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Penalty and pitlane start: Imola F1 starting grid in full

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A grid penalty and a pitlane start mean that the grid for Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix differs from the pure qualifying results.

McLaren driver Oscar Piastri was reigning champion Max Verstappen's closest rival in qualifying - but a grid penalty for impeding Kevin Magnussen means it's Piastri's team-mate Norris who lines up alongside Verstappen.

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso forfeits 19th place on the grid to start from the pitlane due to an intentional parc ferme breach.

1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2 Lando Norris (McLaren)
3 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
4 Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
5 Oscar Piastri (McLaren)
6 George Russell (Mercedes)
7 Yuki Tsunoda (RB)
8 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
9 Daniel Ricciardo (RB)
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Haas)
11 Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
12 Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
13 Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
14 Alex Albon (Williams)
15 Pierre Gasly (Alpine)
16 Valtteri Bottas (Sauber)
17 Zhou Guanyu (Sauber)
18 Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
19 Logan Sargeant (Williams)
PL Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)

Alonso foreshadowed a likely pitlane start after his disappointing qualifying on Saturday, suggesting it would make strategic sense given the possibilities of scoring points are anyway remote.

"[If] we start from the pit, there is also some benefits as well," said Alonso.

"We saw the crash in F2 at the start [on Saturday] as well, we need to avoid those kinds of things, for the quantity of parts that we have, et cetera, all Formula 1 teams.

"So, yeah, it could be an option. Because points, I think, are a little bit unrealistic tomorrow."

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