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F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix LIVE: Miami race ANNOUNCED, Hamilton pole ahead of Perez at Imola

LIGHTS OUT

LEWIS HAMILTON is on pole as he looks to make it two race wins out of two this season at Imola.

Joining him on the front row is Red Bull newcomer Sergio Perez, who caused a stir by finishing ahead of third placed team-mate Max Verstappen.

Meanwhile F1 have announced that a new street race will take place in Miami starting next season!

Here's the grid for Emilia Romagna today...

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  5. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
  6. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
  7. Lando Norris (McLaren)
  8. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  9. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
  10. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
  11. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  12. George Russell (Williams)
  13. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
  14. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
  15. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
  16. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
  17. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
  18. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
  19. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
  20. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

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  • AL TO PLAY FOR

    Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has revealed he wasn't happy after securing tenth place in qualifying.

    He said: I was not good enough, that’s probably the easiest answer.

    "I felt good in the car, I felt fast, the balance was good, but by the time I crossed the line it was not good enough to finish in the top 10.

    “So I will analyse it. I will try to improve for next time, get better, but anyway the race is tomorrow, the points are gained tomorrow.

    "In Bahrain, Saturday was good, on Sunday we had to retire the car, so hopefully here it is the other way around.

    “Saturday so-so, tomorrow we are going to score points.”

  • POWER SERGE

    Red Bull driver Sergio Perez believes he should be on pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton for today's Grand Prix.

    He said: "I should have been on pole today. I did a mistake on my final corner."

    Meanwhile his team-mate Max Verstappen - who will start third - remarked: "Q3 was a disaster.

    "Even in the first lap my first sector wasn't good so I knew there was a lot of time there, so I pushed a little bit more but then ran wide at the exit of Turn 3, cut the grass a bit. It wasn't very lovely for the lap time.

    "But sometimes that happens, you can't be perfect or near-perfect all the time. There are always things you can do better even when you say it's a perfect lap. But today was far from perfect.

    "I was shocked myself that I had a lap like that because I would say I have been very good for a very long time in qualifying."

  • GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS

    Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his delight at securing pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

    The Brit qualified ahead of the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.

    He said: “The day has been great. I definitely didn’t expect us to be ahead of two Red Bulls. They have been so quick this weekend. There were times when they were six tenths ahead, we didn’t really know where we would be.

    “But the car has been feeling better from the beginning this weekend so respect to the team for the hard work to really narrow down the window.

    “I love the challenge. I think it’s great finally we’ve got the two Red Bulls there. It’s definitely going to make strategy harder and it’ll be a real challenge because they have got great race pace.

    “Their pace was a little bit stronger in the long run yesterday but I’m just so happy.

    “The first lap was really nice, really clean. There were some improvements on the second lap but it wasn’t quite as good as the first one, but I’m really grateful. I came around the last corner and heard that I got the pole and I was very grateful.”

    Meanwhile, Nikita Mazepin is 'trying too hard' at the start of his F1 career.
    His Haas team boss Guenther Steiner said: “I said to him: ‘You need to keep your head high. These things happen and obviously in the moment he’s the beat-up boy, you know? Everybody beats up on him. That makes it tougher.

    “In the end you come out on the better side – but you just need to keep your head up, focus on your next race and keep on going.

    “At some stage [the incidents] need to be reduced but he is trying very hard for that and I guess sometimes he is trying too hard.

    “He needs to find that limit. But that’s for him to find, not us. We can help him in doing that.”

    And finally, Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell revealed he had a “Pastor Maldonado moment” in qualifying.

    He said: “It’s no secret that Mercedes are struggling a bit with the battery deployment, and every single metre gives you a metre at the end of the lap.

    “So I wanted to go into that mode as late as possible, as in halfway through the corner, before I picked up the power.

    “Tyres were a bit cold, I wasn’t fully concentrated. It contributed to a Pastor Maldonado moment!”

  • NIK OF TIME

    Nikita Mazepin is "trying too hard" at the start of his F1 career.

    His Haas team boss Guenther Steiner said: "I said to him: 'You need to keep your head high. These things happen and obviously in the moment he's the beat-up boy, you know? Everybody beats up on him. That makes it tougher.

    "In the end you come out on the better side - but you just need to keep your head up, focus on your next race and keep on going.

    "At some stage [the incidents] need to be reduced but he is trying very hard for that and I guess sometimes he is trying too hard.

    "He needs to find that limit. But that's for him to find, not us. We can help him in doing that."

  • LEW BEAUTY

    Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his delight at securing pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix.

    He said: “The day has been great. I definitely didn’t expect us to be ahead of two Red Bulls. They have been so quick this weekend. There were times when they were six tenths ahead, we didn’t really know where we would be.

    “But the car has been feeling better from the beginning this weekend so respect to the team for the hard work to really narrow down the window."

  • MORE FROM RUSSELL

    The 12th placed driver said: "I actually wanted to do my second set on the medium tyre because I was P10 at the time, or P11, with a medium, which was quite surprising.

    "We obviously opted for the soft, and improved by three-tenths.

    "It was still a very good lap, so all in all, really happy with Q2 to be in P12. It was better than expected before the session."

  • DRIVE TO SURVIVE

    Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell revealed he had a “Pastor Maldonado moment" in qualifying.

    He said: "It's no secret that Mercedes are struggling a bit with the battery deployment, and every single metre gives you a metre at the end of the lap.

    "So I wanted to go into that mode as late as possible, as in halfway through the corner, before I picked up the power.

    "Tyres were a bit cold, I wasn't fully concentrated. It contributed to a Pastor Maldonado moment!"

  • READY SET RACE

    Lewis Hamilton secured pole but the competition is getting tougher...

  • THOUGHTS FROM LEWIS

    Hamilton said: "I did not expect to be ahead of two Red Bulls. They have been so quick, but the car was feeling a lot better from the beginning.

    "I love it! I love the challenge and finally we have the two Red Bulls there and it will make it harder for me because they have great race pace.

    "But I am just so happy. The first lap was clean and when I came around the last corner I was just super grateful.

    "No-one in the team expected pole, but that was the tidiest lap I could put together. We are firing on all cylinders and I think we were fortunate.

    "But it is milliseconds between us all. We can all say we can go faster, but it is what you do in those seconds which count."

  • NUMERO UNO

    SunSport's Ben Hunt says: "Lewis Hamilton had the competition licked as he scooped pole 99.

    "It seems silly to say given his impressive tally of P1 starts, but this really was a shock as he qualified ahead of the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.

    "The astonishment in the voice of his race engineer, Pete Bonnington, as the result was confirmed was enough to tell you this was a surprise to the team, despite their seven-year domination.

    "And while no points are on offer for Saturday qualifying, Hamilton was ice-cool while Max Verstappen again melted away after another error."

  • MERC MY WORDS

    It was some lap from Lewis Hamilton that secured pole position.

    Take a look at it below.

  • QUALIFYING STANDINGS

    Sergio Perez has qualified on the front row for the first time in his F1 career.

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