Components 1 2021: Max Verstappen tops remaining follow at Imola to spice up hopes of grabbing pole place

Components 1 2021: Max Verstappen tops remaining follow at Imola to spice up hopes of grabbing pole place

The Purple Bull driver was 0.456 seconds forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris and .557 away from world champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Formula 1 2021: Max Verstappen tops final practice at Imola to boost hopes of grabbing pole position

Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen steers his automotive throughout the free follow for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola. AP

Imola, Italy: Max Verstappen posted the quickest time within the remaining follow for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix to spice up his probabilities of taking pole place later Saturday.

The Purple Bull driver was practically half a second sooner than the remainder of the pack. He was 0.456 seconds forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris and .557 away from world champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Mercedes led the 2 follow classes on Friday with Valtteri Bottas quickest in each, simply forward of Hamilton as Purple Bull endured a troublesome begin to the weekend.

Verstappen’s second follow lasted simply 10 minutes after a driveshaft drawback.

Bottas was solely eighth-fastest on Saturday, practically a second slower than Verstappen.

The Emilia-Romagna GP is the second race of the Components One season. Hamilton received the opener in Bahrain final month, simply forward of Verstappen after an exhilarating duel.

That race was successfully determined when Verstappen overtook Hamilton however went too large on a flip and off the observe limits. He was informed by his workforce to present Hamilton the place again.

Monitor limits might additionally pose an issue at Imola as a number of drivers had their occasions deleted after working large on Flip 9.

Saturday’s follow was briefly red-flagged after Nicholas Latifi misplaced management on the Villeneuve chicane and slid via the gravel and into the obstacles.

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