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Dutch Grand Prix – Muraille Verstappen, anti-Max Ferrari plan, Hamilton factor X: the GP in question

Dutch Grand Prix - Muraille Verstappen, anti-Max Ferrari plan, Hamilton factor X: the GP in question - Eurosport FR

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3 p.m. For 71 rounds.

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The qualifying movie

Is Max Verstappen off to a good start this year?

He is the best, and his stats are scary. It’s simple, he is the only driver on the grid to not have given up any position this year between his position on the grid and the end of the first lap!

At worst, he keeps his place, which is already good especially when you’re on pole!

Stats: The first laps of Max Verstappen (Red Bull) after 14 Grands Prix in 2022

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Is Max Verstappen the favorite for victory?

Yes. He did a lot of work with his team to fine-tune the settings of his RB18, which he described as “complete” at the end of his day. What his opponents did not deny. At Ferrari, we noted the “high running pace” of the Dutchman during his first stint simulation in free practice 3.

Does Ferrari leave beaten in advance?

No, but a certain vagueness surrounds the behavior of the F1 75. Despite its relative failure in Q3, Charles Leclerc, qualified 2nd at 0″021, found his “rossa” nervous, too understeered on the Zandvoort serpentine. Let’s hope for him that this defect disappears with a full tank of petrol.On the other hand, he can count on the traction qualities of his single-seater on this circuit.

Leclerc narrowly beaten for pole but “not comfortable with the car”

Question strategy, Laurent Mékiès, the director of the Competition, indicated that the objective was to put pressure on Max Verstappen. With a consensus on a stop, there are not 36 solutions: the French manager is thinking of extending Carlos Sainz’s stint as much as possible to hinder the local driver.

Can Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon finish in the points?

This is their objective because Pierre Gasly starts 11th and Esteban Ocon 12th. The AlphaTauri driver, 8th in Belgium after an air gap of 5 races, seems the most able to get there easily because a sudden understeer in turn 3 deprived him of a passage in Q3. On the other hand, the evil is deeper on the Alpine n°31. “This weekend, we can’t find the grip on the rear axle, on all the tractions”summed up his pilot, on Canal +.

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Who will be the X factor?

Lewis Hamilton. You will have to count on him! “My final lap was good until the last sector, where I saw the car (of Pérez) facing me, in the opposite direction. I eased off. Otherwise, this lap could have earned me at least the 3rd place.” Clearly, the W13 n°44 is very close to the Red Bull n°1 and the Ferraris. And the circuit resembles that of the Hungaroring, where Mercedes had shone with a pole for George Russell and a double podium.

How many stop(s) in the race?

The teams will try to observe only one pit stop like last year, as overtaking is difficult in Zandvoort. The only factor that can change the situation is an intervention by the safety car.

The FIA ​​has added the last banked corner to the DRS area of ​​the pit straight, but it is not certain that this will change much.

What is special about the track?

Its bitumen. “There are two very different tarmacs at Zandvoort, which means that the behavior of the rubbers is quite different from one game to another, says Mercedes. There is the new, softer bitumen, laid in 2020, and the older one, which has a more aggressive surface. It makes it difficult to balance the car on all the corners.”

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