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F1 | Dutch GP | Pole Sitter Max Verstappen hails "unbelievable" pole after "difficult" Friday

The home champion is surprised by his performance, which comes after a Friday gearbox issue that forced the team to a long night of work.

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F1 | Dutch GP | Pole Sitter Max Verstappen hails "unbelievable" pole after "difficult" Friday
Fuente imagen: Sara Habets Motorlat

Championship leader Max Verstappen takes pole position for the second year in a row at his home race. In spite of the gearbox issues that troubled his practice sessions yesterday, the Dutch driver was in astounding form today as he went fastest in both Q1 and Q3, improving Leclerc's provisional pole by only 0.021s.

Verstappen was extremely pleased with his performance, as he said in the post qualifying interview while highlighting the importance of the work provided by the team:

"Unbelievable. Especially after yesterday as well, we had a difficult day, but I think that we worked hard overnight with the whole team to turn it around, and today we had a quick race car again, but it was very close."

"We changed a lot because yesterday it was a bit rushed in FP2 to get the car together, but yeah, today the car was enjoyable to drive," he concluded.

He returned on the topic in the post-qualifying press conference, adding that at first they had focused on making up the time lost in the morning, and actually fixed the issue later after the session:

"A few things, I think, because we had to rush the car in FP2, so things were not as we expected them to be in terms of setup, and that didn't help, so that's why FP2 is also not really representative again."

"And then a few things to troubleshoot in the evening, overnight, most of the changes were made in the evening."

Verstappen, hoping to win for the second time in a row at Zandvoort, is quite confident with his race pace even if he has missed out on a lot of running time on Friday. On the other hand, this allowed him to save a soft set of tyres, which can be used for the race.

"I did a long run this morning, looking good, I'm happy with the car. With the tyres, I think we have an extra new set for tomorrow for my car, I don't know how many they have kept at Ferrari but it gives a few more options for ourselves."

Regardless of the issues marring his Friday, Verstappen is still able to enjoy the atmosphere of his home race:

"Yeah, I am enjoying it. Of course, yesterday I wasn't enjoying it much on the track, but everything besides it, it's just great to see that everyone is having fun, having a good time.

"And then of course when we are driving they root for our cars as well, so for me it's a very special weekend," he concluded.

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