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McLaren challenged to pick up Red Bull pieces

Norris will start the Dutch Grand Prix alongside Verstappen on the front row

Norris Zandvoort
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McLaren CEO Zak Brown has challenged his team to pounce on any potential Red Bull mistakes and claim a race win at the Dutch Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen will start the race from pole position for the third consecutive time at his home race after a scintillating qualifying performance saw him outqualify Lando Norris by over half a second, with the Briton clinching his second front-row start of the season.

A victory for Verstappen at Zandvoort will earn him a record-equalling nine victories in a row and further extend his 125-point margin over teammate Sergio Perez, with rivals predicting the Milton Keynes-based outfit will wins in each race this term.

On what is possible for McLaren against the Dutchman, Brown told F1TV: “Definitely podiums.

“Oscar is definitely quicker than then than P8 and I mean, how long is Max going to keep winning?

“At some point, we got to be there or someone's got to be there to seize the moment. So maybe, we’ll see. I think it'd be an exciting race.”

Norris’ previous front-row start at Silverstone saw him take the lead into the first corner after he got a better start than Verstappen before being easily overhauled by the end of lap four.

But Brown has insisted Norris will "definitely make it hard" for Verstappen and added: "It’s a difficult track but Max definitely seems to have the edge on everyone.

“But he'll try and get him on the start like he did at Silverstone and see how long he can hold on - but let's let's get through Turn 1 first.”

F1 2023 Dutch Grand Prix RN365 News dossier


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