F1 LIVE: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton tasked with overcoming team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Finn starts on pole in Italy
- F1 race gets underway today at Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at 12:10pm GMT
- Lewis Hamilton starts from second, while Valtteri Bottas is on pole for the race
- The Brit won last week in Portugal to break Michael Schumacher’s F1 record
- UK viewers can watch Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1
- Latest Formula One news, live action and results can be found here
Lewis Hamilton will be looking to claw his way back to the familiar position of front of the pack as the six-time world champion bids to extend his championship lead at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Hamilton was denied a record-extending 98th pole position in Imola on Saturday by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who was just 0.097sec quicker than the Brit in qualifying.
Last week, in Portugal, Hamilton was forced to come from behind to break Michael Schumacher’s F1 race win record, and he will be required to put in a clinical display to get one over his Finnish team-mate today.
Sportsmail’s OLLIE LEWIS will provide live F1 coverage from Italy including lap leader, times, crashes, pit stops and more.
‘Beautiful day. I’m excited. It’s quite cool but I am excited about this race,’ Hamilton tells Sky Sports. ‘No one knows what to expect, that’s the great thing about coming to these circuits.
‘He has to win, whereas I don’t. However that is what I exist to do and that is what I will work towards today. I won’t take any risks but I want to win.
‘It’s not easy to overtake here, compared to the last race. It’s definitely going to be a challenge if he is up ahead.’
Not long until the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix gets under way in Imola, as the drivers come together for the End Racism message before the Italian national anthem is played out.
A reminder of today’s starting grid…
It’s been a front two lock-out for most of the season, but the order in which the Mercedes cars line up has been fairly predictable, with Hamilton starting from pole on nine occasions.
The Brit’s qualifying display yesterday, then, left him disappointed as he starts from second.
It’s been a torried season for Seb Vettel at Ferrari, with the former champion growing frustrated with a series of poor performances. The German will get a fresh start at Racing Point next season, where he hopes to rekindle his form.
Vettel starts today’s race from 14th.
With just five races remaining, Lewis Hamilton is moving ever nearer to clinching his seventh world championship.
The Brit has been a man on a mission this season, smashing records in yet another dominant campaign in his Mercedes.
Last week, he bettered Michael Schumacher’s F1 win record, but what other records can he break before the season is out?
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Mercedes can make it seven straight constructor’s championships should Red Bull fail to outscore them by 34 points today.
Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the iconic Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari track in Imola.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen the F1 tour visit new and old tracks in this unconventional season, and the drivers have given their unanimous approval to the return to northern Italy, with this track an old school circuit.
The first race here since 2006 gets under way at 12:10 GMT, with Valtteri Bottas starting on pole while world championship leader Lewis Hamilton starts in second.
Stay tuned for build-up and live coverage from Italy.
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