconic Zandvoort circuit, Max Verstappen clinched his 29th F1 pole position of his career. The Dutch sensation reaffirmed his dominance on home soil, securing the prime starting position for the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix. Verstappen's Red Bull will lead the pack for the third consecutive race in Zandvoort, marking his team's 92nd pole, a true testament to Red Bull Racing's prowess.

The qualifying session was nothing short of a roller-coaster ride, presenting unexpected challenges and stirring performances. As the Q1 segment unfolded, rain and greasy track conditions added an extra layer of complexity, leading to dramatic moments for both established and emerging drivers. The inclement weather put skills to the test, resulting in some surprising eliminations and unexpected heroes.

Verstappen's ascendancy was evident throughout the session, but McLaren's resurgence couldn't be ignored. Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri showcased remarkable prowess, hinting at an intense battle in the race. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc faced his share of challenges, narrowly securing a spot in Q2 after multiple off-track excursions.

The drama intensified in Q2, with teams grappling with tire choices as unpredictable weather loomed. As Verstappen continued to set the pace, a reshuffled grid seemed imminent. The cut-throat competition ultimately saw the elimination of notable names like Hamilton, Gasly, and Hulkenberg, setting the stage for a thrilling Q3 showdown.

And what a Q3 it was! The session witnessed a rollercoaster of emotions as drivers navigated a rapidly drying track. Dramatic red-flag interruptions caused by crashes involving Callum Ilott and Charles Leclerc further upended strategies and shuffled the grid. Ultimately, it was Verstappen's blazing lap that secured him the pole position by a substantial margin, much to the delight of the roaring home crowd.

As the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix looms on the horizon, anticipation hangs in the air. With Verstappen at the helm and contenders like Norris, Russell, and Albon hot on his heels, Sunday's race promises to be a nail-biting spectacle. The revamped Zandvoort circuit is all set to witness a resurgence of racing action, and fans around the world are in for a treat as the drivers vie for supremacy on this historic track.

F1 Starting Grid 2023 Dutch GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time Pole gap
1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:10,567
2 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:11,104 +0,537s
3 63 George Russell Mercedes 1:11,294 +0,727s
4 23 Alex Albon Williams 1:11,419 +0,852s
5 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:11,506 +0,939s
6 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:11,754 +1,187s
7 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:11,880 +1,313s
8 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:11,938 +1,371s
9 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:12,665 +2,098s
10 2 Logan Sargeant Williams 1:16,748 +6,181s
11 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:20,121 +9,554s
12 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine 1:20,128 +9,561s
13 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20,151 +9,584s
14 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas 1:20,250 +9,683s
15 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:22,067 +11,500s
16 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:22,110 +11,543s
17 22 *Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:20,230 +9,663s
18 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:22,192 +11,625s
19 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:22,260 +11,693s
20 40 Liam Lawson AlphaTauri 1:23,420 +12,853s

Notes: Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri #22 received a 5 place grid penalty for impeding another driver

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Possible Race Strategy 2023 Dutch F1 GP

Mario Isola - Pirelli Head of Motorsport

"Qualifying delivered a thrilling spectacle, a familiar outcome when track conditions undergo rapid transformations. Max Verstappen once again showcased his prowess, yet the standout feature was the remarkable diversity within the top six positions. This serves as a testament to the robust state of Formula 1, notwithstanding the singular dominance exhibited by a particular driver and team. The impending race offers a dual narrative. On one hand, Max Verstappen naturally assumes the role of the frontrunner. On the other hand, the remaining podium contenders remain elusive, shrouded in unpredictability.

Strategically, the landscape presents an array of choices. The decision pertains to pit stops, oscillating between a solitary instance or a bifurcated approach. Moreover, the selection of tire compounds adds another layer of complexity. This intricate tapestry stems from several factors. Notably, the Hard tire, denoted as C1, has undergone refinements this season. Displaying minimal degradation, it concurrently augments traction compared to its forerunner. Climate conditions come into play as well, with cooler temperatures accommodating employment of Medium and Soft compounds. Additionally, the wide spectrum of available tire types contributes to the strategic melange.

The cadence of pit stops could diverge further, contingent on car characteristics and the elected aerodynamic downforce levels. Those inclined towards optimizing track position are inclined towards a singular pit stop, orchestrating a fusion of C2 and C1 tires. Conversely, proponents of overtaking proficiency are poised for a twin pit stop strategy, favoring the interplay between Medium and Soft tires. The enigma of weather compounds the equation, although forecasts point towards drier conditions than today's.

Collectively, this amalgamation of variables foreshadows a riveting race on the morrow."

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3 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Starting Grid 2023 Dutch Grand Prix

    • ReallyOldRacer

      RUS and ALB will fade & the red team will screw over SAI so 4th for PER is reasonable. The wild card is the weather. The only thing these guys should be doing is practicing waving at VER as he drives off into the record books.


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