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Leclerc reacts to "great lap" by Verstappen after losing out at Zandvoort

The Ferrari driver was 0.021 of a second slower than rival Max Verstappen, but believes Ferrari have good race pace for the Dutch GP.

Charles Leclerc says a "great lap" by Max Verstappen made him lose out on Pole Position by just 0.021 of a second in front of his rivals' home crowd. The Ferrari driver took provisional pole in the initial runs and, setting up for the second runs, aimed to extend their advantage to take pole. But a mistake through Turn 10 sent Leclerc wide and cost him time, meaning his final lap only improved by a tenth of a second. Red Bull's Verstappen produced a much tidier lap and with it took his second pole in a row at Zandvoort. "Max did a great lap in the end and our car was getting better and better through qualifying," Leclerc told media. "At the beginning I was pretty scared because Max was much, much better than us on used tyres. "But then in Q3 the car came together a bit more and I managed to do that lap which was good enough for P2."

Leclerc: Ferrari's race pace "much stronger" compared to Spa

Leclerc believes Ferrari's race pace is improved this weekend compared to the Belgium Grand Prix, highlighted by teammate Carlos Sainz also starting from third on the grid. He added: "We are much stronger here compared to last weekend so that's good to see." "For tomorrow I think our race pace looks quite strong, it's going to be close with the Red Bulls but we just need to do a great start and then we'll see."

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