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Max Verstappen wins pole for Saturday Sprint at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to Rome for the Rolex Gran Premio. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set Sunday’s race at Imola Circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) McLaren MCL36 Mercedes on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 22, 2022 in Imola, Italy. Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Q3 update: Max Verstappen wins pole for Saturday’s Sprint to determine race order for the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The third round of qualifying was cut short due to two red flags as the rain increased. Charles Leclerc will be P2 while Lando Norris will be P3 even with his late wreck.

Q2 update: Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris claimed the three fastest times in the second qualifying stage. George Russell, Mick Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Guanyu Zhou and Lance Stroll were the five slowest and have been eliminated. Carlos Sainz will not partake in Q3 after a wreck.

Q1 update: Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen, and Carlos Sainz, Jr. claimed the three fastest times in the first qualifying stage. Yuki Tsunoda, Pierre Gasly, Nicholas Latifi, Esteban Ocon, and Alexander Albon were the five slowest and have been eliminated from qualifying. They will start Saturday’s sprint race in positions 16-20.

Formula One racing has arrived in Italy this weekend for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at Imola Circuit, getting underway at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

Qualifying for this race is different than most of the schedule. There will be a sprint race on Saturday to determine Sunday’s starting grid, but on Friday, qualifying takes place to determine the grid for the sprint race.

Friday’s qualifying is currently airing on ESPN2. The 20 drivers will face off for an hour of racing to establish the fastest time and secure pole position. F1 qualifying is broken up into three stages. The first 20 minutes will eliminate five drivers and the next 15 minutes will eliminate five more. That will leave the remaining ten competing for pole position in Sunday’s race.

Here is the full entry list for Saturday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as qualifying gets underway. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.

2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Saturday Sprint starting grid

Pos Driver Car #
Pos Driver Car #
1 Max Verstappen 1
2 Charles Leclerc 16
3 Lando Norris 4
4 Kevin Magnussen 20
5 Fernando Alonso 14
6 Daniel Ricciardo 3
7 Sergio Pérez 11
8 Valtteri Bottas 77
9 Sebastian Vettel 5
10 Carlos Sainz, Jr. 55
11 George Russell 63
12 Mick Schumacher 47
13 Lewis Hamilton 44
14 Guanyu Zhou 24
15 Lance Stroll 18
16 Yuki Tsunoda 22
17 Pierre Gasly 10
18 Nicholas Latifi 6
19 Esteban Ocon 31
20 Alexander Albon 23