Verstappen wins incident-packed Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola

After a great start Max Verstappen stayed ahead of the incidents that hampered the rest of the championship contenders.

Verstappen wins incident-packed Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola with a dominant drive on Sunday 18 April.

After a great start Verstappen stayed ahead of the incidents that hampered the rest of the championship contenders.

Lewis Hamilton’s charge the story of the day.

The story of the day though was Lewis Hamilton‘s stunning fightback after spinning his car into the gravel.

Hamilton ran off the racing line and did extensive damage to his car but did well to get back on the track on lap 32.

On the same lap George Russell in the Williams collided with Mercedes’ Valterri Bottas taking both out of the race and saw the race red flagged.

Lewis Hamilton restarted from ninth but when the race got back underway he set about tearing through the field.

His DRS assisted charge also saw Hamilton claim the race’s fastest lap which ensures that he holds onto the championship lead.

McLaren’s Lando Norris couldn’t hold off Hamilton but managed to get the car home for third ahead of Charles Leclerc who finished fourth.

Verstappen delighted to win tricky Grand Prix

Verstappen didn’t appear in much trouble but conceded that it was tough to keep the car on the partially wet Imola track.

“It was very hard to stay on track to be honest!

“I had a little moment with my restart! But everything else went really well today,” Verstappen said.

Hamilton was left to think of what might have been had he not spun off.

“Congratulations to Max – he did a fantastic job today. Also to Lando – what an awesome job,” Hamilton said.

“On my side it was not the greatest of days – first time I made a mistake in a long time, but I’m grateful to have been able to bring the car home today.”

Norris relished the podium and his duel with Hamilton.

“I tried hanging on to second, Lewis was a bit too quick for me today,” Norris exclaimed.

“It’s nice to be fighting with these guys, and be there on merit, I look forward to more in the future”

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix results

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
133Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA632:02:34.5980
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES63+22.000s0
34Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES63+23.702s0
416Charles LeclercFERRARI63+25.579s0
555Carlos SainzFERRARI63+27.036s0
63Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES63+51.220s0
718Lance StrollASTON MARTIN MERCEDES63+51.909s0
810Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA63+52.818s0
97Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI63+64.773s0
1031Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT63+65.704s0
1114Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT63+66.561s0
1211Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA63+67.151s0
1322Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA63+73.184s0
1499Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI62+1 lap0
155Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN MERCEDES61DNF0
1647Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI61+2 laps0
179Nikita MazepinHAAS FERRARI61+2 laps0
NC77Valtteri BottasMERCEDES30DNF0
NC63George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES30DNF0
NC6Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES0DNF0
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* Provisional results

Source : The South African More