F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Verstappen secures pole for Sprint whilst Hamilton FALTERS on rainy Imola

F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Verstappen secures pole for Sprint whilst Hamilton FALTERS on rainy Imola

April 23, 2022

MAX VERSTAPPEN secured pole position for today's Sprint in a dramatic qualifying race in Emilia Romagna.

The Italian managed to successfully navigate his way around a wet Imola which entailed SIX red flags during the course of the day.

Australian Grand Prix winner Charles Leclerc also put himself in a good spot for the sprint by finishing in second.

However, Lewis Hamilton's struggles continue as the 7x World Champion and his Mercedes colleague George Russell were embarrassingly eliminated in Q2.

F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix schedule:

Saturday

  • Sprint – 3.30pm

Sunday

  • Race – 2pm
  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Hamilton on Chelsea

    Lewis Hamilton shared more details after joining Sir Martin Broughton’s bid to buy Chelsea.

    Hamilton added: “I heard about the club being up for sale in the news. Everyone is aware about it. We were contacted and Sir Martin took time to speak to me on the phone and explain his and his team’s goals.

    “If they were to win the bid, which was incredibly exciting, it is very much aligned with my values. Firstly, we are trying to acquire a team and move it forwards. This is a team, it’s all about the community.

    “That’s what really makes a football team, it’s the people in and around it. They’ve been quite leading in their work in diversity and inclusivity and becoming more diverse and progressive.

    “So it’s not that we’re associating ourselves with previous owners, our goal is to continue some of the work that they’ve already done and have even more of an impact and engage more with the community”

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Ben Hunt

    FP2 is done

    Russell is quickest, Perez in P2 and Leclerc in third.

    Hamilton fourth and Verstappen down in 7th place.

    That's practice done. Next up is the 30 minutes sprint race.

  • Ben Hunt

    Sainz gets all messy

    The Ferrari man bunces over the kerbs as he struggles to get to grips with Imola.

    He crashed during practice and will start in 10th place in the sprint race.

    He is sixth quickest so far in final practice.

  • Ben Hunt

    Leclerc moves into second place

    The Ferrari man is back in the mix and is second on the timesheets.

    Still no sight of the McLaren duo.

  • Ben Hunt

    Russell pops up at the top of the leaderboard

    That was a good run from the Mercedes man while Hamilton is now up to third.

    Have Mercedes fixed their issues? This is definitely an improvement.

    Meanwhile, Norris now has a brake problem and is back in the pits.

  • Ben Hunt

    Still no sign of Bottas or Ricciardo

    The two are in the garage as their respective Alfa Romeo and McLaren teams fix their issues.

    Lando Norris has only just done three laps in more bad news for McLaren. Remember, he starts in third place in the sprint.

  • Ben Hunt

    Red Bull looking strong

    Perez leads in the early running. Dry track today after heavy rain the previous day.

    Those lap times will drop as the track cleans up.

  • Ben Hunt

    Lots of support for Ferrari

  • Ben Hunt

    FP2 is Go.

    Green light for this important session before the sprint race.

  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton added: “We always struggled a little bit to get the temperature in the tyre and were always seemingly taking a bigger jump in the second lap, and we saw it in Australia as well when compared to the Alpines and the McLarens, they were first-lap qualifiers.

    "We had to do it on the third lap or even the fifth lap doing the fast-slow-fast consecutive sequence.

    “It was a bit of shame with how the red flags panned out today, but obviously if there is a weekend to not be where we want to be, Sprint weekend is the one to do it. So, it’s not ideal”

  • Kostas Lianos

    More from Hamilton on Imola

    Here is Lewis Hamilton's full statement after faltering on a rainy Imola.

    Hamilton said: “It wasn’t a great session. Yes, naturally it’s disappointing.

    "We come here with optimism, and you know everyone’s working really hard at the factory and things just don’t come together. It’s disappointing. I think we underperformed as a team today.

    “There are things that we should have done that we didn’t do and yes, anyway, we’ll work as hard as we can to move up in the Sprint…

    "It’s going to be a difficult race but hopefully tomorrow’s better weather-wise and who knows? Maybe we can move our way forwards.

