Max Verstappen reacts to ‘hectic’ qualifying after stealing pole for Emilia Romagna GP

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MAX VERSTAPPEN will begin on pole place for tomorrow’s dash race after a tough session in Imola.

Max Verstappen reacts to 'hectic' qualifying after stealing pole for Emilia Romagna GP

Max Verstappen secured pole after a busy qualifying session (Picture: Twitter / F1)

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Max Verstappen stated his Imola pole was difficult” after a “hectic” qualifying session which concerned 5 purple flags. The Dutchman managed to set the quickest lap moments earlier than a purple flag to pip Charles Leclerc on Ferrari’s house turf.

He stated: “It was difficult on the market, dry, rain, very slippery. It was hectic, an extended qualifying however on the finish I am very completely satisfied to be right here. It is an ideal observe, I do know tomorrow and Sunday will probably be totally different by way of climate situations however an ideal begin to the weekend.

“Our first races didn’t go to plan.” It’s the reigning champion’s first pole place of the 2022 season however Purple Bull’s second after Sergio Perez was quickest in Saudi Arabia.

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Max Verstappen reacts to 'hectic' qualifying after stealing pole for Emilia Romagna GP

Max Verstappen set his lap moments earlier than a purple flag (Picture: F1 / Twitter )

Verstappen was on provisional pole place with minutes to spare earlier than a purple flag after Valtteri Bottas stopped within the final sector. The Dutchman lifted off the accelerator when he noticed the yellow flags however was nonetheless capable of go seven-tenths quicker than Leclerc moments earlier than the purple flag was introduced out.

He outlined this to his race engineer seconds later, including: “I did a large elevate when the yellow flags got here out.” Workforce principal Christian Horner confirmed the crew had been glad together with his ease when he spoke to Sky Sports activities F1 moments later.

The session was restarted with a couple of minutes remaining however a Lando Norris spun at Acqua Minerali which introduced out one other purple flag. With lower than a minute left on the clock, the FIA confirmed the session wouldn’t restart which means Verstappen remained quickest. 

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I did a large elevate when the yellow flags got here out.

Max Verstappen reacts to 'hectic' qualifying after stealing pole for Emilia Romagna GP

It is Verstappen’s first pole place of the 2022 season (Picture: Getty)

Horner praised his driver after securing Purple Bull’s seventy fifth pole in F1 however raised considerations for tomorrow’s dash race. 

He stated: “He did a brilliant job, It was an uncommon qualifying and the one lap that turned out to have counted was the one lap that we banked. It appears to be like possibly on the finish there the circuit would possibly go fast once more bur there was an excessive amount of rain for anytime to reply after which one other purple flag.”

He added: “Now the problem will probably be what are they going to do tomorrow. We’ve got obtained to get a superb begin, we’ve obtained to transform it. If you happen to have a look at the relative tempo of our automobile we’re very fast in sector one, they’re fairly fast in sector two and sector three in all fairness even.”  

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