An interesting qualifying session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the famed Imola circuit. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes seemed slightly surprised to have secured pole position.
Things were interesting over at red Bull as Max Verstappen was out qualified by a teammate since 2018 as Sergio Perez slotted behind Hamilton but ahead of Verstappen. Sergio said he believes he had enough for pole position but made a mistake on his final lap. Verstappen also ran wide on his last lap and left time on the table.
Valtteri Bottas was well off the pace and could only manage 8th. It was also an exciting moment for McLaren’s Lando Norris who looked to be gunning for a front row start but his final lap time was deleted due to running outside of track limits which are being very strictly monitored this weekend at Imola.
It was a very good qualifying for both Ferrari and Alpha Tauri with Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly in 4th and 5th respectively but the elimination of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in Q2 was a head-scratcher.
Esteban Ocon managed to beat Fernando Alonso and make it to Q3. He slotted in 9th for Sunday’s race just ahead of Lance Stroll who beat his world champion teammate, Sebastian Vettel, as well.
It’s all to play for on a tricky track with cooler temps and the longest pit lane on the calendar. One thing is clear, Red Bull have two cars to harass Lewis Hamilton and with Bottas so far back, it could leave the champ isolated and fighting against two veteran drivers in very quick cars.
|2||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull-Honda||1m15.395s||1m14.716s||1m14.446s|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1m15.109s||1m14.884s||1m14.498s|
|10||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m15.522s||1m15.138s|
|11||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1m15.406s||1m15.199s|
|13||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin-Mercedes||1m15.459s||1m15.394s|
|16||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m15.974s|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1m16.122s|