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Imola GP Qualifying Reside: Max Verstappen leads Qualifying

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Imola GP Qualifying Live: Ferrari Shines in Wet Imola Conditions: The Q3 session gets underway as Max Verstappen goes fastest after setting a lap time of 1m.27.999s. Charles Leclerc is second after setting a lap time of 1m.28.778s. Lando Norris is third after setting a lap time of 1m.29.131s. Ferrari started the FP1 session where they left in the Australian Grand Prix in red hot form. The Imola GP is their home race and they will surely look to impress the Tifosi fans who are present there. Ferrari are surely dominating the terms but Red Bull are hot on its tail. Follow Imola GP Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

In the FP1 session, Charles Leclerc again topped the charts after setting a lap time of 1m.29.402s. He was followed by his teammate Carlos Sainz in the second position as he set a last time of 1m.30.279s. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen followed in the third position after setting a lap time of 1m.30.867s.

Also Read: Imola GP FP 1: Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc tops the charts in FP1 with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen second and third

Imola GP Qualifying Live: Max Verstappen tops the Qualifying session with Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris in second and third – Follow Live Updates

  • Lando Norris says, “I’m happy, I’m top three which is quite a surprise for us. There was a lot left [for us] but I pushed too hard on the out-lap. There was a possibility for us to have a go at Charles, the car was feeling good and I was feeling confident. These conditions made a big difference for us today, if it was completely dry, we wouldn’t be in third place.”
  • Charles Leclerc says, “It was very tricky, especially on the slicks. It was all about putting the laps in and waiting for Q3 to put everything together. P2 is not a disaster, everything to play for tomorrow and we’ll give it everything.”
  • Max Verstappen says, “It was tricky out there, dry, rain, very slippery. It was hectic, a long qualifying but at the end I’m very happy to be here. It’s a great track, I know tomorrow and Sunday will be different in terms of weather conditions but a great start to the weekend.”
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Lando Norris crashes and that’s the end of the Qualifying session.
  • The Q3 session ends as Lando Norris crashes.
  • Less than two minutes to go in the Q3 session.
  • The Q3 session gets underway.
  • Max Verstappen says, “I did a massive lift when the yellow flags came out.”
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Max Verstappen tops the charts followed by Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris in second and third - Follow Live Updates
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Valtteri Bottas is out of the Qualifying session.
  • The red flag is out as Valtteri Bottas has crashed his car.
  • Charles Leclerc goes fastest after setting a lap time of 1m.28.778s. Max Verstappen is second after setting a lap time of 1m.28.798s. Kevin Magnussen is third after setting a lap time of 1m.29.131s.
  • The Q3 session gets underway once again.
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Lewis Hamilton fails to Qualify for Q3, Max Verstappen tops the timesheet of the Qualifying session - Follow Live Updates
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Kevin Magnussen crashes but manages to save his car from any sort of damage.
  • Magnussen is back on the track and fortunately, he didn’t damage his car.
  • Kevin Magnussen has crashed his car and there’s a red flag now.
  • Heavy Porpoising for Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc as he sets on his flying lap.
  • Carlos Sainz says, “Honestly I did a mistake I wasn’t expecting, a lap I wasn’t even pushing that hard, I just needed to put a banker in to react to the rain that was coming. It wasn’t on the limit, and unfortunately, I lost the car. Tricky conditions for sure, but not ideal. Maybe it was starting to rain, maybe the tyres were too hot – I need to understand it.”
  • The Q3 session gets underway.
  • This will be the first time since the 2012 Japanese GP with no Mercedes cars in the Q3 session.
  • The Q2 session has ended and George Russell, Mick Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Guanyu Zhou, and Lance stroll all are eliminated.
  • Lando Norris, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso, and Valtteri Bottas are all having a look at the conditions here.
  • Finally, Sebastian Vettel is the first driver who comes out on the track.
  • No drivers are out on the track till now and just under five minutes are remaining in the Q2 session.
  • The session gets underway once again as the green flags are out.
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Max Verstappen tops the timesheet as Carlos Sainz is out of the Qualifying session - Follow Live Updates
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Carlos Sainz crashes out of the Qualifying session.
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Max Verstappen tops the timesheet followed by Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris in second and third - Follow Live Updates
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Carlos Sainz is out of the Qualifying session as he crashed his car.
  • It’s all over for the Spanish driver as his Qualifying session ends on a bad note.
  • Carlos Sainz has crashed and the red flags are out.
  • Max Verstappen goes fastest after setting a lap time of 1m.18.793s. Carlos Sainz is second after setting a lap time of 1m.18.990s. Lando Norris is third after setting a lap time of 1m.19.294.
  • The Q2 session gets underway.
  • Lewis Hamilton says, “How far are we off man, this is crazy!”
  • The Q1 session ends as Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly, Nicholas Latifi, Esteban Ocon, and Alex Albon are eliminated from the Q1 session.
  • Charles Leclerc goes fastest after setting a lap time of 1m.18.796. Max Verstappen is second after setting a lap time of 1m.19.295s. Carlos Sainz is third after setting a lap time of 1m.19.305s.
  • Both the Mercedes drivers are at risk as Russell is in fifteenth place and Hamilton is in sixteenth place.
  • Charles Leclerc goes fastest after setting a lap time of 1m.19.545s. Carlos Sainz is second after setting a lap time of 1m.19.560s. Lando Norris is third after setting a lap time of 1m.20.168s.
  • Carlos Sainz goes fastest after setting a lap time of 1m.20.319s. Max Verstappen is second after setting a lap time of 1m.20.349s. Charles Leclerc is third after setting a lap time of 1m.20.590s.
  • Sebastian Vettel goes fastest after setting a lap time of 1m.23.095s.
  • Just over 11 minutes remain in the first Q1 session.
  • The session gets underway once again.
  • The session will start in another two minutes.
  • Christian Horner says, “Ferrari looked pretty mighty in that first session, it was a big gap. It was pretty ominous, but we hope to have fine-tuned the car for this afternoon’s session.”
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Lance Stroll tops the timesheet followed by Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen in second and third - Follow Live Updates
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Alex Albon is out of the Qualifying session as his car’s brakes are on fire. He is shedding rubber and debris in his wake.
  • Max Verstappen is third after setting a lap time of 1m.23.515s.
  • The Red flag comes out.
  • Valtteri Bottas is second after setting a lap time of 1m.23.593s.
  • Lance Stroll goes fastest after setting a lap time of 1m.23.419s.
  • Lewis Hamilton sets a lap time of 1m.27.214s.
  • Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are on their flying laps.
  • Guanyu Zhou and Valtteri Bottas have gambled early with the soft tyres while everyone else on the track so far is on the intermediates.
  • Nicholas Latifi is the first to head out, on the intermediate tyre. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell join him, also sporting the inters.
  • The Q1 session gets underway.
  • The risk of rain for the F1 Qualifying session is 40%.

