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For the primary time this season, we race in Europe and what a monitor to start the European season. The iconic, historic Imola circuit within the Emilia Romagna area of Italy. Earlier this month we marked 30 years because the demise of Ayrton Senna at this monitor, on a tragic weekend for the game when Roland Ratzenberger additionally misplaced his life the day earlier than Senna.

At the identical monitor the place Senna perished 30 years in the past, Max Verstappen matched the long-lasting Brazilian’s report of eight consecutive pole positions yesterday in qualifying. He solely simply secured pole although, with each McLarens inside a tenth of a second of the Dutchman. Oscar Piastri was set to start out in second, nonetheless a three-place grid penalty for impeding Kevin Magnussen means he’ll begin fifth, selling Lando Norris onto the entrance row alongside Verstappen. At such an iconic monitor on a poignant weekend, Verstappen was proud to match Senna’s report.

“It’s been 30 years since he passed away at this track. So, of course, very pleased to get pole here. And in a way, it’s a nice memory to him. He was an incredible Formula 1 driver, especially in qualifying laps as well. So, yeah great day for me, great day for the team.”