Verstappen led for the majority of the race on the wet Imola track, beating Hamilton by 22 seconds. Hamilton showed all his skills to make his way back up the field after falling as far back as ninth following an incident just before the halfway point of the race.
Formula 1 2021: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull pair
It was Hamilton’s 99th career pole and although there is a Red Bull directly behind the Mercedes driver, it will be Sergio Perez rather than Max Verstappen.
Formula 1 2021: Max Verstappen tops final practice at Imola to boost hopes of grabbing pole position
The Red Bull driver was 0.456 seconds ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and .557 clear of world champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
Formula 1 2020: George Russell gets backing of Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean after safety car crash in Imola
Russell was 10th and likely to claim his first point in F1 and Williams' of the season when he lost control of his car
Formula 1 2020: Lewis Hamilton wins in Imola to hand Mercedes record seventh straight constructors' title
Formula 1 takes a break next weekend before returning for the Turkish Grand Prix on 15 November where Hamilton could wrap up a record-equalling seventh drivers' crown.
Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto spoke of how Vettel reacted: "Did Seb get in the way? No. He did not hang up the phone...He was never negative – instead he was pro-active and he was a very respectable person."