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Verstappen praises Red Bull recovery after "difficult" Friday

Max Verstappen heaped praise on the Red Bull team after recovering from a turbulent practice session to secure Pole Position for the Dutch GP.

Max Verstappen praised the Red Bull team for recovering from a "difficult" Friday after securing Pole Position at the Dutch GP. The Red Bull driver took his fourth Pole Position of the season by 0.021 of a second ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. The Ferrari driver had provisionally taken P1 partway through Q3, but a strong middle sector helped the Dutchman to his second consecutive Dutch GP Pole Position. The reigning World Champion's preparations for the Dutch GP were dealt a blow when he lost track time to gearbox issues, and the team appeared to have a pace deficit to Ferrari after Friday practice.

Verstappen: 'Car enjoyable to drive again'

Speaking after qualifying, Verstappen was delighted with Red Bull's overnight work to bring him back to the front of the field. "Unbelievable, especially after Friday where we had a difficult day," Verstappen told media. "I think we worked really well overnight with the whole team to turn it around, and today we had a quick race car. "It was very close, and a qualifying lap around here is insane. "We changed a lot, because yesterday was a little bit rushed in FP2 do to get the car together, but today it was enjoyable to drive again." Verstappen is aiming to extend his lead in the Drivers' Championship, which currently stands at 93 points.

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