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REPORT GP EMILIA-ROMAGNA 2022. Max Verstappen takes a comfortable victory and even puts Lewis Hamilton on a lap, drama for Ferrari in home race

What preceded…

The thirtieth Formula 1 race at the Imola circuit was the European opener of the Formula 1 season. And the weekend brought a chef’s surprise: the first-ever sprint race of the season. Qualifying on Friday, followed by a 21-lap race on Saturday to determine the starting grid for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

That sprint race did not disappoint: Max Verstappen lost the lead to Charles Leclerc, but took it back on the penultimate lap. That promised for the real race. Verstappen was allowed to start for the World Cup leader, their teammates Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari) followed in third and fourth. And when the heavens opened just hours before the race, it promised to be another great Grand Prix.

How did the start go?

Messy. The rain obviously didn’t make it easy for the drivers, and after two corners the race had already lost a big name. Carlos Sainz Jr. made contact with Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren and ended up in the gravel. To the dismay of the many Italian fans, he would no longer be able to get there. The safety car came onto the track so that the red car could be removed.

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It also didn’t go well with Sainz’ teammate Charles Leclerc. The World Cup leader had a hard time getting away and was outwitted by both Sergio Pérez and Lando Norris (McLaren). Verstappen kept his lead. George Russell (from eleven to six) and former world champion Sebastian Vettel (from thirteen to nine) immediately won a few places, Mick Schumacher fell back in the Haas due to a spin.

How did the victory come about?

After the safety car left the track, Verstappen immediately opened a gap to team mate Pérez and the rest of the field. Leclerc had taken third place from Norris after a few laps, but Pérez turned out to be a harder nut to crack. The Mexican made his Red Bull as wide as he could get.

After 16 laps, Daniel Ricciardo, who fell behind after the incident on the opening lap, was the first to get dry-weather tyres. His example was followed by the rest of the field in the following rounds. Charles Leclerc came in one lap behind Sergio Pérez and took over second after his own pit stop. But that would only take a few turns: Czech quickly passed it with its warmer tires.

Afterwards, the race was mainly characterized by the fact that DRS was not allowed to be used for a long time. Leclerc could never launch a serious attack on the Red Bull of Pérez. Fourteen laps before the end, Ferrari tried to play it strategically by giving Leclerc a fresh set of soft tires, but both Red Bulls came in afterwards.

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The top three seemed to be set, until Leclerc made a mistake during his chase. In the Variante Alta – a chicane with a very high curb – the Monegask lost control of his Ferrari. Leclerc briefly hit the wall: he was able to continue, but not without an extra pit stop. Leclerc fell back to ninth, but that was still sixth at the finish after overtaking Kevin Magnussen (ninth), Sebastian Vettel (eighth) and Yuki Tsunoda (seventh).

Max Verstappen, Sergio Pérez and an overjoyed Lando Norris were allowed to take the podium. George Russell and Valtteri Bottas finished fourth and fifth, results they had undoubtedly signed up for beforehand.

How high was the spectacle value?

Thanks to the rain, the opening phase was very interesting, but the race management decided for a long time not to allow the use of DRS – even when everyone was already riding on dry-weather tires. On a circuit known for its difficulty in overtaking, that was detrimental to the spectacle value. There were nevertheless some fights that were very interesting to watch, and Leclerc’s late miss was no doubt jaw-dropping.

What have we learned from this race?

That this world championship is far from over. Max Verstappen is still behind, but the backlog of 46 points has been reduced to 27 in one weekend. The sky looks a lot brighter – or should we say orange? – out for the Dutchman.

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