Max Verstappen on pole at Imola: “I didn’t expect it”

In difficulty during Free Practice, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) came out of the woods during qualifying to beat the McLarens of Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris.

Published on 18/05/2024 à 17:17

Valentin GLO

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Max Verstappen on pole at Imola: “I didn’t expect it”

Photo: Xavi Bonilla / DPPI

In delicacy since the start of the weekend, Max Verstappen seemed likely to be beaten in the flying lap exercise at Imola this Saturday. He finally made everyone agree in Q3, remaining undefeated in qualifying this season.

« It was a very difficult weekend until this morning, confessed the three-time world champion after his performance. I'm incredibly happy to be in pole position. I did not expect that. We made some last minute changes, the car was more pleasant to drive. This allowed me to attack harder. This track is truly incredible when you are at the limit in qualifying. I hit the gravel in the last turn, my heart is still beating hard! »

As a symbol, with this eighth consecutive pole position, Max Verstappen equals the record of Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna, who died on this circuit 30 years ago. “ I'm very happy to take pole here, it's a great way to honor his memory, him who was a great driver on the qualifying laps. It's a great day for me and the team. »

At the start this Sunday, the Dutchman will have to contain both McLaren byOscar piastri et Lando Norris. The Woking team remains an impressive victory in Miami thanks to its British driver. Will the two teammates be able to make life difficult for the pilot? Red Bull ? Start of response this Sunday from 15:00 p.m. for the start of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, to be followed live with commentary on AUTOhebdo.fr.

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Valentin GLO

Journalist. Endurance reporter (WEC, IMSA, ELMS, ALMS) and sometimes F1 or IndyCar.

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