Lewis Hamilton is on pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with Sergio Pérez second and Max Verstappen third.

Qualifying began with Mick Schumacher going out first followed by his teammate Nikita Mazepin, both on the soft compound. The German was first to set a lap time, it being 1:16.806, with his Russian teammate exactly one second behind with a lap time of 1:17.806.

The session was then red flagged with 12 minutes to go, as Yuki Tsunoda crashed at turn 15 into the tire barriers after losing control of the car trying to correct off the corner.

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 17: Yuki Tsunoda of Japan and Scuderia AlphaTauri climbs out of his car after a crash during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 17, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Green flag conditions resumed after a few minutes of track clean-up. Pérez was first to set the fastest lap after the restart with a time of 1:15.744 with the same set of soft tires he had fitted at the start; however, his lap time was deleted for exceeding lap limits.

Valtteri Bottas (SOFT) was the first car to go into the 1:14s, setting a lap time of 1:14.926, with Lando Norris (SOFT) behind by a gap of +0.083s, and Verstappen (SOFT) third by a gap of +0.183s.

Mazepin had issues while setting a flying lap; he had a moment at the Villeneuve section, touching the gravel. Surprisingly, the Russian did not spin.

In the end, it was Valtteri Bottas topping Q1 with a time of 1:14.672, with his teammate Lewis Hamilton behind by a gap of +0.151s and Lando Norris third by a gap of +0.337s.

Drivers out in Q1:

PositionDriverTeamGap
16Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo+1.302s
17Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+1.450s
18Mick SchumacherHaas+1.607s
19Nikita MazepinHaas+2.125s
20Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauriNO TIME

The second qualifying session got underway with both Mercedes going out in the Medium compound. Bottas set a lap time of 1:15.098s but was quickly beaten by his teammate Lewis Hamilton whose lap time was 1:14.817, with Verstappen (MEDIUM) placing second by a gap of +0.067 to the Briton.

Norris (SOFT) then went on to set the fastest lap time of the session with a 1:14.718s, +0.99s ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

In the end, it was Sergio Pérez (SOFT) who set the fastest lap of Q2 with a time of 1:14.716s, with Norris (SOFT) behind by a gap of +0.002s and Leclerc (SOFT) third by a gap of +0.092s.

Drivers out in Q2:

PositionDriverTeamGap
11Carlos SainzFerrari+0.483s
12George RussellWilliams+0.545s
13Sebastian VettelAston Martin+0.678s
14Nicholas LatifiWilliams+0.877s
15Fernando AlonsoAlpine+0.877s

Lando Norris (SOFT) was the first to set a competitive lap on Q3 with a time of 1:14.875s. His time was quickly beaten by Lewis Hamilton (SOFT) as he set a 1:14.411s lap, with Verstappen (SOFT) behind by +0.091s and then Pérez moving to third by a gap of +0.254s.

In the end, it was Lewis Hamilton (SOFT) taking pole position, with Sergio Perez (SOFT) second by a gap of +0.035s and Max Verstappen (SOFT) third by a gap of +0.087s.

Qualifying top 10:

PositionDriverTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:14.411
2Sergio PerezRed Bull+0.035s
3Max VerstappenRed Bull+0.087s
4Charles LeclercFerrari+0.329s
5Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+0.379s
6Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+0.415s
7Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.464s
8Valtteri BottasMercedes+0.487s
9Esteban OconAlpine+0.799s
10Lance StrollAston MartinNO TIME

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