Dutch Grand Prix 2022 qualifying live: Leclerc fastest after final practice

But back to the business at hand: runaway home favourite and last year’s winner Max Verstappen struggled in the two practice sessions, breaking down with gearbox trouble in the first, and registering a lacklustre eighth-quickest time in the second.

By early this afternoon, however, Verstappen was able to get out on soft tyres and drive with a pace that should keep his rivals troubled. He was third-fastest in final practice, with only a tenth and a half between first place Charles Leclerc, George Russell in second, and the Dutchman. 

Russell and his teammate Lewis Hamilton have much more to confident about in Holland than their W13 has had on other circuits, and speaking after practice two, Hamilton noted that the team has “landed in a much sweeter spot with the car, just being [on] a very different track.”

Hamilton in particular will be keen to set himself up for a successful grand prix today after his first DNF at Spa last weekend following his collision with Fernando Alonso.  

With three teams battling seriously for a chance at pole, we should be in for a thrilling afternoon – just over an hour to go until green lights. 

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