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Emilia Romagna qualifying facts and stats: Gasly gives AlphaTauri best grid slot since 2008

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IMOLA, ITALY - OCTOBER 31: Fourth placed qualifier Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia AlphaTauri

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.

IMOLA, ITALY - OCTOBER 31: Pole position qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77)

Bottas had to work hard to beat Hamilton to pole, with just 0.097s the margin

• 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.

READ MORE: Gasly dedicates P4 at Imola to Senna after equalling best ever qualifying performance

• 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.

IMOLA, ITALY - OCTOBER 30: Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto embraces Charles Leclerc

It was another team boss-pleasing performance from Leclerc

• 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.

IMOLA, ITALY - OCTOBER 31: Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy driving the (99) Alfa Romeo Racing C39

Giovinazzi had the dubious honour of being slowest on his home track

• 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.

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