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.
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
|2||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:15.395||1:14.716||1:14.446||18|
|3||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:15.109||1:14.884||1:14.498||20|
|10||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:15.522||1:15.138||20|
|13||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:15.459||1:15.394||14|
|16||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:15.974||10|
|17||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:16.122||9|