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Max Verstappen

Verstappen feels 'amazing' after putting Red Bull on pole at home

There was no stopping Max Verstappen in qualifying as the Red Bull driver claimed pole position for the Dutch Grand Prix in front of his home fans. Speaking after the session, he stated his focus is now on finishing the job in Sunday's race.

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen couldn't hide his delight after putting on a show for his home fans and claiming pole for Sunday's Dutch Grand Prix.

The Dutchman's time of 1:08.885 was 0.038 seconds faster than championship rival Lewis Hamilton en route to his seventh pole of the season, a result he admits felt very special.

"It's an amazing feeling to get pole position here," Verstappen stated after qualifying. "The crowd is incredible, the car is really nice to drive and this track as well – it's really cool."

Passing won't be easy around Zandvoort, and Verstappen hopes he can cap off a memorable weekend with a win in front of his home fans.

"It's the best starting position, as passing will be difficult," Verstappen added. "I don't expect it to be an easy race as there are a lot of laps around here.

"The tyres are struggling through the high speed [corners], but today was good, so I hope we can finish it off tomorrow."

Verstappen trails Hamilton by three points in the Drivers' standings heading into the race.

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