Event: Emilia Romagna F1 GP
Track: Autodromo Imola

F1 Qualifying Results 2022 Emilia Romagna Sprint

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR22, leads Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75 during the Emilia Romagna GP at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Friday April 22, 2022 in imola, Italy. (Photo by Steven Tee / LAT Images)

Weather: dry/wet 12.5°C
Tarmac: dry/wet 14.7°C
Humidity: 84%
Wind: 2.5 m/s W
Pressure: 997.5 bar

Max Verstappen qualified as quickest for the 14th time today. The Red Bull driver scored pole position for tomorrow's Sprint race that will sort out the grid for Sunday's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was the first pole of the season for the Dutch driver and the 75th pole for Red Bull Racing.

Q1 session
After the rain this morning the track had dried out a lot already. When the green light for the 18 minutes we saw a mixed amount of cars fitted with soft and intermediate tyres Pirelli tyres. The first lap time was set by Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes W13 on intermediates. The British driver clocked a 1:27.214 min. His first lap was quicker than both Alfa Romeos who were on slick tyres.

The drivers with slicks on their car improved a lot once they heated up their tyres. Williams driver Alex Albon had a huge problem when his rear right brake disc got heated way to much and even was on fire. After half a lap, it even exploded in turn 14 and caused a red flag with 12:06 min to go, to clean up the track. At that moment 10 drivers didn't even had a lap time on the board. Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll was on top 1:23.419 min. He was +1.174s in front of Valtteri Bottas on P2 in the Alfa Romeo. Third was Max Verstappen at +2.096s in the Red Bull.

The track got quicker fast and the timed tumbled down to below the 1:20's. With 5 minutes to go the drivers who had to improve to get into Q2 were: Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Mick Schumacher (Haas), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Nicholas Latifi (Williams) and Albon.

Schumacher and Magnussen were the only drivers who improved enough to get into Q2. They both pushed out AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda and Alpine driver Esteban Ocon. Hamilton just made it and ended up on P15 with a very thin margin of only 0.004s.

Q2 session
At the start of Q2 dark clouds with rain were approaching the track at the turn 7. All drivers got out as quickly as they could to get in a lap on slicks, before the rain would came down. With 10:42 min to go the session got red flagged again when Ferrari driver crashed out Q2. The Spanish driver lost the rear in turn 18, spun of and hit the barrier with the left side of the car. The impact damaged the front and rear suspension to much to go on.

During the red flag 'break' the expected rain showers had started and the track got too wet to go out on slicks. In the dying moments a few drivers did went out to check out if they could improve, but didn't. Both Mercedes drivers who were 2 sec. slower than Verstappen, who was fastest with a 1:18.793 min lap time, stayed in the garage and couldn't improve. It was the first time since the 2012 Japanese F1 GP that both Mercedes' didn't make it into Q3.

Q3 session
When the final 12 minutes quali session started the rain had stopped. Because the track was quite wet, all cars were fitted with the 'green' intermediate tyres. With 8:51 min. the session got red flagged for the third time, because Kevin Magnussen spun of at turn 12 and almost ended up in the gravel pit. Magnussen showed the world his great driving skills and was able to get back to the pits undamaged. Nobody had put a lap time on the timesheets yet.

Fernando Alonso was the first to get out in the Alpine at the restart and all cars still used the intermediate tyres. With five minutes to go the order was 1. Leclerc, 2. Verstappen, 3. Ricciardo, 4. Norris, 5. Magnussen, 6. Bottas, 7. Vettel, 8. Perez, 9. Alonso and 10. Sainz.

With 3 minutes to go Verstappen was on a hot lap that was quick enough to score pole. The Dutchman had to back off in the third sector, due to yellow flags that were waved when Bottas had parked the Alfa Romeo there. With 2:58 min the session got red flagged for the fourth time to recover the Alfa. Verstappen still managed to be 0.8s faster than Leclerc, who now was second fastest. Norris was third in the McLaren and Magnussen 4th.

Verstappen was in front of Leclerc at the restart and both drivers weren't able to improve, because of yellow flags and another red flag at turn 12 when Norris spun off and got stuck and ended the session.

Last year Bottas was fastest in the Mercedes W12 and clocked a 1:13.609 min.

Quali Times 2022 E. Romagna Sprint

11Max VerstappenRed Bull1:19,2951:18,7931:27,99922
216Charles LeclercFerrari1:18,7961:19,5841:28,77822
34Lando NorrisMcLaren1:20,1681:19,2941:29,13122
420Kevin MagnussenHaas1:20,1471:19,9021:29,16421
514Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:20,1981:19,5951:29,20226
63Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:19,9801:20,0311:29,74221
711Sergio PérezRed Bull1:19,7731:19,2961:29,80825
877Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo1:20,4191:20,1921:30,43923
95Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:20,3641:19,9571:31,06225
1055Carlos SainzFerrari1:19,3051:18,990no time13
1163George RussellMercedes1:20,3831:20,75716
1247Mick SchumacherHaas1:20,4221:20,91616
1344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:20,4701:21,13815
1424Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1:19,7301:21,43416
1518Lance StrollAston Martin1:20,34214
1622Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:20,47411
1710Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:20,73211
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:21,97113
1931Esteban OconAlpine1:22,3389
RT23Alexander AlbonWilliamsno time3

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6 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Qualifying Results 2022 Emilia Romagna Sprint

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    Smart move by Max, only a single yellow, so fair play, but what an interrupted session.
    Sainz had everything under control until he threw away a good starting position chance.
    Perhaps, he should’ve taken fewer risks, although Adami shares some blame.

  2. shroppyfly

    Oh dear , Asked about the incident in his post-qualifying interview, Hamilton said: “That’s all internal stuff, so I won’t share that. But we’ll just keep working. It is what it is, it’s kind of….(shrugs). We’ll just keep working hard. Each weekend’s a rescue.”

    Doing a Ror translate,Heh man , your making me look really bad again, i need my picture took,come on instagramm people, im so cool, A mechanic says there's someone on the phone called Nico who wants a word....

    As for George saying LaLas the captain at Merc , Captain whinge and stropp thats for sure

  3. ReallyOldRacer

    Two comments. First, blatant sarcasm, Lewis who??? Second, it's not fair to criticize someone who cannot respond, but I'm gonna' do it anyway David Croft is the absolute worst F1 commentator in my memory, and that goes all the way back to the 70's when the networks had their stick and ball guys doing the announcing.

    Oh, one more. Kudos to the Haas guys 2d row.


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