FACTS AND STATS: Sargeant becomes the first American top-10 qualifier for 30 years

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Sean Kelly
ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 26: Logan Sargeant of United States driving the (2) Williams FW45

Zandvoort served up some tricky conditions on Saturday, but even on a damp track that saw plenty of crashes, Max Verstappen couldn’t be stopped. He grabbed his third straight pole on home soil as he continues his quest to equal Sebastian Vettel’s nine consecutive victories. But what else did qualifying highlight? Here are the best facts and stats from the Netherlands…

  • Max Verstappen has taken pole at every Dutch Grand Prix in his lifetime so far.

  • The Dutchman grabbed his eighth pole of the year, surpassing his 2022 total.

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  • It’s the second time in the last four races that Verstappen and Lando Norris share the front row.

  • Norris had not previously qualified in the top six in Zandvoort.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 26: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and

Verstappen and Norris share the first row for the Dutch Grand Prix

  • George Russell was third, for his best starting slot since Australia.

  • Alex Albon was fourth, tying his career-best start for the fifth time.

  • This is also the best start for Williams since Russell’s third in Sochi in 2021.

  • Fernando Alonso has his best qualifying since he started on the front row in Canada, five races ago.

  • Carlos Sainz has outqualified his team mate for the first time in five races.

  • Sergio Perez was seventh, meaning he starts outside the top six for the eighth time in 13 races this season.

  • Oscar Piastri was eighth, his worst qualifying since Austria, the last race before he received McLaren’s upgrade package.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 26: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG

Not to be for Hamilton, who exited in Q2 for the second time this season

  • Logan Sargeant was the first American to qualify in the top 10 since Michael Andretti at the 1993 Italian Grand Prix.

  • Williams had two cars in Q3 for the first time since Monza 2017, when Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll managed that feat.

  • Lewis Hamilton starts 13th, his second Q2 elimination of the season. He also started P13 in Miami.

  • Pierre Gasly was 12th, in what was his third straight Q2 elimination.

  • Zhou Guanyu suffered his fifth Q1 exit in the last six races.

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  • Esteban Ocon qualified 17th, this Q1 elimination following four consecutive Q2 exits.

  • Kevin Magnussen was out in Q1 for the fourth time in the last five races.

  • Valtteri Bottas suffered his third Q1 exit of the season.



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