Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Both Mercedes Out Of Q3 For First Time In Nearly A Decade

Written By Nicole Russo on April 22, 2022
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying session on Friday, April 22 was filled with rain, safety cars, and a very cold track. For the first time in nearly a decade, neither Mercedes car made it to Q3.

Charles Leclerc is still a slight favorite over Max Verstappen for Sunday’s F1 betting odds despite not securing pole position.

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Let The Rain Fall Down

It took four races for the weather to really become a factor this season. It rained throughout Friday’s qualifying session in Imola, Italy, leaving drivers to race under cold and wet conditions.

For some drivers, the wet conditions ended their qualifying sessions earlier than they hoped for.

Sainz crashed into the wall in Q2 and will start 10th in the sprint race. Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas spun off the track as well.

There were a record five red flags in one qualifying session.

The top ten for the sprint race is now set:

  1. Max Verstappen (pole position)
  2. Charles Leclerc
  3. Lando Norris
  4. Kevin Magnussen
  5. Fernando Alonso
  6. Daniel Ricciardo
  7. Sergio Perez
  8. Valtteri Bottas
  9. Sebastian Vettel
  10. Carlos Sainz

“It was tricky out there with the dry/rain,” Verstappen said, commenting on his pole position after the race. “It was very slippery. A long qualifying but of course in the end happy to be here.”

Although Verstappen secured pole for the sprint race, Charles Leclerc is still the slight favorite to win the race this weekend at +115. His odds shifted slightly from +120 before the qualifying session.

Verstappen’s race odds shifted from +155 to +120.

Hamilton Says ‘Each Weekend Is A Rescue’

Things did not go Mercedes’ way during qualifying. Hamilton snuck into Q2 with just .0004 seconds over Tsunoda.

Listening to Toto Wolff over the radio, it doesn’t seem Mercedes is any closer to figuring out the underlying issues that are causing massive porpoising in the car.

With Hamilton and Russell out in Q2, it marks the first time since the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix that neither Mercedes made it to Q3.

Hamilton’s post-qualifying interview echoed the team’s disappointment. Speaking to Sky Sports after the session, Hamilton said,

“It wasn’t a great session. Came here with optimism and everyone is working hard at the factory but it is disappointing….We will just keep working. It is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.”

Both Mercedes will start toward the back of the pack for Saturday’s sprint race, which allows drivers to score up to an additional eight points over the weekend.

Earning extra points this weekend is crucial for Mercedes, as George Russell sits 34 points behind Leclerc in the driver’s championship. Hamilton is 43 points behind.

Lewis Hamilton’s odds to win the race this weekend lengthened from +1800 to +5000.

Drier Conditions Coming To Imola

Rain is the great equalizer in Formula 1, but the conditions aren’t expected to remain the same all weekend.

Saturday’s sprint should have a cloudy start giving way to scattered sunshine throughout the day. As it stands, there is only a five percent chance of rain tomorrow.

The threat of rain has decreased for Sunday from what we initially saw, but there is still a chance drivers will be racing in wet conditions once again. There is a 34% chance of rain on race day, with max temperatures at 66° F.

McLaren performed well in the wet conditions, with Lando Norris securing P3 for the sprint and Daniel Ricciardo in P6.

If the rain dries up, it should give Alonso in the Apline a slight advantage over the McLarens on Sunday. But drivers still have to make it past the sprint first, which will set the grid on Sunday.

How And Where To Watch The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

  • Sprint Race
    • Date: Saturday, April 23
    • Time: 7:30 am PST
    • Network: ESPN2
  • Grand Prix
    • Date: Sunday, April 24
    • Time: 6 am PST
    • Network: ESPN

You can view race times and results here.

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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