    “We’ll just keep working hard… Each weekend’s a rescue”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Hamilton Chelsea interest

    Lewis Hamilton has confirmed his grand plans for Chelsea if Sir Martin Broughton’s takeover bid proves to be successful.

    Hamilton has injected millions of pounds into the offer, and said: “Firstly, we are trying to acquire a team and move it forwards. This is a team, it’s all about the community.

    “That’s what really makes a football team, it’s the people in and around it.

    “They’ve been quite leading in their work in diversity and inclusivity and becoming more diverse and progressive.

    “So it’s not that we’re associating ourselves with previous owners, our goal is to continue some of the work that they’ve already done and have even more of an impact and engage more with the community”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Lewis Hamilton reacts

    Lewis Hamilton only just scraped into 13th place for Saturday's sprint race while team-mate George Russell will start in 11th.

    Hamilton said: "I think we underperformed as a team today.

    "There are things that we should have done that we didn't do.

    "Each weekend is a rescue"

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    Weather report from Imola

    After yesterday's qualifying session was hampered by awful weather conditions, the sun is set to shine for today's sprint race.

    Blue skies are expected in the north of Italy this afternoon, which should make for perfect racing conditions.

    Temperatures at the Emilia Romagna circuit are expected to reach 21-22 degrees celsius.

    However the rain is threatening to return for tomorrow's race.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Wolff comments on bouncing Mercedes

    Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has described the porpoising issues with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell's car like "taking the Easter Bunny" into corners.

    Both drivers have experienced unexplained bouncing in their vehicles.

    And Wolff told Kronen Zeitung: "It's not like you just screw a new part onto the car and your problems are solved. There are no miracles in Formula 1.

    "Ferrari has the advantage with that, because as soon as they stop on the brake the car is neutral. With us, we take the Easter Bunny into the corner.

    "This means the driver has no confidence at all in the fast corners because he doesn't know how the car will react.

    "At the moment we don't know why it's so bad for us, but at the same time I don't think the others know why things are going better for them. For our guys, they can't drive – they're lifting their foot on the straight.

    "Drivers are trained for this but I've never experienced bouncing like this in my life."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Sprint race start time

    Today sees the first sprint race of the season take place at Imola's Emilia Romagna circuit.

    Max Verstappen will start at the top of the grid, with title rival Charles Leclerc alongside him on the front row.

    Lando Norris is third, while Lewis Hamilton is way down in 13th.

    Mercedes team-mate George Russell didn't fare much better either, with the Silver Arrowd newbie starting in 11th place.

    The action is set to get underway at 2.30pm (UK time).

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Hamilton – "Long way to go" in season

    Lewis Hamilton has suggested Mercedes could yet turn things, despite a dire start to the 2022 season.

    There are still 19 races left to run this year, and Hamilton is optimistic Mercedes can sort their problems out before too long.

    He said: "There's a long, long way to go.

    "We have seen, in at least the previous year, how much happens in a season. [There are] still so many races to go, there's still time for us to turn this around.

    "There's still time for us to fix this car and extract the full potential, and that's what I know that all the team are working flat out to try to achieve."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Verstappen hits out at format

    Reigning F1 world champion Max Verstappen isn't a fan of the sprint races.

    The Dutchman took pole position in qualifying yesterday, but today's sprint race means he might not start at the front of the grid on Sunday.

    He admitted: "I’m not a fan of the sprint.

    "It is what it is. Some like it, some don’t."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Vettel hits at retirement

    Sebastian Vettel has hinted that he could retire from F1 at the end of 2022.

    The four-time world champ's Aston Martin contract expires at the end of the current season.

    And when quizzed on his future, Vettel admitted: "I don’t know. No secrets, it will depend on how this year goes and then [I’ll] take it from there.

    "My contract ends at the end of this season. Obviously it’s not the year everyone in the team had hoped for, at least not the start of the season, but I think it would be bad to write it off already.

