Nico Rosberg has Ferrari ‘worry’ after Max Verstappen beats Charles Leclerc to Imola pole

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MAX VERSTAPPEN will line up on pole place for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after he beat Charles Leclerc in Saturday’s dash race.

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Nico Rosberg has warned Sunday’s race could possibly be ‘tough’ for Ferrari and Charles Leclerc as Max Verstappen took victory within the dash. The 2016 champion claimed the Ferrari’s tyre degradation was ‘very large’ on the finish of the race which handed Verstappen a bonus.

Within the closing levels, the Dutchman was in a position to shut on Leclerc by round two-tenths per lap because the Ferrari’s tyres struggled for grip. Rosberg informed Sky Sports activities F1: “That definitely is kind of a fear for Ferrari as a result of the tyre degradation was very large on the finish there and the lap time distinction between the 2 was fairly vital.

“That can make it tough for them tomorrow. And Verstappen, that’s simply typical, so relentless and that’s the reason he’s a type of guys that you just least wish to see in your rear views rears going greater and greater as a result of that man goes assault giving it 100 per cent.”

Verstappen was overwhelmed off the road by Leclerc and initially appeared to wrestle to maintain up with the present championship chief.

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Nico Rosberg has Ferrari 'worry' after Max Verstappen beats Charles Leclerc to Imola pole

Nico Rosberg has warned Charles Leclerc over his tyre points (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)

The hole was steady at simply over a second earlier than the Ferrari began to select up some tyre degradation. This enabled the reigning champion to seek out the Monegasque with a handful of laps remaining.

He ultimately made the transfer stick at Tamburello with two laps to go and managed to tug away to safe the win. After the race, Leclerc identified Ferrari’s drawback and warned it was one thing the staff would tackle.

He stated: “It is nonetheless a front-row begin. We struggled with the tyres on the finish, so we have to analyse that for tomorrow. We have to be sure that we’re prepared.

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Nico Rosberg has Ferrari 'worry' after Max Verstappen beats Charles Leclerc to Imola pole

Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc battled for the win on Saturday (Picture: Twitter / F1)

“The tempo was good till then, we began to have some draining on the entrance left and misplaced it in the direction of the top. That is life, we’ll go to work and are available again stronger tomorrow.”

Verstappen added: “Yeah the beginning was actually unhealthy, I do not know why, perhaps an excessive amount of wheelspin. I feel Charles ran out of tyres, at this time it labored out for us to be on this compound however I do not find out about tomorrow.

“I am after all completely happy about at this time, however tomorrow is likely to be a bit completely different.”

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