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HAMIL­TON EX­PECT­ING SNORE NOT ROAR AT IMOLA

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FOR­MULA ONE Emilia Ro­magna Grand Prix

LEWIS HAMIL­TON fears a “bor­ing” Emilia Ro­magna

Grand Prix af­ter he was pipped by Mercedes team-mate

Valt­teri Bot­tas for pole po­si­tion.

The Finn was 0.097 sec­onds quicker than Hamil­ton with Red Bull’s Max Ver­stap­pen third.

Re­turn­ing to the Imola track that has not hosted a race since the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix, Hamil­ton was quick­est in the sin­gle prac­tice ses­sion yes­ter­day morn­ing and was again on top af­ter the first runs in fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing.

But a messy lap by Hamil­ton on the fi­nal runs gave Bot­tas a chance and he grabbed it.

And with Hamil­ton ad­mit­ting over­tak­ing is limited, he said: “Valt­teri did a great job and it was a poor lap from my­self. Th­ese things hap­pen. You can’t get it right all the time.

“I am pretty cer­tain we’re go­ing to see a bor­ing race. You can over­take into turn one but it is pretty nar­row and you can’t over­take on the rest.”

Hamil­ton, 35, leads Bot­tas by 77 points, hav­ing won eight times so far this sea­son.

The Brit, who cel­e­brated a record 92nd win at the pre­vi­ous race in Por­tu­gal, is clos­ing on a record-equalling sev­enth driv­ers’ ti­tle al­though he will have to wait at least un­til Turkey in two weeks’ time for a chance to seal it.

Bot­tas said: “It’s go­ing to be a good fight. It’s one of the long­est runs in the cal­en­dar into turn one so no doubt Lewis and Max will be chas­ing me, but it’s a good place to start and hope­fully pace is good.”

 ??  ?? WAKE-UP CALL Hamil­ton
WAKE-UP CALL Hamil­ton

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