Today was the first day of the inaugural Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and was a very busy one as it consisted of an early morning only free practice session followed by qualifying. As of the free practice session, Scuderia Ferrari did not look too favorable to the grid's decision session with Charles Leclerc qualifying in the fourth row and Sebastian Vettel qualifying in the seventh row.
Although this weekend is said to have no fans in stands and this is considered to be a 'home track' for the prancing horse, the club agreed to hang banners across from the pits. As qualifying began, in Q1, the Ferrari duos went out quickly to put time on the board as the light went green in the pitlane. Vettel on the softs had to do an extra sprint, getting through to Q2 with a time of 1: 15.705.
In the second stage, both Leclerc and Vettel tried on the medium tires to get through to Q3 in order to make them start with those tires for the race doing two runs each. Leclerc went from 1: 15.625 to a 1: 15.338 while Vettel went from a 1: 16.302 to 1: 15.817. On the temporary run, Leclerc placing 10th and Vettel placing 15th, they both quickly went back into the pits to change for Softs. At the end of the second stage, Leclerc made the cut to Q3 with an improved time of 1: 15.017 while Vettel made the similar time for it to be deleted thus only made it 13th fastest and eliminated from advancing to Q3.
Post qualifying, when interviewed Vettel on his performance, he states, "I was reasonably happy with my laps, but obviously we were not quick enough. In qualifying I was happier with the feeling of the car, I was a bit more comfortable than this morning and I tried to squeeze everything out of the package. I was taking a few more risks and for this reason I went wide in the chicane and in the end we lost one position to the track limits rule "
To continue, "We are starting at the back and therefore it will be difficult tomorrow to make up places, because overtaking is not so easy here. It will be important to look after the tires and then we will see. I think we will be aiming for a one-stop race. Today was my first day at this track and I'm still getting totally familiar with it but I have to say that is a really nice track to drive. I hope we will come back here in the near future. "