Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc tussled for the lead of the Emilia Romagna Sprint

the first of the Formula 1 season - with the Dutch driver ultimately coming out on top.

Verstappen was caught off the line by the Ferrari. Leclerc led the way, and looked comfortable for most of the race,

but significant tyre graining towards the end allowed Verstappen to close.

The Monegasque didn't have anything left in his locker when Verstappen attacked on the penultimate lap,

and could only watch as the Red Bull streaked away for the final lap.

Verstappen will start Sunday's Grand Prix on pole, with Leclerc alongside him on the front row.

Strong recovery drives from Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz saw Red Bull and Ferrari take the second row, too.

Perez's power on the straight was too much for anyone else to handle,

Having started P10, the Mexican will be starting the full race P4.

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