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F1 2022: Verstappen wins Imola GP as Ferrari stumble | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Verstappen and Perez safe a 1-2 end for Purple Bull, as late error by Leclerc fingers Norris a podium end.

Max Verstappen received the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola for the second yr operating, as each Ferrari drivers faltered on the workforce’s house turf. Sergio Perez completed second at hand Purple Bull Racing their first 1-2 end for the reason that 2016 Malaysian GP, whereas McLaren’s Lando Norris accomplished the rostrum.

  • Verstappen wins, 16.527 secs forward of Perez
  • Leclerc sixth after late error

Robust house race for Ferrari

On a weekend that noticed Carlos Sainz and Ferrari conform to a two-year contract extension (till 2024), the race at Imola put a damper on the celebrations. The Spaniard’s dangerous luck continued as he was compelled to retire on the opening lap itself following a tussle with Daniel Ricciardo in moist situations. That is the second race in a row that he has suffered a DNF.

Leclerc, in the meantime, misplaced place to each Perez and Norris at the beginning. He did go Norris on Lap Eight to maneuver as much as third, after which spent the remainder of the race making an attempt to reel in Perez. However the championship chief made a essential error on Lap 53 as he spun and hit the wall at Variante Alta. He was compelled to pit for a entrance wing change, which dropped him all the way down to ninth. Whereas he did acquire a number of locations thereafter, he might solely salvage a sixth place consequence.

Verstappen leads Purple Bull 1-2

Dash race winner Verstappen appeared comfortably in management because the observe transitioned from moist to dry. He cruised to victory, 16.5 seconds forward of teammate Sergio Perez and even bagged an additional level for setting the quickest lap. It was an important consequence for the championship hopes of the Dutch driver, who suffered retirements at Bahrain and Australia.

“It’s at all times powerful to attain one thing like that. Already yesterday and the day earlier than, we had been on it and it was trying like a robust weekend. Right now, you by no means know with the climate how aggressive you’ll be. However as a workforce we did every thing effectively and I feel one-two may be very effectively deserved,” stated Verstappen.

“The beginning was essential, however afterwards [also], judging the situations and when to swap to the slick tyres and on the out lap on slick tyres to not make errors. Within the lead, it’s important to at all times dictate the tempo, and it’s at all times a bit tougher initially however every thing was effectively managed,” he added.

Hamilton struggles at Imola

Leclerc’s error promoted Norris to 3rd place. He was adopted by Mercedes’ George Russell. It was a tough weekend for the Silver Arrows, with workforce principal Toto Wolff admitting the race was a “write-off” following the workforce’s poor efficiency within the dash race. However whereas Russell managed some harm limitation after a robust begin, Lewis Hamilton appeared to wrestle way more and will solely end 13th, effectively over a lap behind Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Alfa Romeo, adopted by Leclerc and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda. Aston Martin secured their first factors this season, with Sebastian Vettel ending eighth and Lance Stroll in 10th. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen additionally collected some factors after ending ninth.

F1 2022 championship standings

Leclerc nonetheless tops the standings, however his lead has now been slashed to 27 factors. Verstappen’s win, in the meantime, promotes him to second place total, 5 factors forward of Perez.

F1 heads to a model new circuit subsequent, with the Miami GP making its debut on Could 6-8.

2022 Imola GP outcomes

2022 Imola GP outcomes
Pos Driver Staff
1 Max Verstappen Purple Bull Racing
2 Sergio Perez Purple Bull Racing
3 Lando Norris McLaren
4 George Russell Mercedes
5 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
7 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
11 Alexander Albon Williams
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine
15 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams
17 Mick Schumacher Haas
18 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
DNF Fernando Alonso Alpine
DNF Carlos Sainz Ferrari

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