Max Verstappen did not start his home race in Zandvoort very well. Ten minutes into the first practice, his Red Bull fell silent and also spent a lot of time in the penalty area in the second session. No one completed less laps on Friday than the world champion.
On Thursday, Max Verstappen, 24, told how his car went on the bars from the first lap of last weekend at Spa. Then that set the tone for the Grand Prix in which he continued to dominate until the end. But in Zandvoort, his other home race, the weekend started on the negative. On lap seven – when he had the fastest time with 1:14.714 – Maaseikenaar fell silent. There was nothing for her but to get out and walk back to the antechamber. The session is over for him. It was later confirmed that the problem was with the gearbox, but he would not incur the grid penalty for this.
The stranded car caused a red flag and thus the session was halted. Mick Schumacher went to the track despite the red flag and could expect a penalty.
Teammate Sergio Perez also got a hot spot early in the session when he fell off the track. He just managed to avoid the wall and completed 29 laps, finishing seventh. Not a good start for Red Bull. The fastest time was set by George Russell (Mercedes, 1:12.455) ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.
This was followed by a second session in the afternoon, and it also did not go smoothly with Verstappen. For a long time his car was in the garage, so he only cut 22 laps, seven laps less than the others. Scored for the eighth time, teammate Perez twelfth.
This time, Ferrari topped the standings with Charles Leclerc ahead of Carlos Sainz. But in the person of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes was a little slower. VT2 was also briefly reported, this time after a trip by Yuki Tsunoda. (MC)