Lewis Hamilton qualified for the Dutch Grand Prix in fourth place on Saturday, and he expressed his happiness that his Mercedes had “finally come alive” by Sunday.
George Russell, another member of his Mercedes team, finished sixth, but expressed satisfaction at finishing ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after a frantic final lap from Max Verstappen brought an intriguing session to a dramatic conclusion.
The reigning series champion and world champion for Red Bull won the pole position for his home race for the second year in a row.
Being only a tenth slower than a Red Bull was fantastic, according to Hamilton. “It gives me a lot of hope that I can compete for the front row, but obviously the yellow flag at the end was a bit disappointing – but that’s motor racing,” the driver said.
“I normally feel okay,” he continued. The fact that the car this weekend finally felt alive makes me very happy.