Throughout the weekend of Imola Grand Prix, the team Mercedes, with Valtteri Bottas, was the great dominator. However, the Red bull, with Czech Pérez at the head they were much better during the day on Saturday. The pole position achieved by Lewis hamilton in qualy on Saturday it was not the real performance of the Mercedes during the day. That is why the British assured that «I did not expect it«.
Pérez was able to improve his performance in qualifying, something that had been holding him back throughout the 2020 season and that hurt him in the first round of this year. After finishing first in the Q2, the option to obtain his first pole position in the Formula 1, it was a reality. So much so, that he will start second this Sunday, although he was less than a tenth of Hamilton.
Hamilton was ‘happy’ to see the energy drinks team. This Sunday he will be harassed by Checo and nothing more and nothing less than Max verstappen. The Dutchman could not stay above Hamilton in Qualy, so he will battle with his teammate to win the best place in Sunday’s race.
I did not expect pole
«The day has been great. I did not expect to be ahead of the two Red Bulls, “Hamilton told the media after qualifying on Saturday. The seven-time champion assured that he “loves challenges”, referring to what awaits him this Sunday at the start. Red Bull will look for the first victory of the year, and to be able to place itself at the top of the Constructors’ championship.
“Sometimes they were up to 6 tenths ahead, but today my car felt much better. I have great respect for my team, because they have worked very hard to reduce that disadvantage. It’s great that the Red Bulls are finally there. They have a great race pace, ”said the seven-time Formula 1 champion in the run-up to the Imola Grand Prix.
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