F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix prediction & free betting tips: young Brits to star
Lando Norris can make a forward move
Free Formula 1 tips, best bets and analysis for the F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on Sunday.
Where to watch
Sky Sports F1, 2pm Sunday
Lando Norris top-six finish
2pts Evens Hills
George Russell points finish
1pt 3-1 Hills
It's not often Lewis Hamilton is available to back at even money after taking pole position for a grand prix, but the seven-time world champion could double his backers’ stakes by winning at Imola on Sunday.
Hamilton, who won the season-opener in Bahrain three weeks ago, snatched his 99th career pole position in a frantic qualifying session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
New Red Bull signing Sergio Perez joins Hamilton on the front row ahead of Bahrain pole-sitter Max Verstappen, who gave a four-lettered assessment of his qualifying attempt.
Perez will start on soft tyres, rather than the mediums used by Hamilton and Verstappen, and while that will restrict the Mexican’s strategic options during the race it should give him a boost off the startline.
McLaren’s Lando Norris set the third-fastest qualifying time, but had that lap cancelled for going off the track.
The young Briton has looked superb all weekend, though, and looks a decent bet to end the race in the top six. Norris was a brilliant fourth in Bahrain last time.
George Russell kept up his 100 per cent record of outqualifying his Williams teammates and will line up 12th.
Russell missed out on a maiden points finish at Imola last year after crashing out of tenth place behind the safety car.
With Nicolas Latifi starting 14th in the second car, Williams are enjoying their strongest weekend for some time and Russell is attractively priced to earn the team's first points since July 2019.
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