F1 Starting Grid 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Start time: 15:00 CET | 14:00 UK | 06:00 LA | 22:00 Tokio
Lewis Hamilton will start from pole for the 99th time tomorrow. The British driver out classified pole favourite and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman made an error in the beginning of the final lap of Q3. Verstappen did drive the quickest second sector but wasn't quick enough overall and even had to settle for P3 behind his teammate Sergio Perez.
The Mexican driver will start from front row and P2 for the first time in his 11th F1 season. Afterwards he said he didn't expect to be that quick in his second race.
Perez will start on the red soft tyres tomorrow while Hamilton and Verstappen will start on the medium compound. This could be an advantage for Perez to take the lead into turn 2.
F1 Starting Grid 2021 E. Romagna GP
|Pos||No||Driver||Team||Lap Time||Pole gap||Tyres|
|1||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1:14,411||M (C3)|
|2||11||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull||1:14,446||+0,035s||S (C4)|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:14,498||+0,087s||M (C3)|
|4||16||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||1:14,740||+0,329s||S (C4)|
|5||10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||1:14,790||+0,379s||S (C4)|
|6||3||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||1:14,826||+0,415s||S (C4)|
|7||4||Lando Norris||McLaren||1:14,875||+0,464s||S (C4)|
|8||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||1:14,898||+0,487s||M (C3)|
|9||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine||1:15,210||+0,799s||S (C4)|
|10||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||no time||-||S (C4)|
|11||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1:15,199||+0,788s|
|13||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1:15,394||+0,983s|
|16||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo||1:15,974||+1,563s|
|17||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1:16,122||+1,711s|
|20||22||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||no time||-|
2021 Imola F1 GP Race Strategy
The 63-lap race is almost certain to be a one-stopper for most drivers, for three main reasons. Firstly, it's hard to overtake around the narrow confines of Imola; secondly, the pit lane time loss is high at nearly half a minute; thirdly, the wear and degradation on the tyres is reasonably low.
A two-stopper will definitely be slower, so the teams will look to avoid that if possible. Track position is key and steering clear of traffic is important, so the timing of the stop will be critical. An advantage can often be gained by 'undercutting' direct rivals, so the selected strategy has to consider this as well.
A more detailed strategy prediction infographic, with likely compounds and stint lengths, will be distributed tomorrow morning.
2021 Emilia Romagna F1 GP Race Notes
- Qualifying tyre strategy: a total of five cars used the P Zero Yellow medium tyre in the decisive Q2 session, which determines the starting tyres for the grid, with both Mercedes and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen using it to set their best times. The two Williams drivers also used the medium, but qualified out of the top 10. The other seven in the top 10 of the grid will start on the P Zero Red soft tyre tomorrow. As usual, everyone else from P11 downwards has a free choice of tyres.
- With Hamilton starting from pole and Verstappen starting third, two of the top three will start using the medium tyre on the rubbered-in 'clean' side of the track: with the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez in between them on soft rubber but starting on the 'dirty' side.
- Weather. Although conditions at Imola have been consistently cool in free practice, track temperatures became warmer during qualifying to peak at more than 30 degrees centigrade. Cool conditions similar to Friday are expected tomorrow, as well as the risk of rain.
- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the weekend so far (on his first Q3 run) while McLaren's Lando Norris had a front-row time deleted due to a track limits infringement.
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