Max Verstappen keeps a cool head on a wet track during the last free practice

Max Verstappen managed to record the fastest time again in the last free practice in Zandvoort. That did not go very well, as a lot of rain had fallen on the circuit. Verstappen drove his car to 1.21.631. There were also three red flags after bad weather crashes. George Russell and Sergio Pérez were second and third fastest.

Max Verstappen looks ready for qualifying this afternoon – Orange Pictures

Kevin Magnussen was the first driver not to keep his car on the track. The Dane lost control and ended up in the wall. This ended his training after three corners. Moments later it was Zhou Guanyu, who caused a red flag. The Chinese spun and landed in the gravel. In between, Verstappen drove the fastest time on a soaking wet track.

After the break of just over ten minutes, Lando Norris was the fastest. Oscar Piastri, his teammate at McLaren, quickly took it away. Liam Lawson provided the third red flag. He was standing backwards at the Arie Luyendijkbocht. The ‘code red’ again caused some delay, so that only eight minutes were raced.

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Verstappen set the fastest time and took almost a second from Norris. The conditions got better and better as the track started to dry up. The Dutch World Cup leader then improved his time again by one second and finally clocked: 1.21.631. George Russel and Sergio Pérez finished behind him.

The free practice sessions are over, so the real work will follow on Saturday afternoon. Verstappen will have to qualify for pole position in qualifying from 3 p.m. If he succeeds, his third stage victory at Zandvoort in a row will seem like a formality.

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