RED BULL’S Max Verstappen issued a subtle dig @ F1 rival Lewis Hamilton following a chaotic Emilia Romagna GP qualifying race yesterday which saw five red flags in a rain-affected session.

Max Verstappen claimed the leading position in the chaotic Emilia Romagna GP qualification yesterday, giving the position of Pole Red Bull Racer for today’s sprint race. The rails yesterday saw that Williams Alexander Al’s car was burning while the track also saw several accidents. Qualifications run 40 minutes past the end that are scheduled because of the many stopping imolas.

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It was a sad day for Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team, with Britain drivers forced to be satisfied with the 13th position in Saturday’s Sprint qualifying competition in Imola.

Speaking afterwards, Verstappen seems to dig his rival, saying that the song “can really punish you if you make a mistake”.

He said: “It’s complicated out there with dry / rain.

“It’s very slippery. It was busy, long call time but of course it was finally very happy to be here.”

max Verstappen continued: “This is an amazing track and it really punishes you if you make a mistake.

“You can go in the wall, but that’s what we like, to make it difficult and hard , so very pleased with pole position.

“Our first three races, in general, didn’t go to plan but we will try to have a good weekend here.”

The Red Bull racer outpaced F1 championship leader Charles Leclerc in a dramatic damp race that played host to five red flags.

Just when Leclerc looked set to move past Verstappen, Lando Norris crashed to cause another stoppage.

The 21-lap Sprint race will take place today, and the winner will start on pole for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna GP.

Hamilton rued Mercedes’ nightmare session, with the Brit and his team-mate George Russell crashing out of Q2 at the GP.

Hamilton, who’s seeking for the eighth world title, told reporters after that: “It was not a great session. Naturally, it was disappointing.

“We came here with optimism and we knew everyone worked very hard at the factory and when things didn’t unite it was disappointing.

I think we underperformed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done that we didn’t do.

“Each weekend is a rescue.”

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