    "One day there will be a day for all of us when this journey ends and some other journey will start, whatever that might be."

  • Joshua Jones

    Good morning Formula One fans

    F1 World Champion Max Verstappen took pole position for Red Bull in an epic qualifying session at Imola. 

    In second spot, it was Ferrari ace Charles Leclerc who was hampered by a red flag towards the end of the race.

    And McLaren star Lando Norris grabbed the third spot on the grid.

    The podium trio have an average age of 23 years and 310 days.

    While Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished in a lowly 13th place in the proceedings.

    The Brit wasn’t amused with his performance and said: “It wasn’t a great session, naturally it’s disappointing.

    “[You] come here with optimism and you know everyone is working really hard at the factory, and things just don’t come together.

    “It’s disappointing. I think we underperformed as a team today. There are things that we should have done that we didn’t do.”

    Hamilton’s bitter rival Verstappen was pleased with his display on the contrary.

    He said: “It was tricky out there – dry then the rain.

    “It was very slippery to also get the tyre temps to work. It was hectic, a long qualifying.

    “In the end, happy to be here. It is an amazing track and it also really punishes you if you make a mistake, you can go in the wall.

    “That is what we like to make it really hard and difficult, but [I’m] really pleased with pole position.”

    The race didn’t end without a few thrills, and there was five stoppages in the qualifying event, including Norris’ crash at the end.

    Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was also one of the casualties but he still managed to finish in fourth.

    Speaking on his incident, Magnussen said: “I touched the white line and then it was gone, and I thought I was going to hit the wall.

    “I then went into gravel and slowed down quite a lot so I realised, I saw the anti-stall, pulled the clutch while I was still backwards, and then went onto the throttle just enough to get out into that escape road.

    “Yeah, lucky.”

    Racing fans can now look forward to Saturday’s sprint race at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

    It’s the Sprint race’s first appearance of 2022, in what will be the fourth race of the season.

    And for the first time since 2012, there weren't any Mercedes drivers in Q3 as Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell also missed out.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Norris speaks on podium finish

    Lando Norris is ecstatic with his podium finish in today's qualifying.

    He said: "Of course, I am very happy I am top three which is quite a surprise for us but there was a lot left in the lap.

    “I was trying to get the tyres to temperature but I just pushed too hard on the outlap. It was a shame because there was a chance, at least, to maybe have a go at Charles.

    “It is difficult to say because everyone can say they would improve but there was a possibility of us to go forwards even more because the car was feeling good and I was feeling confident so it is a shame it ended like that but a good position for tomorrow.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Verstappen happy with position

    Max Verstappen is happy with taking pole position at qualifying for the Imola GP.

    He said: “It was tricky out there – dry then the rain.

    “It was very slippery to also get the tyre temps to work. It was hectic, a long qualifying.

    “In the end, happy to be here. It is an amazing track and it also really punishes you if you make a mistake, you can go in the wall.

    "That is what we like to make it really hard and difficult, but [I’m] really pleased with pole position.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    An unhappy Leclerc

    Charles Leclerc is unhappy with his second-placed finish.

    He said: "Yes, I’m not happy. Obviously, I think we had the pace – we were very strong all session.

    "Q1, Q2 was all about trying to put a lap together to go to Q3 and then push a bit more, but it was a very tricky session overall, and then in… Q3 it was all about putting everything together."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Hamilton speaks on disappointment

    Lewis Hamilton is disappointed by his performance in today's qualifying session at Imola.

    He said: "It wasn't a great session, naturally it's disappointing," commented the seven-time world champion.

    "[You] come here with optimism and you know everyone is working really hard at the factory, and things just don't come together.

    "It's disappointing. I think we underperformed as a team today. There are things that we should have done that we didn't do."

  • Ben Hunt

    Red Flag. Well, it started. And it stopped again.

    Unbelievable stuff here at Imola as Norris spins off to force a FIFTH red flag.

    The session has been ended (thankfully).

    Norris nudges the wall.

    It ends with Verstappen on pole, Leclerc is second and ironically Norris is third for the Sprint Race.

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