SAFETY CAR! The track must be cleared from Bottas’ car.
Sainz in the wake of Ocon, Bottas stops at the end of the straight, the Spaniard overtakes in the yellow biandiera regime.
Leclerc in trouble runs one second behind the three leading players.
Alonso attacks a Norris from the outside in a curve who defends himself by widening the trajectory.
Verstappen, Russell and again Alonso (with Soft) update the fastest lap.
Verstappen has more than twelve seconds ahead of Hamilton, Ocon fifth, fastest lap for Alonso, ninth.
VSC ends, Green Flag, DRS enabled.
Verstappen leader with Hard, followed by the two Mercedes on Medium.
Verstappen, Hamilton and Russell use the VSC to mount new tires and all fall ahead of Leclerc.
VIRTUAL SAFETY CAR! Pit stop halved for Verstappen, not for the Reds.
YELLOW FLAG! Tsunoda proceeds slowly, parking on the side of the track.
Tsunoda returns to the pits to have his seat belts fastened again, he is last.
Second pit stop for Leclerc, fast: Hard tires and fourth place.
YELLOW FLAG! Tsunoda crashes on the track complaining of a badly fixed tire, then sets off again.
Second pit stop for Sainz who returns ninth with the Hard.
Perez overtakes Norris, Sainz is called back to the pits.
Fast lap for Perez, Hard confirmed the best tires of the day.
Second pit for Perez who mounts the white and returns behind Sainz and Norris.
Russell also burns on the straight Perez, Hamilton updates the fastest lap gaining almost two seconds on Leclerc.
Hamilton defends the position, gets rid of Vettel and stretches over Perez.
Hamilton on his second attempt manages to overtake Perez but finds himself in front of Vettel coming out of the pits, tussle.
Hamilton attacks Perez in turn one, the Mexican extends the braking by nailing the tires, the two risk contact.
Fast lap of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes are flying.
Fast lap for George Russell on Hard.
At the moment the two Alpines of Alonso and Ocon close the top 10. Excellent comeback of the Spaniard.
Pit stop for Russell, Hard tires, he too returns in front of Sainz and behind his teammate.
Fight for twelfth place: Gasly defends himself in braking on Zhou.
Pit stop for Hamilton, Hard tires and fifth position between Perez and Sainz, Verstappen takes back the leadership of the GP.
Scia and DRS, Verstappen strikes Russell on the straight at the first shot.
Verstappen has Russell in his sights.
Leclerc always the fastest in the first sector does not lose from Verstappen who has already almost reached the DRS area on Russell.
Verstappen maintains a fast lap pace and is under three seconds behind Russell. Sainz struggles in the pace twelve seconds behind Perez, fifth.
First and second position for the Mercedes that started with the Mediums and could extend the stint by making only one stop.
Sainz climbs back to sixth after passing Albon on the straight.
Verstappen’s immediate response, pit stop slower by nine tenths but five seconds ahead.
Perfect pit stop for Leclerc, yellow tires, he falls fourth behind the two Mercedes.
Tires degradation for Leclerc who is losing a lot on both Verstappen and Hamilton.
Perez covered Sainz’s strategy, but returned eighth.
PROBLEMS! Sainz at the pits: the left rear is missing, very long pit stop, he returns 11th.
Verstappen has no drops, Leclerc climbs over two seconds, Hamilton remains on Sainz’s exhausts.
Alonso anticipates the entry into the pits and risks the Hard tire with a one-stop strategy.
Gasly and Ricciardo are the first to enter the pits to mount the Medium.
Alonso’s run-up continues and overtakes Tsunoda, he is now eleventh.
Alonso takes the slipstream on the straight and overtakes Gasly in speed, climbing to 12th position.
The Yellow tire on the Mercedes seems to work very well, Sainz manages to defend himself, but remains detached from the leading duo.
Fast lap for Leclerc, Verstappen loses only a few tenths.
Russell who had been overtaken by Norris at the start takes up the sixth position.
Leclerc approaches in the first sector but remains beyond the second, Hamilton has the DRS over Sainz.
Verstappen is making the pace with purple sectors, already beyond the second the gap on Leclerc.
Magnussen largo goes on gravel, touches the barriers and returns to last position.
Verstappen holds the position despite the excellent idea of Leclerc. Light contact between Hamilton and Sainz, no problem for both.
Training lap, riders busy warming up brakes and tires.
Red Bull and Ferrari with the Soft, Mercedes with the Medium.
Cars lined up ready for the start, overcast skies on the Circuit, chances of rain at the moment scarce.
The second row is completed by Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes, a disappointing fifth for Sergio Perez who went through the barrier in his last timed attempt. Followed by George Russell in the other Mercedes and Lando Norris in McLaren. Completing the top 10 are the excellent Mick Schumacher (Haas), Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin).
In Pole Position the host Max Verstappen will start on Red Bull who had the best in Qualifying by just 21 thousandths on Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari. In the tenth of second, third on the grid, Carlos Sainz’s other Red.
In Zaandvort everything is ready for the Dutch GP, the fifteenth round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship.