Three Honda-powered cars will start in the top five at Imola as Red Bull Racing agonisingly missed out on pole position with both cars by less than 0.1s. After a strong performance throughout the weekend, we unfortunately lost one car in Q1 when Yuki crashed early on in the Scuderia AlphaTauri.
Yuki was on his first timed lap of the qualifying session when he tried to catch a snap of oversteer in the middle of the Variante Alta, but the car swapped ends just as it looked like he had gathered it up and he went backwards into the barrier, sustaining heavy damage. That brought out the red flags for nearly ten minutes while the car was recovered, and means Yuki will have to start from the back of the grid.
After that incident, the other three Honda-powered cars all progressed comfortably into Q2, where Sergio set the pace as the trio also advanced into the final part of qualifying without alarm. While Sergio and Pierre were on soft tyres, Max progressed on mediums and they will start on those compounds tomorrow.
That pace was a sign of things to come as Sergio was extremely quick in Q3, as the two Red Bulls chased Lewis Hamilton who was on provisional pole. Sergio’s final lap saw him fall just 0.035s short but secured the first front row start of his career, while Max made a mistake at the first chicane and had to settle for third, 0.087s away from pole
Pierre was also in the mix as he secured fifth on the grid and was only 0.379s from the fastest time himself, missing out on a place on the second row by 0.050s in an extremely competitive session.