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Hamilton needed ‘perfect lap and more’ to beat Red Bulls to Imola F1 pole

After trailing Max Verstappen by over 0.6s in final F1 practice, Lewis Hamilton says he needed the ‘perfect lap and more’ to take pole position for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Hamilton hadn’t topped any session in the run-up to Q3, trailing teammate Valtteri Bottas in Q1 and then Sergio Perez in Q2. The reigning world champion surged to the top of the timesheets with a 1m14.411s on his first timed lap in Q3, which ultimately proved to be enough to take the 99th pole of his F1 career. Today’s result means Hamilton has taken pole at 30 different F1 circuits - a new record. Reflecting on his first pole since Bahrain last year, Hamilton knew he needed to be on top form in qualifying...
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