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Max Verstappen secures Zandvoort Masters pole

by Peter Allen
Max Verstappen

Photo: Circuit Park Zandvoort

Max Verstappen saw off a strong challenge from the opposition to land pole position for the Zandvoort Masters of F3.

The first of the two sessions was a messy affair in wet conditions that saw four red flags for drivers beached in the gravel at the first corner Tarzan. When conditions were best at the end of the session, Verstappen was beaten to top spot by 0.7 seconds by his usual team-mate Jules Szymkowiak.

The dry later session saw times improve by 15 seconds, giving Verstappen a second chance to get pole. Despite being run close towards the end, he finished 0.62 seconds clear of his nearest rival Sam MacLeod.

Nabil Jeffri took third ahead of Steijn Schothorst, making his F3 debut with the Performance Racing team. Szymkowiak slipped to fifth ahead of fellow Dutchman Indy Dontje.

Andy Chang was seventh as the best of the entries from the British series, as opposed to drivers run by teams from the German category. Fellow Double R driver Dennis van de Laar was eighth ahead of Martin Cao, Camren Kaminsky and Nikita Zlobin.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver? Team Time? Gap
1 Max Verstappen Motopark 1:32.628
2 Sam MacLeod Van Amersfoort Racing 1:33.248 0.620
3 Nabil Jeffri Motopark 1:33.412 0.784
4 Steijn Schothorst Performance Racing 1:33.481 0.853
5 Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Racing 1:33.553 0.925
6 Indy Dontje Motopark 1:33.691 1.063
7 Andy Chang Double R Racing 1:33.834 1.206
8 Dennis van de Laar Double R Racing 1:33.992 1.364
9 Martin Cao Fortec Motorsports 1:34.108 1.480
10 Camren Kaminsky Double R Racing 1:34.831 2.203
11 Nikita Zlobin ADM Motorsport 1:34.909 2.281