Hamilton on pole ahead of Perez in 2021 Emilia Romagna GP qualifying


Lewis Hamilton took pole in a thrilling qualifying session at Imola, besting the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen

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Lewis Hamilton took pole in a thrilling qualifying session in Imola


Lewis Hamilton took pole in a thrilling qualifying session in Imola, as Sergio Perez, starting 2nd, became the first Red Bull driver to out-qualify Max Verstappen since Daniel Ricciardo in 2018.

Charles Leclerc restored some home pride for Ferrari with 4th on the grid.

Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz and Sebastian were all big names to fall in Q2, joined by impressive showings from both Williams.

Yuki Tsunoda went into the Variante Alta too hot and lost control of his Alpha Tauri crashing out early in Q1.


Yuki Tsunoda came out fired up for his first Q1 hot-lap, and ended up flying straight off the circuit, losing control through the Variante Alta and going backwards into the barriers. The damage looked significant, with a gearbox change likely for the AlphaTauri.

Kimi Räikkönen was the next biggest scalp as he set 16th fastest lap of Q1 with 1min 15.974sec, heading his Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi who came in 17th with 1min 16.122sec.

Haas predictably brought up the rear, yet Mick Schumacher was impressive in only being a tenth behind Giovinazzi. He’ll start 18th after clocking 1min 16.279sec, with his team-mate Nikita Mazepin over half a second back with a 1min 16.797sec.


Tsunoda crashed out in Q1



There were a number of shock exits in Q2. Carlos Sainz disappointed home fans by only setting a time good enough for 11th, a 1min 15.199sec.

0.062sec behind him was George Russell, mightily impressive as he and Nicolas Latifi hauled both Williams out of Q1 for the first time since Hungary last year. The Canadian registered 1min 15.593sec to start 14th.

Stuck in a Grove sandwich though was Sebastian Vettel, still looking out of sorts in his Aston Martin as he was knocked out after setting a time of 1min 15.394sec. He’ll start 13th.

The final big shock was Fernando Alonso’s exit. He set the exactly the same time as Latifi to leave the Alpine 15th on the grid for tomorrow.


Perez took advantage of an unitdy lap from Verstappen to start 2nd tomorrow



A thrilling Q3, but a familiar result: Hamilton once again was the dependable Saturday man, taking pole with a 1min 14.411sec.

Sergio Perez scored the best qualifying position of his career as scored 2nd with 1min 14.446sec, with his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen 0.052sec behind to line up 3rd.

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Ferrari said they were aiming for the 2nd row, and Charles Leclerc duly delivered: a 1min 14.740sec gaining him 4th.

AlphaTauri’s impressive Imola form stayed true as Pierre Gasly set a 1min 14.790sec to line-up 5th.

Daniel Ricciardo was 6th with a 1min 14.826sec, as Lando Norris had a faster lap deleted, meaning he’ll start 7th, half a tenth off his McLaren team-mate.

8th was a disappointed Valtteri Bottas with 1min 14.898sec, Esteban Ocon was 9th with a 1min 15.210sec, whilst Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll failed to set a time after exceeding track limits.

2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying results

Position Driver Team Time (Q3)
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1min 14.411sec
2 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1min 14.446sec
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1min 14.498sec
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1min 14.740sec
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1min 14.790sec
6 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1min 14.826sec
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1min 14.875sec
8 Valtterri Bottas Mercedes 1min 14.898sec
9 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1min 15.210sec
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin No time
Q2 times
11 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1min 15.199sec
12 George Russell Williams 1min 15.262sec
13 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1min 15.394sec
14 Nicolas Latifi Williams 1min 15.593sec
15 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1min 15.593sec
Q1 times
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1min 15.974sec
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1min 16.122sec
18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1min 16.279sec
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1min 16.797sec
20 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri No time