Lewis Hamilton will bid to fend off the threat of an increasingly quick Red Bull car in the second race of the Formula One season this Sunday.
Hamilton was pushed to the wire in the opening race in Bahrain last month, producing a driving masterclass to hold off the Dutch driver during a captivating finish, with the Mercedes driver admitting afterwards that the Red Bull car poses a far greater threat this season. “It is only race one, and we don’t know what the future holds,” he said. “With the pace Red Bull have they could be ahead a lot more, but we are going to work as hard as we can to stay close.”
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That message was echoed by Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who admitted Mercedes are now “the hunters, not the ones to be hunted”. He said: “Already in (pre-season) testing we saw that we were on the back foot against Red Bull and the first race confirmed that we’re behind.”
The seven-time champion held his ground against Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen once again in qualifying yesterday to clinch the 99th pole position of his career by just 0.035 seconds with “the most perfect lap”.
Here is everything you need to know:
When is it and what time does it start?
The race will begin at 2pm BST on Sunday 18 April.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix will air live on Sky Sports F1 with coverage beginning at 12.30pm.
1) Lewis Hamilton
2) Sergio Perez
3) Max Verstappen
4) Charles Leclerc
5) Pierre Gasly
6) Daniel Ricciardo
7) Lando Norris
8) Valtteri Bottas
9) Esteban Ocon
10) Lance Stroll
Knocked out in Q2
11) Carlos Sainz
12) George Russell
13) Sebastian Vettel
14) Nicholas Latifi
15) Fernando Alonso
Knocked out in Q1
16) Kimi Raikkonen
17) Antonio Giovinazzi
18) Mick Schumacher
19 Nikita Mazepin
20) Yuki Tsunoda
Race lap record: Lewis Hamilton – 1:15.484
Previous winner: Lewis Hamilton
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