Emilia Romagna qualifying facts and stats: Gasly gives AlphaTauri best grid slot since 2008
Formula 1 hasn’t visited Imola in well over a decade, but its return is already proving popular with drivers and fans alike. So what numbers did Saturday’s session throw up to add to the famous venue’s history books?
• Today was Valtteri Bottas’ 15th career pole position – he has converted 5 of the previous 14 into wins.
• With team mate Lewis Hamilton 2nd, it was Mercedes’ 74th front-row lockout.
• Lewis Hamilton has been 1st or 2nd in every Q3 session this year.
• Max Verstappen is 3rd on the grid for the 6th time in the last 10 races.
• Pierre Gasly's 4th is the best qualifying result for AlphaTauri since Sebastian Vettel was on pole for the team (then Toro Rosso) at Monza 2008.
• The team – who have just reconfirmed Gasly for next season – have never been in the top 4 on the grid in any other event since their Minardi days.
• Gasly’s P4 matches his previous career-best start of 4th for Red Bull at the 2019 German GP.
• Team mate Daniil Kvyat made it into Q3 for only the 2nd time in the last 28 races, the last being Mexico 2019.
• Daniel Ricciardo’s P5 result gives him his 4th top-5 start of the season.
• Ricciardo out-qualified team mate Esteban Ocon (P12) for the 11th consecutive race.
• Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc qualified 7th – the last time he started in that position, at the 2020 Austrian GP, he finished 2nd.
• At McLaren, Lando Norris out-qualified team mate Carlos Sainz for only the 2nd time in the last 8 Grands Prix.
• Racing Point’s Sergio Perez – currently without a drive for 2020 – failed to reach Q3 for the first time this year in dry weather, the Mexican missing the cut by just 0.010s.
• Williams’ George Russell – who will stay with the team next year – reached Q2 for the 8th time in the last 12 races – he has now out-qualified his team mate in 34 consecutive races.
• Russell also out-qualified Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for the 2nd consecutive weekend, with Vettel having had his quickest Q2 time deleted for exceeding track limits.
• Vettel failed to reach Q3 for a 9th consecutive race.
• Both Haas drivers went out in Q1 for the 7th time in 2020, with Romain Grosjean now leading team mate Kevin Magnussen 7-6 in their qualifying head-to-head. Both have been dropped from the team for next year.
• It’s also 7-6 in the Alfa Romeo team mates’ head-to-head, with Kimi Raikkonen leading Antonio Giovinazzi. Both have been retained for next year.
• Giovinazzi was the slowest qualifier for only the 2nd time this year. He was also slowest at the Spanish GP.