Spanish pilots Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) could not access this Saturday to the Q3 of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, second quote from Formula 1 World Cup, after getting the eleventh and fifteenth time, respectively, while English Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) got her first pole of the course.
Sainz, who had been seventh in Q1, was left out of the final batch by just seven tenths and this Sunday he will start from eleventh position on the starting grid. The Madrilenian was far from his best level and was surpassed by his teammate Charles Leclerc, who finished with fourth position heading into this Sunday.
Similarly, Fernando Alonso -who passed the first miracle cut- will start from the fifteenth hole of the drawer, although the two-time world champion barely had options to fight to access the final cut. The Asturian, who continues with his evolution, did not have much to do in qualifying.
The fastest in Q2 was Sergio Pérez (Red Bull Racing), the prelude to his great performance in Q3, although the Mexican could not validate that position and stay with the pole position. In these, a very serene and calculating Hamilton appeared that took him to the first position and established his 99 pole of his career, the highest figure in history.
The current F1 world champion – champion of the last four World Cups – scored the first place with a time of 1: 14: 411, while ‘Checo’ Pérez was second at 0.035 seconds. The third position went to Max Verstappen (Red Bull), winner of the pole in Bahrain, who was 0.087 seconds behind.
Formula 1 has recovered its most usual landscape, with Mercedes leading the standings on the first day of free practice at the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna. Three weeks after Red Bull appeared in Bahrain as an alternative to dominating the Silver Arrows, Mercedes slammed the table. He came, however, to triumph under the British hand Lewis hamilton in Sakhir.
This Friday he placed his best driver – World Championship leader and seven-time world champion – in second place, after the Finn Valtteri Bottas. Between them they reduced the euphoria that was unleashed in the preseason in the energy drink team. Red Bull didn’t have its day at Imola.