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2021 F1

Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole for title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP

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Max Verstappen wins F1 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Max Verstappen beats his championship competitors Lewis Hamilton to pole position for title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Aggressive Verstappen made a perfect flying lap on the first phase of the Q3 to claim pole for his first F1 title. Hamilton, seeking a historic eighth world title, was favourite to secure the final pole of 2021 after brilliant practice performance.

McLaren ace Lando Norris was made shocking third place to start on the second row alongside Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.’

Ferrari speedy Carlos Sainz set fifth place on the grid and at last Hamilton’s leaving Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in a disappointing sixth.

F1’s rules states that drivers start on the tyres used to set their fastest lap in qualifying Q2. Hamilton used the more durable, but less grippy, yellow strip medium tyre for race start, but Verstappen set his using the less durable, but grippier, red strip soft tyre.

I felt good on both tyres – Max

“This is of course what we wanted but never easy with their form from the last few races. Max said following qualifying.

“Now I’m just looking forward to tomorrow because that’s the most important.

“I felt good on both tyres. Naturally now in the evening it’s a bit cooler so it should be a bit easier for the soft tyres, but we’ll see tomorrow. It’s very important to have a good start and from there onwards we just try to do our race to the very best, then we’ll see where we end up.”

That was a fantastic lap from Max – Hamilton

“Max did a great lap today. We just couldn’t compete with that time at the end there. It was looking really strong through practice. Hamilton said on the post-qualifying Q&A

“That was a fantastic lap from him. We’re in a good position with our tyres for tomorrow and I hope we can have a good race.”

P3 was a bit of a surprise – Norris

“I went for pole, didn’t quite work out. It was a nice lap. To be in P3 was a bit of a surprise. Norris said.

“I’m a bit nervous. I want to stay where I am and just watch everything unfold over the first few laps or even the whole race, but I also don’t want really to get involved too much because it can cause a lot of controversy.

“I’ll do my best and if I get a chance I’ll go for it

Red Bull boss Christian Horner was delighted after Verstappen secured pole for the season decider.

“We discussed the slipstream this morning. We lowered the downforce, it was the only way of matching these guys on the straights,” Horner said.

“After Q1, I thought those kind of times Lewis was knocking in, we can’t do that. Q2 came more towards us.

“Both runs in Q3 were exceptional and of course that tow, Sergio working with his teammate to give him that tow down the two straights was absolutely perfect teamwork today.

“That’s one of Max’s best laps of the year.”

Sky F1’s Nico Rosberg thinks we’re in for a thrilling race tomorrow, saying: “The race is on.

“Having Lewis behind on a tyre that’s better over a certain stint is not the thing you want to have when you’re fighting for a championship.

“The pressure on Verstappen in the race in the first stint tomorrow, it’s going to be good.”

“This guy just delivered something magical. That’s it. It just comes down to that.

“As Max said, the interesting thing is he didn’t want to be on the soft for tomorrow. That’s what keeps it full of suspense for tomorrow.”

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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2022 F1

Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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