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Formula 1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix race LIVE: Start time, standings and lap-by-lap updates with Max Verstappen and Lando Norris starting on the front row after Oscar Piastri penalty

Believe it or not, it was expected before qualifying that Max Verstappen would not be in pole position!

The Dutchman struggled in all three practice sessions but set a blistering pace in qualifying to claim his eighth consecutive pole – a joint record in Formula 1 history alongside the great Ayrton Senna.

However, it was close at the top with Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris close behind in both McLarens, however the Australian received a three-place grid penalty for impeding Kevin Magnussen in Q1 – relegating him behind his teammate and the two Ferraris.

It was even more disappointing for Mercedes, with George Russell sixth and Lewis Hamilton eighth.

But the two big losers in qualifying were Sergio Pérez and Fernando Alonso, who crashed during the morning practice session and were only able to place themselves 11th and 20th respectively on the grid.

The race pace of this McLaren, as Norris showed in Miami, is very impressive and Verstappen will have to be careful this afternoon.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jay Hirano/Shutterstock (14489645da) Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy.  May 18, 2024;  Max Verstappen, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri at parc ferme after qualifying during the 2024 Formula 1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix Emilia-Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy - May 18, 2024
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