Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2021: Lewis Hamilton achieved his 99th pole position

The Mercedes champion had no rivals in Imola. He will share the first row with Sergio Pérez (Red Bull).


English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) will start first in the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna, second date of the World Cup F1 to be held on the Italian circuit of Imola. This is the 99th pole position for the multiple champion, who leads the tournament after his triumph in the Bahrain GP.

In practice, Hamilton gave the lead to other pilots, but appeared in the decisive Q3. In his first outing on the track he clocked 1m14s411 / 1000 and none of his rivals managed to beat him. The one who was closest was the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), who was 35/1000.

Lewis Hamilton
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Hamilton will have to endure Red Bull's attack as the Dutchman will start third Max Verstappen, his escort in the tournament, who was at 87/1000. Having the Austrian team drivers behind is something that motivates the British. “I love it, I love the challenge! We have the two Red Bulls there, I think that will definitely make the strategy more difficult because they have a great race pace ”, he maintained.

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"I should have won pole, but I made a mistake in the last corner ... Tomorrow is what matters"said Pérez, who achieved a great result in his second presentation with Red Bull and was the fastest in Q2.

While Verstappen highlighted: “It wasn't a good Q3, I couldn't get a good lap. Still third place is good. The race will be interesting. We will try to make it difficult for Mercedes ”.

But not all of it was good news for Mercedes. Finnish Valtteri Bottas, who had been the fastest in the two training sessions on Friday, was far from matching the performance of his teammate and will start from eighth position.

Two other teams that had a bittersweet Saturday were Ferrari y AlphaTauri. The Maranello team has the Monegasque Charles Leclerc in the fourth place on the grid; while the spanish Carlos Sainz he did not pass Q2 and will start 11th. While the Faenza team demonstrated the good ride of their car with the French Pierre Gasly, fifth in the final session; although he will have to put a lot of effort to repair the machine that destroyed the Japanese Yuki tsunoda after getting lost during Q1.

The competition will start on Sunday at 10.00 in Argentina.

GRAND PRIZE CLASSIFICATION OF EMILIA ROMAGNA 2021

POS. No. PILOT CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 VTAS.
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:14.823 1:14.817 1:14.411 23
2 11 Sergio Pérez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:15.395 1:14.716 1:14.446 18
3 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:15.109 1:14.884 1:14.498 20
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:15.413 1:14.808 1:14.740 19
5 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:15.548 1:14.927 1:14.790 21
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:15.669 1:15.033 1:14.826 21
7 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:15.009 1:14.718 1:14.875 15
8 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:14.672 1:14.905 1:14.898 22
9 31 Stephen Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:15.385 1:15.117 1:15.210 20
10 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:15.522 1:15.138 20
11 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:15.406 1:15.199 16
12 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:15.826 1:15.261 16
13 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:15.459 1:15.394 14
14 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:15.653 1:15.593 14
15 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:15.832 1:15.593 14
16 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:15.974 10
17 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:16.122 9
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:16.279 12
19 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:16.797 12
RT 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 2

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