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Max Verstappen wins incidental battle for pole position Emilia-Romagna GP in the rain

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After the practice session in the rain, there was also a 40 percent chance of rain during qualifying. The drivers quickly entered the track on a drying track.

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However, we soon got a red flag after a fire started at the back of Alex Albon’s Williams F1 car. Something exploded behind the Williams and because of the many debris the session was stopped for a while.

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The session could be resumed after a few minutes and we were soon red flagged. Nicholas Latifi went off track but struggled to keep him on the grass and out of the wall.

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In the end, Charles Leclerc was fastest in Q1, ahead of Max Verstappen. It was striking, however, that Lewis Hamilton was only able to push through to Q2. Hamilton drove a fifteenth time and was only 0.004 seconds faster than Yuki Tsunoda in P16.

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Rain was forecast for Q2 and the drivers quickly took to the track to set a fast lap time as quickly as possible and get ahead of the rain. Both Ferraris were quick, but Carlos Sainz crashed on his second fast lap. Painful for the Spaniard who has just signed a new contract with the Scuderia and thus increasingly threatens to end up in the role of number two.

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When Q2 was restarted it had already started to rain and the drivers mainly stayed in the garage. A few drivers did try to explore the circuit on intermediates, this in preparation for Q3.

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Both Mercedes drivers were killed in Q2 with an 11th fastest time for George Russell and a very disappointing 13th for Lewis Hamilton. A new low for Mercedes this season.

In Q3 the drivers had to try to set the fastest time possible on a wet track and that immediately went wrong for Kevin Magnussen. The Dane went off the track, causing a red flag, but was able to return to the pits.

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During the first fast runs it was Charles Leclerc who was only 0.020 seconds faster than Max Verstappen with a time of 1:28.778. However, the Dutchman was almost eight tenths faster on his second fast lap.

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Leclerc was also on a fast lap but we got a red flag because Bottas was at the side of the track. With just under three minutes on the clock, it was a question of waiting whether Charles Leclerc could still keep Max Verstappen off pole.

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Q3 resumed with Max Verstappen ahead of Charles Leclerc on track but qualifying was halted early when Lando Norris went off the track, causing yet another red flag.

Pole position for Max Verstappen, who will start the sprint race from P1 tomorrow. Next to him on the front row will be title rival Charles Leclerc. Not Ferrari and Charles Leclerc as big favorites on pole. Lando Norris starts in third place with an equally surprising Kevin Magnussen next to him.

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1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:19.295s 1:18.793s 1:27.999s

2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.796s 1:19.584s 1:28.778s

3 Lando Norris McLaren 1:20.168s 1:19.294s 1:29.131s

4 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:20.147s 1:19.902s 1:29.164s

5 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:20.198s 1:19.595s 1:29.202s

6 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:19.980s 1:20.031s 1:29.742s

7 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:19.773s 1:19.296s 1:29.808s

8 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:20.419s 1:20.192s 1:30.439s

9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:20.364s 1:19.957s 1:31.062s

10 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:19.305s 1:18.990s

11 George Russell Mercedes 1:20.383s 1:20.757s

12 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:20.422s 1:20.916s

13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.470s 1:21.138s

14 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:19.730s 1:21.434s

15 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:20.342s 1:28.119s

16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 20.474s

17 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:20.732s

18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:21.971s

19 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:22.338s

20Alexander Albon Williams

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