THE F1 season continues this weekend in Italy as Imola hosts Formula One for the first time in 16 years.
Follow all the latest from Imola with our blog below...
DRIVE TO SURVIVE
F1 bosses are confident that the sport will continue despite the new lockdown in the UK.
Drives and staff employed by the teams, plus some F1 and FIA staff, are exempt from the stay at home restrictions due to the strict testing measures already in place.
On Friday, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was asked whether the new lockdowns across Europe would have any impact.
He said: “The lockdowns that we see in Europe now are very different to the lockdowns in spring. Back in spring, it was a complete shutdown of any activity, going to work, being on the street.
“This time, at least from what we can see from France and Germany, access to pubs, restaurants and leisure places has been stopped or has been curfewed, but going to work is still permitted for the ones that need to go to work.
“It will impact our lives, that's for sure. It will heavily impact some industries. But I think we can find a way of working around it.”
F1 still has four remaining GPs this season after today's race in Imola, with Turkey and two weekends in Bahrain before the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
“It’s been so close many times, so now at least it’s the other way around. It’s a good feeling to get the lap at the end. It’s really cool."
Valtteri Bottas & Lewis Hamilton on their latest duel for F1 pole 👊https://t.co/CnwyKKCnJv#SkyF1 | #F1 | #ImolaGP 🇮🇹
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) October 31, 2020
Lewis Hamiltom has predicted a “boring race” in Sunday's Grand Prix in San Marino after slamming his own qualifying performance as “p*** poor”.
Perhaps it is testament to his character that after 97 poles the 35-year-old is still irked whenever he misses one, as he was pipped by his teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The Finn, so often the bridesmaid to Hamilton's heroics, was just 0.097 seconds quicker to take pole for the confusingly-titled Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.
Hamilton, who had taken provisional pole with his first flying lap, was beaten by Bottas at the death to leave the world champ starting behind him.
Hamilton said: “Valtteri did a great job and it was a p***-poor lap for myself. These things happen, you can't always get it perfect.
“What is unfortunate with this track, is it is beautiful to drive, but I am pretty certain you will see a boring race tomorrow.
“You can overtake on the straight but it is pretty narrow. Once you get into turn one, it is a train from there.
“There is no place to overtake from there. So it is going to be a challenge for people following but the DRS, hopefully, will give some opportunities into turn one for people.”
Max Verstappen took to Twitter to thank his team for fixing a spark plug issue after he took P3 for tomorrow's Grand Prix.
VERSTAPPEN TAKES P3
The Red Bull team worked quickly to fix a spark plug issue in Max Verstappen's car and helped the 23-year-old qualify third on the grid for tomorrow's Grand Prix.
BOTTAS TAKES POLE
Valtteri Bottas joins an illustrious list of drivers to take pole at Imola.
AND FROM POLE SITTER, VALTTERI BOTTAS
“This track is beautiful and it's a great feeling to get pole – I had the shakes afterwards!
“I knew in the last lap I had to risk it and go hard and the car responded. It's a good place to start tomorrow and I'm looking forward it it”
MORE FROM HAMILTON
“I’m pretty certain you’ll see a boring race tomorrow.
“After Turn 1 it is going to be a train as there is nowhere else to pass, but hopefully with the DRS that will give us an opportunity to overtake. Nonetheless, I’ll give it everything tomorrow.”
LEWIS HAMILTON ON HIS PERFORMANCE
“Valtteri did a great job and it was a pretty p*** poor lap from myself!
“These things happen, you can’t always get it perfect. The speeds here are unbelievable. It was a real challenge out there.”
BREAKING: @ValtteriBottas takes pole at Imola!
He edges out Lewis Hamilton (P2) to claim the 15th pole of his career 🚀
Max Verstappen takes P3 for Red Bull imolagp 🇮🇹 f1 pic.twitter.com/DHeQkeF8HJ
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 31, 2020
BOTTAS DOES – THE FINN TAKES POLE POSITION
Hamilton will start second. Verstappen in third and Gasly fourth.
HAMILTON IS GOING EVEN QUICKER
But so too is Bottas.
This might be close between the two Merc men.
IT IS CLOSE BETWEEN THE MERC DUO
All that separates LH and VB in this battle for pole! 😬 pic.twitter.com/sOmSyq6jmg
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 31, 2020
ALBON HAS A TIME DELETED
The Red Bull man exceeded track limits – for the SEVENTH time today.
He keeps on making the same mistake.
Not good enough.
He is in P10
PROVISIONAL POLE FOR HAMILTON
The world champ draws first blood as Bottas's flying lap is only good enough for second place.
It is Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Gasly, Albon, Leclerc after their first attempts.
Q3 IS GO
The top 10 shoot-out. Mercedes looking good for a front row lock out.
Will Verstappen challenge then?
Can Gasly keep the pressure on?
And what about Leclerc? He has a habit of coming good in the end.
GREAT WORK FROM GASLY
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗣𝗶𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗲 𝗚𝗮𝘀𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁
Q3 🔜imolagp 🇮🇹 f1 pic.twitter.com/S94CPeGi4o
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 31, 2020
Q2 IS DONE
Stroll, Russell, Vettel, Ocon and Perez are eliminated.
Both AlphaTauris are in the top 10. Both McLarens also into Q3
VERSTAPPEN IS INTO Q3
Super effort from Red Bull. Incredible stuff in the garage.
RED BULL GET VERSTAPPEN
A spark-plug change, usually takes 15 minutes, Red Bull have done it in about 5. Incredible stuff.
Verstappen is running again.
Two minutes to go.
AND NOW ALBON SPINS
A double disaster for Red Bull. The Thai driver spins and is in for new tyres.
Meanwhile, Verstappen is sat in the garage while the team fix a misfire in the engine.
PROBLEM FOR VERSTAPPEN
More swearing from the Dutchman, who says he has no power. Just when it looked like a comfortable run into Q3.
He is in the garage, the wheels are off and now the engine cover is being removed.
He's not set a lap time and looking at a P15 start in the race, unless the team can get him back out on track.
Teammate Alex Albon down in P7.
Teams trying to reach Q3 on the optimal medium tyre, which they would start the race on.
A few medium tyres coming out in q2 as expected: from @MercedesAMGF1 @ScuderiaFerrari @redbullracing pic.twitter.com/rqgBg4HO9J
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) October 31, 2020