F1 Sprint, in Imola Verstappen freezes Leclerc and Ferrari. Sainz great comeback: he starts 4th in the GP


Ferrari disappointment in the Imola Sprint Race, on the eve of the Emilia Romagna GP. After taking the lead at the start Chalers Leclerc he surrendered the position to the Dutchman Max Verstappen on the twentieth lap of the expected twenty-one. Red Bull driver who will start from pole position tomorrow at Imola. Stunning comeback of Sainz, from tenth to fourth. Disappointment Hamilton, only 14th. Order of arrival with Verstappen in front of Leclerc, then Perez and Sainz, Norris and Ricciardo, Bottas and Magnussen, Alonso and Mick Schumacher.

Verstappen: “Manage your tires better”

Max Verstappen confirms yesterday’s pole position and also imposes himself in today’s Sprint Race in Imola, thus obtaining the first position on the starting grid of the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, valid as the fourth round of the F1 World Championship. The Dutchman of Red Bull was the author of a bad shot at the start, in which he gave the lead of the race to the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. Then he made the decisive overtaking with two laps to go.

“The departure didn’t go very well. I don’t know what happened, but I had too much skidding. It took some time to put pressure on Charles, but in the end I think we managed the tires better and managed to get into the DRS zone. Then we had a good fight at Turn 2 and I managed to pass him », Verstappen says after the Sprint.

Leclerc disappointed: “Tire problems”

Charles Leclerc tries to look at the glass half full after having conquered the second position at the end of the Sprint Race of the Grand Prix of Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna, fourth round of the 2022 Formula One World Championship. On the track «Enzo and Dino Ferrari »In Imola, the Monegasque Ferrari driver has long cherished the dream of winning the race over the 100km distance, but Max Verstappen made the decisive overtaking with 2 laps to go, making the Prancing Horse driver smile.

«However, I will close with the front row tomorrow and it is an important aspect – said the Monegasque – Today we struggled in terms of tires and we did not expect it, we will have to understand what happened. However, the pace was good until then, when we found some graining on the front left. For that reason we have lost a position, too bad. Tomorrow is another day and we know that we will have to fight hard ».

Sainz and the super comeback

The star of the race was certainly Carlos Sainz, who went from tenth to fourth after the stop yesterday that excluded him from Q3. «I could not have done better, today a great comeback – declared the Spaniard satisfied, who moved to second place in the drivers’ classification -. The important thing tomorrow is to be 2 against 2. Red Bull has less tire degradation but we will invent something to fight on an equal footing. These single-seaters make overtaking easier, I felt comfortable and I’m learning to drive better and better “Ferrari’s number 55 was a solid race, which however preaches calm especially for the graining that affected the performance of the teammate:” We need to resolve the problem with the tires, Red Bull managed better ».


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