- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) wins the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola (Italy) ahead of teammate Sergio Perez and Lando Norris.
- The Dutchman’s victory was never in danger during laps 63 of the race, and on lap 41 he smashed the disappointing Lewis Hamilton (13th place).
- There were 10 points of satisfaction for Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas finished fifth in the “Hinwiler-Boliden”.
Sad news for some Mercedes fans: On lap 41, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton (GBR) saw the blue flag waving, his rival from last year and stage winner Max Verstappen came from behind and rolled.
Hamilton has to continue to make friends with a previously unfamiliar role this season and has clearly missed the points in 13th. Others are currently allowed to pop the cork:
- 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull, Ned)
- 2. Sergio Perez (Mexico, Red Bull)
- 3 – Lando Norris (Britain, McLaren)
Max Verstappen’s victory in Red Bull was not in danger from the start, the Dutchman, who started from first place, was able to count on a strong car for the entire race distance and moved away from his rivals by 16.5 seconds and more. With this victory, Verstappen makes the Italian ‘Motor Valley’ weekend perfect: on Friday he won a turbulent qualifying, and on Saturday he doubled the race.
Leclerc wants an extra point, but he doesn’t get it
The excitement first arose in this race when Charles Leclerc actually launched the fight for an extra point for the fastest lap 50 lap: with a new tire, he suddenly set his sights on second, but turned on lap 53 and came back. In the end he finished the race in sixth place. So the extra point went to Verstappen.
The race near Bologna ended in disappointment for Ferrari fans at home: Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz (Spain) had to surrender after his departure on the opening lap and got nothing.
Scalper called Valtteri Bottas
The biggest beneficiary of Ferrari’s double departure was Valtteri Bottas (FIN) at Alfa Romeo. The 10-time GP winner started from 7th and finished the race in a solid fifth. In the final stages, the veteran was chasing fourth-placed George Russell (GBR, Mercedes), but he couldn’t get past him. Guanyu Zhou, who started the race from the pit lane due to a gearbox change, crossed the finish line in 15th place.
Here’s how to proceed
After the first race of the season on the European continent, the entourage moves abroad again, more specifically to Miami (USA). For the first time ever, a Formula 1 race will be held in the Florida metropolis on Sunday, May 8. This season’s 6th and 7th Grand Prix takes place in Barcelona and Monte Carlo on the last two weekends of May. As usual, you can watch all decisions live on SRF.
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