Most riders enjoy the track because it is a new experience for them. Only Raikkonen has raced at Imola before.
Bottas is hoping to convert that pole into a win, something he hasn’t achieved this season
Valtteri Bottas beat record-breaking teammate Lewis Hamilton to score his 15th pole position for the qualifying session in the first race at Imola since 2006. As usual, Max Verstappen was on the second row in P3 but this time his performance came as a backdrop. of a spark plug problem that dealt with ending his qualifying session at Q2 himself. Former Verstappen junior teammate and driver Pierre Gasly scored a valiant P4 for the AlphaTauri.
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Daniel Ricciardo in Renault led P5 while Alex Albon in the other Red Bull led P6, notably being over-qualified by Gasly who was confirmed for an AlphaTauri seat in 2021. Charles Leclerc of Ferrari just managed P7 who was also achieved using soft tires in Q2 – crowning another poor qualifying performance in what is Scuderia’s third home race of the season. Daniil Kvyat led P8 which was his first top ten in over a year in the second AlphaTauri underpinning his brisk pace.
The McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr achieved P9 and P10, while Racing Points’ Sergio Perez struggled to reach P11. Esteban Ocon in the other Renault scored P12 while George Russell again beefed up the Williams at P13 ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who scored P14. Lance Stroll in the other Racing Point just passed P15 after his time was called off for breaking the track limits, meaning he didn’t qualify beyond Q1.
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Outgoing Haas pair of Grosjean and Magnussen achieved P16 and P17 respectively while a lively Kimi Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo has just managed P18 as even his time was canceled for track boundary violations. Nicholas Latifi scored P19 in the second Williams while Antonio Giovinazzi scored the last position in the second Alfa Romeo.
Most riders enjoy the track because it is a new experience for them. Only Raikkonen has raced at Imola before. Many believe the track position will be critical as overtaking will be difficult as the track is narrow and has only one DRS area.
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes – 1: 13.609
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes – + 0.097 s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull – + 0.872s
4 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri – + 0.893s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault – + 0.911s
6 Alex Albon Red Bull – + 0.963s
7 Ferrari Charles Leclerc – + 1.007s
8 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri – + 1.087 s
9 Lando Norris McLaren – + 1,205s
Ten Carlos Sainz McLaren – + 1.302s
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point – 1: 15.061s
12 Esteban Ocon Renault – 1: 15.201s
13 George Russell Williams – 1: 15.322s
14 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari – 1: 15.385s
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point – 1: 15.494s
16 Romain Grosjean Haas – 1: 15.918s
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas – 1: 15.939s
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing – 1: 15.953s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams – 1: 15.987s
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing – 1: 16.208s
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