Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Italy on Sunday. The Mercedes driver is faster than the Red Bull drivers Sergio Pérez and Max Verstappen. The top three are within 0.087 seconds.
For Hamilton, this is his 99th pole position. The defending world champion has a lap time of 1.14.411 on the Imola circuit, which is 0.035 seconds faster than Pérez and 0.087 seconds faster than Verstappen.
Lando Norris also appeared to be on the front line with his McLaren, but the young Englishman surpassed the limit of the track in his fast lap and his time has since been taken away .
Since the previous difference is small, the cost of making a small mistake is high. This makes Verstappen among the first divisions. The good news for Red Bull is that the Dutch once again have a teammate who can keep up with the team leader.
Hamilton will start using medium-sized tires from Sunday. Next to him, Pérez started using soft tires. Verstappen starts with the medium like Hamilton.
In the last game in Bahrain, one drawback was that Perez could not participate in the front row, which allowed Mercedes to strategically play against Verstappen’s two cars. Now, this disadvantage seems to lie in Mercedes. Valtteri Bottas (Valtteri Bottas) ranked eighth fastest after a mid-range error, which was disappointing.
Verstappen will join the Ferrari car in the second row with Charles Leclerc. Monaco started the race with soft tyres, just like AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, ranked fifth. Due to his slow lap, Norris is seventh behind McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Esteban Ocon (Mountain) and Lance Stroll from Aston Martin entered the top ten.
Carlos Sainz is one of the main victims of the fierce midfield battle. The Spaniard went out at the last minute of the second quarter and will start in Sunday’s 11th game. Unlike his teammates, other big names such as Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso did not make the top ten.
The Williams team had a great day. Both drivers broke through in the first quarter of the race, with George Russell in 12th place, 14th ahead of Nicholas Latifi.
The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix will start at 3 pm on Sunday.