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Lando Norris returns to McLaren HQ after Miami Grand Prix triumph

Formula 1 returns to Europe for the first time this season as the iconic Imola circuit hosts the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend.

Lando Norris claimed a stunning win – his first in F1 – last time out in Miami, beating Max Verstappen after a perfectly timed safety car and securing McLaren’s first win since September 2021.

Nonetheless, Verstappen still has a healthy 33-point lead in the drivers’ championship to Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in third following another podium in Miami.

There’s work to do for Lewis Hamilton, though, who is enduring his worst-ever start to an F1 season, currently languishing down in ninth. Last year’s race at Imola was cancelled due to heavy flooding in the region, while Verstappen triumphed in 2022 and 2021.

Follow latest updates from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with The Independent

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Lando Norris:

“P3 is not a bad job at all, within a tenth of P1, tiny margins! We’ve had a very good weekend so far, exciting – we’re close, can’t wait for tomorrow.

“We’re getting closer, to be ahead of Ferrari is a nice result for us. It’s going to be close and a good race tomorrow. It’s tough when the lap times are so tight, it will be a tough race.”

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 16:39

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Oscar Piastri:

“Scruffy last corner but really happy, I’ve been really comfortable with the car. Very close to the pole but it’s been a little while since I’ve been up there.

“We’ll see what we can do, we’ve been on the pace all weekend. You can’t count out Max and Red Bull as we’ve seen but confidence is high.”

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 16:26

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Max Verstappen:

“I’m incredibly happy to be on pole, didn’t expect that. We made some changes before qualifying.. I’m still pumping, adrenaline!

“Great start to the year.”

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 16:18

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TOP-10 FOR THE EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX:

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 16:11

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Max Verstappen on pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix!

Verstappen went even quicker – 1:14:746!

“Let’s go! A really good pole position! We’ve turned it around, that’s fantastic – really happy!”

Oscar Piastri is the closest man to him, a tenth behind, with Lando Norris third.

Disappointment for Ferrari, fourth and fifth.

Top-10: Verstappen, Piastri, Norris, Leclerc, Sainz, Russell, Tsunoda, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 16:04

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All the cars come out now!

Here we go then – they all come out for their second runs, all on new softs!

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 15:57

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Max Verstappen quickest after first set of runs

It’s tight… but it’s still Max!

Verstappen fastest with a 1:14:869, 0.073 secs quicker than Lando Norris in second! Charles Leclerc two-tenths further back in third.

4-10: Piastri, Sainz, Russell, Tsunoda, Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo

It’s going to take something special from the frontrunners to beat Max’s time!

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 15:56

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Q3 underway!

Here we go then – who will take pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix?!

10 drivers involved: Verstappen, Sainz, Leclerc, Norris, Piastri, Hamilton, Russell, Tsunoda, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 15:51

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George Russell:

“I don’t know why you put us on a used set at the start, piles on the pressure for that last lap.”

Still, he’s though to Q3!

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 15:46

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Sergio Perez out in Q2!

Daniel Ricciardo in 10th and Sergio Perez cannot beat the Aussie’s time!

Bottom-five and out in Q2 (11-15): Perez, Ocon, Stroll, Albon, Gasly

Russell and Hamilton squeeze through in P8 and P9.

“What a mess” Perez says!

TOP-3: Verstappen, Leclerc, Tsunoda

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 15:43

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