Emilia Romagna GP qualifying LIVE: Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battle for pole

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Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying takes place this afternoon as Lewis Hamilton looks to reassert Mercedes dominance over Red Bull at Imola. Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix in what is generally thought to be a slower car than the Red Bulls.

Qualifying preview

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are excited to be the ‘hunters’ rather than the dominant car in F1 so far this season.

“You can see that Red Bull currently are ahead and we are the hunters,” Hamilton told Sky F1.

“I think we like that position. I like it. That’s what I started out with back when I was racing karts at Rye House.

“It’s nothing new for me and it’s definitely exciting.”

Bottas agreed, saying: “We are behind. I don’t feel pressure, I feel excitement and motivation.

“We are the hunters, not the ones being hunted. I can definitely see the motivation in each team member’s eyes.”

“We’re under no illusions that we having to chase,” explained Hamilton.

“We are on the back foot slightly. But I still think we’re the best team.

“As it’s shown in the last race, there’s so many elements to having the best team, not just having the best car.”


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