It has been more than a decade since F1 last visited Imola racecourse and organized a race. Because of that, the return this time makes all the racers strive to be a part of the history of the racetrack as well as the tournament.
In the 75th leg starting for Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas won the 15th pole (for the German racing team) in his career and was the first of his personal pole with the silver arrow at Imola.
In the past, he has transformed 5 out of 14 poles into final victory. Lewis Hamilton ranked No. 2, bringing the 74th leg of the first Mercedes lock in history. Hamilton has always ranked 1st, or 2nd in all Q3 runs this year.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull) had 6th out of the last 10 races, ranked third. Meanwhile, another driver of the bullshit, excellent Pierre Gasly got 4th place, being the highest ranking for AlphaTauri since Sebastian Vettel won the pole for them (then Toro Rosso) at Monza in 2008.
The Italian team, which has officially confirmed Gasly for the 2021 season, has never been in the top four Saturday at any other race since their time as Minardi.
4th place is the best ranking achievement of the French driver, when he had at Red Bull in the German GP stage 2019. Team-mate Daniil Kvyat entered Q3 for the second time in the last 28 races, last time was in Mexico City 2019.
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) has the fourth start in the top 5 this season with 5th place. Ricciardo is above teammate Esteban Ocon (12th) for the 11th consecutive leg.
Charles Leclerc started 7th, the last time he was in this position was at the Austrian GP 2020, where he finished second. At McLaren, Lando Norris for the second time ranked above Carlos Sainz in the last 8 legs.
Sergio Perez (Racing Point) for the first time this year (in dry weather) was eliminated from Q2 when he lost only his 10th record by 0.01 seconds. George Russell (Williams) maintained his performance for the 8th time to reach the second quarter, and had the second consecutive leg ranked above Vettel (Ferrari) when the German driver’s fastest lap was removed due to running over the limit of the track. Vettel was eliminated in Q2 for the 9th consecutive leg.