Verstappen takes pole at home for the second year in a row, Stroll ends his Q3 drought and Bottas records consecutive Q1 exits for the first time in nine years. Here are the facts and statistics from qualifying at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix!
VERSTAPPEN ON POLE AT HOME
For the second year in succession, Max Verstappen took pole position for his home Grand Prix. Verstappen recorded the 17th pole position of his career, equalling Jackie Stewart for 19th in the all-time list of most pole positions.
Verstappen is the sixth driver to take back-to-back poles at the Dutch Grand Prix after Alberto Ascari (1952 & 1953), Jochen Rindt (1969 & 1970), Niki Lauda (1974 & 1975), Mario Andretti (1977 & 1978) and Rene Arnoux (1979 & 1980). He is the tenth driver to have taken multiple poles at Zandvoort.
Red Bull become the sixth team to have taken multiple pole positions at the Dutch Grand Prix.
Verstappen secured pole position by just 0.021 seconds, which is the smallest pole margin since Valtteri Bottas took pole by 0.007 seconds at the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. It’s the third smallest pole margin at the Zandvoort track.
IN THE TOP 10
With Charles Leclerc qualifying on the front row and Carlos Sainz third, this was the first time since the team’s front row lockout in 1975 that both Ferrari drivers have qualified in the top three at the Dutch Grand Prix.
Qualifying fourth, Lewis Hamilton equalled his best qualifying result of the season to date. He also qualified fourth at the Canadian and French Grands Prix.
Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are the only drivers to reach Q3 at both the 2021 and 2022 Dutch Grands Prix. Meanwhile, Ferrari and Mercedes are the only teams to get both cars into Q3 at each of the last two Zandvoort races.
Lando Norris reached Q3 for the fourth race in a row. It’s his longest Q3 streak of the season to date.
Lance Stroll reached Q3 for the second time this season. He last reached Q3 at the Miami Grand Prix. Mechanical issues prevented him from setting a lap time in the final stage of qualifying, meaning he is yet to qualify above tenth place in 2022.
OUT IN Q2
Pierre Gasly qualified in 11th place and failed to reach Q3 for the seventh race in a row. This is now the longest streak without a Q3 appearance in the Frenchman’s career.
With Lance Stroll making it into Q3, Pierre Gasly and Sebastian Vettel are now the drivers to have gone longest without a top ten qualification. The duo last reached Q3 at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Both Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon were eliminated in Q2. It marked the first time that neither Alpine driver reached Q3 since the Spanish Grand Prix.
Alex Albon was eliminated in Q2. With Nicholas Latifi out in Q1, Williams are the only team who did not qualify in the top ten at either the 2021 or 2022 Dutch Grands Prix.
OUT IN Q1
Valtteri Bottas was eliminated in Q1 for the second race in succession. It marked the first time since the 2013 Belgian and Italian Grands Prix that Bottas has recorded Q1 exits at consecutive races. This was Bottas’ 12th Q1 exit in his 194 qualifying appearances.
Daniel Ricciardo recorded his, and McLaren’s, third Q1 elimination of the 2022 season.
Kevin Magnussen equalled his worst qualifying result of the season to date. This was the second consecutive weekend at which Magnussen has qualified 18th.
Sebastian Vettel qualified on the back row for the second time in the last five races. Prior to the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, Vettel had qualified on the back row twice in his previous 117 qualifying appearances.
Vettel is the only driver to record a Q1 exit at both the 2021 and 2022 Dutch Grands Prix.
This is the first time that the Silverstone-based team have recorded at least one Q1 exit at ten races in a row since the first ten races of the 2019 season.
Nicholas Latifi qualified last for the third time in the last four races.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
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