A sea of orange-clad Dutch fans were in attendance to cheer on their compatriot in his Red Bull, and they weren't disappointed as he rose to the top in what was a fascinating qualifying session.
Here, then, is what went down in Zandvoort...
Perez's outlap was too slow with him held up in the pitlane and by traffic on the track, meaning he couldn't set a final fast time, whilst Sebastian Vettel's flying lap was scuppered by a rogue Nikita Mazepin who shot across him heading into the final corner, meaning the German had to throw out the anchors and abandon his lap.
The second session of qualifying underlined another of Zandvoort's traits - its proficiency at bringing out red flags.
Mistakes have been punished regularly over this weekend and both Williams drivers fell foul of the circuit layout, sliding into the walls and ending their sessions.
George Russell crawled back to the pits but his car wouldn't return to the track after his shunt, prompting the first red, whilst Nicholas Latifi had a bigger incident, wrecking the rear of his car to cause the second - the second session would not resume after that.
It was, then, Verstappen who took pole to the delight of the gathered Dutch crowd, with Hamilton set to line up second alongside him, clocking a lap time just three-hundredths of a second slower.News Now - Sport News