Emilia Romagna GP: Max Verstappen and Red Bull embarrass Ferrari at Imola

Formula One champion Max Verstappen dominated Sunday in a Red Bull rout of Ferrari at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, a lot to the dismay of the ocean of red-clad “tifosi.”

Verstappen received from the pole, logged the quickest lap and picked up his second win of the season whereas main teammate Sergio Pérez to the primary one-two Red Bull end since Malaysia in 2016.

“Lovely Sunday,” Verstappen radioed his Red Bull workforce on what was truly a dreary, overcast and misty race day.

But the Dutchman scored most factors on the weekend — he additionally received the dash qualifying race on Saturday — and led Red Bull in its embarrassment of Ferrari in what the Italian scuderia hoped to be its celebratory weekend on dwelling soil.

“It’s always tough to achieve something like that,” Verstappen said of the perfect weekend. “We were on it. You never know with the weather how competitive you are going to be, but I think as a team we did everything well and this one-two is very deserved.”

Lando Norris was third for McLaren.

It was a disastrous race for Ferrari, racing on its dwelling soil and hoping to have a good time a return to F1 dominance. Charles Leclerc got here into Sunday because the championship chief with two wins within the first three races and Carlos Sainz Jr. celebrated a two-year contract extension this weekend in Italy.

But Leclerc could not get the bounce on Verstappen at the beginning and by no means contended. Sainz spun off track on the opening lap to destroy his race, and Leclerc’s bid to salvage the day for Ferrari ended when he spun racing Perez for second.

He finally completed sixth.

Leclerc had a 46-point lead within the standings over reigning champion Verstappen at the beginning of the weekend however Verstappen lower the hole to 27 factors and moved into second.

“I was too greedy and I paid the price for it and lost seven potential points,” Leclerc informed Sky Sports. “It is a shame, it is seven points that are valuable at the end of the championship for sure and this shouldn’t happen again.”

It’s a well timed enhance for Red Bull after two DNFs for Verstappen within the first three races. Pérez additionally failed to complete the season opener.

“The most important thing of today was not making mistakes, because with these conditions it was so tricky out there,” Pérez stated. “To get a one-two beneath these circumstances, I feel it’s a fantastic outcome for the workforce.

“We’ve been so unlucky, the start has been so difficult for us, so I am very pleased to see everyone in my team smiling today.”

Verstappen was handed by Leclerc at the beginning of the dash qualifying race on Saturday however come race day, Verstappen received off to a great begin. Leclerc, in the meantime, plummeted as he was handed by Pérez and Norris.

Leclerc finally received as much as third and was chasing the Red Bulls when he spun off track.

It rained closely within the morning however cleared off by the beginning of the race, and though the monitor was nonetheless moist, it shortly dried and drivers needed to change their tires for the brand new circumstances.

Leclerc got here off pit street forward of Pérez, however the Mexican driver had hotter tires and was in a position to squeeze inside and reclaim second. Leclerc was in nonetheless chasing Pérez for second, with 9 laps remaining, when he made a uncommon mistake and went off track. Although he was in a position to drive off, his Ferrari was broken and Leclerc needed to pit.

The race featured a stirring late battle between Mercedes newcomer George Russell and Valtteri Bottas, the driving force he changed. The two went right down to the ultimate lap for fourth position, with Russell holding off the veteran for the spot, having began the race eleventh.

Lewis Hamilton, in the meantime, continued his early struggles and completed thirteenth. Mercedes head Toto Wolff apologized to Hamilton over the radio for the “undriveable” automobile that Hamilton was given in Italy.

The seven-time world champion lost the title to Verstappen in final year’s season finale in the most effective championship fights in many years. On Sunday, Hamilton was lapped by Verstappen on lap 39.

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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