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Verstappen equals Senna’s Imola pole record

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The Red Bull three-time and reigning world champion’s dominance in qualifying drew him level with Senna’s run of eight poles, poignantly three decades after the late great Brazilian’s tragic death at the Italian circuit in 1994.

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen competes during the qualifying session of Emilia Romagna Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari race track in Imola on May 18, 2024. Picture: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC, AFP

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands secured his eighth consecutive pole position in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on Saturday to equal the record of Brazilian great Ayrton Senna.

The Red Bull three-time and reigning world champion’s dominance in qualifying drew him level with Senna’s run of eight poles, poignantly three decades after the late great Brazilian’s tragic death at the Italian circuit in 1994.

Young Australian scar Piastri’s McLaren will start the race alongside the unstoppable Dutchman on Sunday after posting the second fastest time in a tight qualifying session.

The Australian’s teammate Lando Norris, winner last time out in Miami, posted the third best time to fill the second row alongside the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

Carlos Sainz in the other Ferrari will set off on the third row with the Mercedes of George Russell for company.

Yuki Tsunoda’s RB, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (RB), and Nico Hulkenberg (Haas) rounded out the top 10.

The glaring absentee from the first five rows was the Red Bull of Sergio Perez, who went out in the second qualifying session, the Mexican muttering “what a mess” on the team radio.

Verstappen leads Perez by 33 points in the drivers’ standings ahead of this first race of the season in Europe.

AFP

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