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Verstappen wins incident-packed Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola

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

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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.

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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.

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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

1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 63 2:02:34.598
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 63 +22.000s
3 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 63 +23.702s
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 63 +25.579s
5 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 63 +27.036s
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 63 +51.220s
7 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 63 +51.909s
8 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 63 +52.818s
9 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 63 +64.773s
10 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 63 +65.704s
11 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 63 +66.561s
12 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 63 +67.151s
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 63 +73.184s
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 62 +1 lap
15 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 61 DNF
16 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 61 +2 laps
17 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 61 +2 laps
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 30 DNF

* Provisional results

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