Formula1: Verstappen on pole in Imola, Leclerc fourth, Sainz fifth


By John

Max Verstappen, on Red Bull, will start in pole position in the Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. With a time of 1'14''746, the Dutchman preceded the McLarens Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris. Fourth and fifth were the Ferraris Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

«It was a difficult weekend, which is why I'm happy with the pole position. We made some last minute changes after free practice this morning and it seems to have worked. I felt much more comfortable and could have pushed a little harder.” So Max Verstappen after the pole position in Imola, his 65th in his career but above all the eighth in a row, which leads him to equal a record that belongs to Ayrton Senna on the very track where the Brazilian champion died 30 years ago. «This circuit is incredible – added Verstappen -. To be at the limit I hit the gravel in the last corner and my heart is still pumping. The adrenaline is at its peak.”