McLaren hot shot Lando Norris was a matter of inches away from third place in qualifying but pole sitter Lewis Hamilton has sent him a message.
Lando Norris may be able to challenge his fellow Brit.
The second round of the 2021 F1 season is here with historic Imola ready to take centre stage for the second straight season.
It’s a track that has fond memories for Aussie star Daniel Ricciardo, who claimed his second podium of the season at the track last year, but he will start the race from the third row of the grid, one place ahead of teammate Lando Norris.
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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is on pole ahead of Red Bull pair Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen, after a heartbreaking finish to qualifying saw Lando Norris’ time erased.
The race starts at 11pm AEST.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Starting Grid
Row 1: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
Row 2: Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Row 3: Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
Row 4: Lando Norris (McLaren) – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Row 5: Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Row 6: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – George Russell (Williams)
Row 7: Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
Row 8: Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
Row 9: Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) – Mick Schumacher (Haas)
Row 10: Nikita Mazepin (Haas) – Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
'Move on': Hamilton's message to F1 hot shot
Pole was won by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton but his teammate Valtteri Bottas is way back in eighth, and he's surrounded by Red Bull drivers after Sergio Perez outqualified Max Verstappen.
But while he has plenty to think about himself with the race coming up, Hamilton send his countryman a classy message on Instagram.
To the photo, Hamilton posted: "Nobody can knock you for giving it your all. Amazing lap, it’s great to see you and the team shine. Move on, let’s race".
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