Lewis Hamilton will face pressure from both Red Bull cars as he starts on pole position at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in the second race of the Formula One season. Hamilton held off Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen to secure the 99th pole position of his career by just 0.035 seconds on Saturday, and is set to be challenged from the start at Imola in northern Italy by the pace of Red Bull.
The seven-time world champion battled with Verstappen in the opening race of the season in Bahrain last month, eventually holding off the Dutchman in a thrilling ending that set the tone for what promises to be a gripping and competitive 2021 campaign. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly start in fourth and fifth, while Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas lines up in eighth in a race that is set to give us a further indication of the validity of Red Bull and Verstappen’s title challenge this year.
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