Max Verstappen sweeps Imola and takes advantage of the Ferrari debacle to revive the Formula 1 World Cup

The 2022 Formula 1 World Cup is very much alive. Max Verstappen has completed a plenary session in Imola: he won the Sprint, he has won the race and he has also done the fastest lap. An overwhelming dominance of the champion who has the icing on the second place of Sergio Pérez, completing Red Bull’s first double since Malaysia 2016.

The success of Red Bull is contrasted with the misfortune of Ferrari. Carlos Sainz was taken ahead at the start, for which he adds another abandonment, while Charles Leclerc made a mistake while chasing Pérez and ended up against the wall. Luckily for him, he was able to get back on track and at least finish sixth.

Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso were left out in the first laps

Leclerc Imola F1 2022

By no means should Ferrari’s problems be blamed for Red Bull’s victory: Verstappen has been overwhelmingly superior throughout the weekend, and even Pérez, who passed Leclerc at the start, has gone faster than the world leader. Even so, Ferrari’s still has more than one mattress race. He has saved the furniture.

And it is that the Ferrari drivers are also the two faces of fortune. Leclerc made a mistake by rushing and crashed into the wall, but with the luck of being able to come back and at least finish tenth. On the other hand, Sainz was taken away at the start without having any responsibility and he ended up hooked on the pozzolana. One more misfortune in the Spanish backpack.

Norris Imola F1 2022

The start was in rainy conditions and that made the first corner very delicate. Daniel Ricciardo did not leave enough room and ended up hitting Sainz, leaving both careers ruined. The Australian was the first to take the step to the dry and he was right, but even so he was not even close to scoring.

The great beneficiary of the Ferrari debacle has been Lando Norris, who gets the first podium of the season. The Brit confirms the notable improvement of McLaren with a very solid race, in which he was undoubtedly the best of the rest and was able to take advantage of the problems of Leclerc and Sainz to step on the box.

Russell Imola F1 2022

Fernando Alonso’s career did not last long either. The Spaniard also touched Mick Schumacher at the start and broke the pontoon of his Alpine. He quickly lost positions and ended up going into the pits due to the breakdown of his car. Bad luck continues to plague Alonso, and this time Esteban Ocon has not scored either.

though no doubt the driver who suffered the most at Imola was Lewis Hamilton. Terrible role of the seven-time world champion, who has spent the entire race stuck in fourteenth position unable to overtake Pierre Gasly. He ultimately finishes thirteenth because of the Ocon penalty, but it may have been one of his worst days in Formula 1.

Bottas Imola F1 2022

It contrasts particularly with the career of a George Russell who has been able to climb to fourth place, although asking for the time at the end against a Valtteri Bottas who came faster with the Alfa Romeo. Kevin Magnussen, ninth, added again for Haas, while Yuki Tsunoda had a solid race, seventh.

Joy at last in the garage of Aston Martin, which has finally scored and has also done so with both cars. Sebastian Vettel has marked a run to finish eighth, while Lance Stroll grabs the point of tenth place. In this way, only Mick Schumacher, who has had another unfortunate race, and Nicholas Latifi remain to score.

Results race Formula 1 GP Emilia Romagna 2022

Position Dorsal Pilot coach Weather
1 1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING RBPT 1:32:07.986
2 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING RBPT +16.527s
3 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES +34.834s
4 63 George Russell MERCEDES +42.506s
5 77 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI +43.181s
6 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI +56.072s
7 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI RBPT +61.110s
8 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES +70.892s
9 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI + 75.260s
10 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES +1 lap
11 23 Alexander Albon WILLIAMS MERCEDES +1 lap
12 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI RBPT +1 lap
13 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES +1 lap
14 31 Stephen Ocon ALPINE RENAULT +1 lap
15 24 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI +1 lap
16 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES +1 lap
17 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI +1 lap
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES +1 lap
NC 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT DNF
NC 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI DNF

Formula 1 general classification

  1. Charles LECLERC (Ferrari-MON), 86 points
  2. Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull-HOL), 59 puntos
  3. Sergio PEREZ (Red Bull-MEX), 54 points
  4. George RUSSELL (Mercedes-GBR), 49 points
  5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari-ESP), 38 points

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