The first race at the Emilia-Romagna GP was held in 2020 and was won by Lewis Hamilton. The year 2021 saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen winning the Grand Prix. Meanwhile, this year the first sprint race of the season will take place at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

Imola GP Qualifying Live: Ferrari continues their DOMINANCE with Red Bull Hot on their tail - Follow Live Updates
Imola GP Qualifying Live: Max Verstappen won the 2021 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

Imola GP Qualifying Live: How the Qualifying session works

The qualifying session will start at 22:30 IST today. The qualifying session is divided into three parts, Q1, Q2, and Q3. Q1 lasts 18 minutes and has all 20 cars on the grid. At the end of Q1, the five slowest cars are eliminated. Drivers who finish 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 are eliminated.

Q2 session lasts for 15 minutes and has 15 cars on the grid. Again the slowest cars are eliminated from 11th to 15th position. Q3 lasts for 12 minutes and has 10 cars on the grid. The position in which the drivers finish in Q3 will be their starting grid position for the race.

Imola GP Qualifying Live: Max Verstappen tops the Qualifying session with Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris in second and third – Follow Live Updates

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Qualifying, Date – 22nd April

Timings – 20:30 to 21:30 IST

Practice 2, Date – 23rd April

Timings – 16:00 to 17:00 IST

Sprint, Date – 23rd April

Timings – 20:00 to 21:00 IST

Race, Date – 24th April

Timings – 18:30 to 20:30 IST

Where can you watch the Practice, Qualifying, and Race on TV?

The Practice, Qualifying, and Race can be viewed on Star Sports.

Where can you watch the Practice, Qualifying, and Race? – Live Stream

The Practice, Qualifying, and Race can be live-streamed on Disney + Hotstar.

Imola GP Qualifying Live: Max Verstappen tops the Qualifying session with Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris in second and third – Follow Live Updates

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