Event: Emilia Romagna F1 GP
Track: Autodromo Imola

Warm-up lap starts at: 15:00 Local | 15:00 CET | 14:00 UK | 06:00 LA | 22:00 Tokio

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18 , and the rest of the field at the start during the Emilia Romagna GP at Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari on Saturday April 23, 2022 in imola, Italy. (Photo by Zak Mauger / LAT Images)

The first Sprint qualifying race was much more fun than all Sprints combined from last season. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen messed up at the start, but stayed close enough behind Charles Leclerc's Ferrari on P2. Verstappen waited like a predator until Leclerc's tyres warn out to attack him to get back to P1.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen converted pole into sprint victory on P Zero Red soft tyres, having overtaken Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who got past him at the start, with three laps to go. Verstappen will start tomorrow’s grand prix from first on the grid and scores eight extra points.

Most selected the soft tyre for the 21-lap race, with only the Haas duo and Williams driver Nicholas Latifi choosing the P Zero Yellow medium. The drivers used the hour-long free practice session earlier today to get their first taste of the slick tyres and assess their options for the sprint and grand prix, with Mercedes driver George Russell going quickest in FP2 on the soft.

The sprint got underway at 4.30pm in temperatures of 22 degrees ambient and 27 degrees on track, remaining dry from start to finish.

Today was also the first opportunity to see the performance gaps between the three nominated slick compounds. Although there is limited information available, the gap between the soft and medium compounds seems to be around 0.4 seconds, with the difference between medium and P Zero White hard estimated at approximately one second.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Emilia Romagna GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time
11Max VerstappenRed Bull30:39.567
216Charles LeclercFerrari+2.975s
311Sergio PérezRed Bull+4.721s
455Carlos SainzFerrari+17.578s
54Lando NorrisMcLaren+24.561s
63Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+27.740s
777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+28.133s
820Kevin MagnussenHaas+30.712s
914Fernando AlonsoAlpine+32.278s
1047Mick SchumacherHaas+33.773s
1163George RussellMercedes+36.284s
1222Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+38.298s
135Sebastian VettelAston Martin+40.177s
1444Lewis HamiltonMercedes+41.459s
1518Lance StrollAston Martin+42.910s
1631Esteban OconAlpine+43.517s
1710Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+43.794s
1823Alexander AlbonWilliams+48.871s
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams+52.017s
2024Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo-

2022 Emilia Romagna F1 GP Race Strategy

There’s less data than usual on the slick tyres heading into the 63-lap race tomorrow, which makes it more complex to predict the strategy. But if it stays dry, we should be looking at a one-stopper as it’s not especially easy to overtake at Imola and there’s a big time loss of 28 seconds, which is the longest of the season. So prioritising track position is likely to be the main consideration.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

The most versatile way is to start on the medium. This leaves the most options open as there’s a wide pit stop window on this tyre, giving the possibility to then switch to the hard tyre at the right moment. Those wanting a more focussed strategy could choose to start on the soft tyre and then switch to the hard but that is less flexible. As usual the weather (and therefore the actual wear and degradation rates) encountered on race day will be decisive.

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5 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Starting Grid 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    You are probably sick of my MSC references, but he is starting right on the tail pf the best drivers in our sport, and ahead of two multi time WDC's. If there was a Sprint DOD, he's it. C'mon, Mick, POINTS.


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