Max Verstappen shines at Imola, but Lewis Hamilton still leads the tournament

The Red Bull Dutchman won the eventful Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Mercedes' English was delayed by an oversight and climbed up to second place. Thanks to the lap record, he continues to be the leader of the championship.

Something that seemed unthinkable in the F1 only a few months ago it is happening. Mastery of English Lewis Hamilton y Mercedes in the Maximum staggers in this 2021 thanks to the Dutch Max Verstappen y Red Bull, which were victorious in an accident Spruce Emilia Romagna Award. So much so that the victory in this race, which had a hiatus due to a red flag, allows Verstappen to go to the front of the championship.

The rain was the particular guest on Sunday, especially during the first laps. With these conditions, the second date of the tournament was launched. Verstappen, who started third, shot like a missile and managed to cross Tamburello as the leader after beating his Mexican partner Sergio Pérez and poleman Hamilton.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix start 2021
The start of the Emilia Romagna GP with Lewis Hamilton between Sergio Pérez (left) and Max Verstappen.

From there Verstappen and Hamilton were the only protagonists of the fight for the first place with the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) trying to keep up with them. The Red Bull man had everything under control until the track started to dry out. Under these conditions, the champion deducted several seconds and placed himself at 1.5 seconds.

Just when it seemed that there would be a heads up between the two, Verstappen preferred to go to the pits to place slick tires according to the state of the track. That allowed Hamilton to capture first place for one lap, before he went to the pits himself to put on dry-road tires. The save was not good at all (4 seconds) and that allowed Verstappen to return to first place.

George Russell GP of Emilia Romagna
The accident that forced the red flag.

Hamilton's desire for victory at Imola faded on lap 31 when he lost his way amid a group of stragglers. While he tried to get his car out of the bed of leca, later the English George Russell (Williams) and the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) touched before reaching Tamburello and that led to the red flag for the amount of parts of their cars scattered on the track.

After several minutes the competition got under way again with Verstappen defending himself against Leclerc, first; and English Lando Norris (McLaren), after. While Hamilton started a great comeback from eighth place.

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen achieved his 1th win in F.XNUMX. Photo: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images.

On their way to the podium the Séptuple surpassed Canada Lance stroll (Aston Martin), to the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), into Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Leclerc and Norris, after a fight that lasted several laps.

Hamilton became Verstappen's guard again with three laps remaining and could do nothing to prevent Verstappen's triumph, who achieved his eleventh success at Imola.

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"The race was very difficult"Verstappen said after his triumph. “We still have to work a lot to improve, but for now I am very happy with the result. I really want to get to Portimão because it is an incredible track and then we go to a track that we all know well: Barcelona. We'll see what we can do, but so far it has been a good start to the year ", Agregó.


Canadian Lance stroll (Aston Martin) had been seventh, but dropped one place after a penalty for illegally overtaking the Frenchman Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). While the Finnish Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) had finished eighth in the race, but fell back to 13th for not respecting procedure at the second start of the race. The punishment to the Nordic made the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who had finished eleventh, move up to tenth place and score.


POS. No. pilot auto laps. time / Dif. PTS.
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 63 2:02:34.598 25
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 63 +22.000s 19
3 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 63 +23.702s 15
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 63 +25.579s 12
5 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 63 +27.036s 10
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 63 +51.220s 8
7 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 63 +52.818s 6
8 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 63 +56.909s 4
9 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE RENAULT 63 +65.704s 2
10 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 63 +66.561s 1
11 11 Sergio Pérez RED BULL RACING HONDA 63 +67.151s 0
12 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 63 +73.184s 0
13 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 63 +94.773s 0
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 62 +1 lap 0
15 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 61 DNF 0
16 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 61 +2 laps 0
17 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 61 +2 laps 0
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 30 DNF 0
NC 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 30 DNF 0
NC 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0 DNF 0

AVERAGE: 151,276 km / h. LAP RECORD: Hamilton, in the 60th, in 1m16s702 / 1000 at 230,403 km / h.

DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Hamilton, 44 points; 2) Verstappen, 43; 3) Norris, 27; 4) Leclerc, 20, 5) Bottas, 16; 6) Sainz and Ricciardo, 14; 8) Pérez, 10; 9) Gasly, 6; 10) Stroll, 5; 11) Tsunoda and Raikkonen, 2; 13) Ocon, 1. BUILDERS CUP: 1) Mercedes, 60 points; 2) Red Bull Honda, 53; 3) McLaren Mercedes, 41; 4) Ferrari, 34; 5) AlphaTauri Honda, 8; 6) Aston Martin Mercedes, 5; 7) Alpine Renault, 1. NEXT DATE: May 2, Grand Prix of Portugal.



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