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F1 starting grid 2022: Max Verstappen wins sprint race, claims pole for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula One racing is headed to Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. We’ll update qualifying until we’ve got the full racing grid is set Sunday’s race at Imola Circuit.

A general view of the circuit during previews ahead of Round 3:Imola of the Formula 2 Championship at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 21, 2022 in Imola, Italy. Photo by Alex Pantling - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images

Final update: Max Verstappen claimed the pole position for Sunday’s race when he passed Charles Leclerc on lap 20. Leclerc and Sergio Pérez finished second and third in the sprint race. We’ve published the full starting grid at the bottom of the page.

Lap 3 update: Charles Leclerc overtook Max Verstappen early on and then the safety car came out after Guanyu Zhou spun out his car and hit the wall. It has been craned away, and racing will restart soon.

Formula One racing has arrived in Imola this weekend for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at Imola Circuit, getting underway at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.

The day prior, qualifying will take place at 10:30 a.m. ET, also on ESPN. Qualifying is different for this race as they are utilizing a sprint to determine the starting grid. The sprint on Saturday will be a 100 km race that will last 21 laps around the circuit. Pit stops are not mandatory and this race is an all-out sprint as the name implies. Additionally, the top eight drivers from the sprint will receive points toward the season-long points title. Last year, the top three were rewarded, but they have upped it to eight this year. The points received from finishing in the top eight will be applied to both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships.

Max Verstappen won Friday’s sprint qualifier so he will start in the front for the sprint. He has the best odds to win the sprint at DraftKings Sportsbook installed at -105. He is followed closely by Charles Leclerc at +110. Lando Norris (+1200), Carlos Sainz (+2000) and Sergio Perez (+2000) round out the top-five drivers with the best odds to win the sprint and the pole position for the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Leclerc (+115) has a narrow lead on Verstappen (+125) for the best odds to win the 2022 Emilia Romagna GP. Sainz (+1100), Perez (+1400) and Norris (+2800) follow them.

Here is the full entry list for Saturday’s sprint race for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. We’ll update with final results as the starting grid is settled for Sunday’s race.

2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Grand Prix starting grid

Pos Driver Car #
Pos Driver Car #
1 Max Verstappen 1
2 Charles Leclerc 16
3 Sergio Pérez 11
4 Carlos Sainz, Jr. 55
5 Lando Norris 4
6 Daniel Ricciardo 3
7 Valtteri Bottas 77
8 Kevin Magnussen 20
9 Fernando Alonso 14
10 Mick Schumacher 47
11 George Russell 63
12 Yuki Tsunoda 22
13 Sebastian Vettel 5
14 Lewis Hamilton 44
15 Lance Stroll 18
16 Esteban Ocon 31
17 Pierre Gasly 10
18 Alexander Albon 23
19 Nicholas Latifi 6
20 Guanyu Zhou 24