The opening credits in Zandvoort are taken by the local idol, Max Verstappen, capable of taking pole position in front of a crowd of adoring fans. Behind the Dutchman and his Red Bull, however, you can see the black silhouette of the two Mercedes. Hamilton and Bottas ‘contented themselves’ with second and third positions on the starting grid, but the feeling is that there is considerable confidence in the box of the silver arrows for tomorrow’s race. The Dutch basin promises to make overtaking on the track somewhat complex, it is true, but the world champion team will be able to play a weapon that has often been successful in recent years: that of strategy.
While rejoicing in Verstappen’s pole position, Red Bull must worry – and not a little – about the elimination of Sergio Perez in Q1. At the start tomorrow, Verstappen will be alone against the two Mercedes. The Brackley team principal, Toto Wolff, makes no secret of wanting to exploit the weapon of strategy to groped the coup. “Max will have to make a decision – the Austrian manager warned, speaking to Sky Sports F1 – choosing whether to go on the one or two pit stop strategy. I believe we can play both strategies tomorrow. Two cars can choose different strategies and finish first and second “.
Analyzing the result of the qualifications therefore, Wolff can only smile. “I think we need to be happy with where we have ended up. Lewis wasted a lot of time yesterday, actually making only one lap. Being second and third is a good place to start – he added, before underlining once again the talent of his top driver – I think Lewis has surpassed the level of the machine. He did a mega ride “. Finally, a joke on the ‘hostile’ – but not incorrect – climate coming from the stands could not be missing. “If something were to happen tomorrow, even if it wasn’t our fault, there would be all the ‘oranges’ that would ignite. I hope we will have a good race. The fans were very correct, there was no whistle “.