The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was hit by rain for the second successive 12 months, with Max Verstappen mastering the situations whereas others floundered. We’ve picked out six winners and 5 losers from Imola.
Winner: Max Verstappen
This weekend couldn’t have gone any higher for Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver taking pole in qualifying, profitable the first F1 Sprint of the season earlier than changing P1 in the Grand Prix into his second victory of the marketing campaign – with the quickest lap in addition.
That massive haul of factors has breathed new life into the reigning world champion’s title problem. He’s now simply 27 factors adrift of Charles Leclerc and heads to Miami with the momentum after a commanding efficiency.
Loser: Charles Leclerc
The highs of main the F1 Sprint till the previous couple of laps should really feel like a very long time in the past for Charles Leclerc, who suffered a poor begin in the most important Grand Prix to drop from second to fourth.
Though he recovered to 3rd, a uncommon error at the chicane late on pitched him into the limitations. He made it again to the pits to take a brand new entrance wing, however that dropped him to ninth. He clawed again three locations however sixth was not less than three locations decrease than his automobile was succesful of.
Winner: Lando Norris
There’s simply one thing about Imola that appears to ship big outcomes for Lando Norris, the McLaren driver producing a stellar efficiency in tough situations to comply with up his podium ultimately 12 months’s occasion along with his first of this season.
He has now completed on the rostrum in the final three races held on Italian soil (he completed second at Monza) and strikes above countryman Lewis Hamilton into sixth in the drivers’ championship.
Loser: Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz recovered properly from a mistake in qualifying to line up fourth for the Grand Prix after a tremendous efficiency in the F1 Sprint, however his participation on Sunday lasted lower than a minute after he was pitched into the gravel by Daniel Ricciardo.
The Spaniard couldn’t escape, forcing his second successive retirement. It means he has managed only one full race lap in the final two occasions and now trails Ferrari crew mate Leclerc by 48 factors in the championship.
Winner: Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen’s tremendous return to Formula 1 continued as he added two factors in Sunday’s Grand Prix to the one he earned the day earlier than in the F1 Sprint.
It capped a tremendous weekend that had seen him safe fourth in qualifying – Haas’s best ever qualifying efficiency – and means he has now scored in three of the first 4 races to take a seat tenth in the drivers’ standings.
2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Sainz runs into hassle on gravel at Imola begin
Loser: Lewis Hamilton
This was a chastening weekend for Lewis Hamilton, the Briton ending a lowly thirteenth for his first non-points rating of the season.
It’s his worst race consequence since he completed 18th in Azerbaijan final 12 months, when he ran down an escape highway at the closing restart with two laps remaining whereas difficult for the lead.
Winner: Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas’ dream begin to life at Alfa Romeo continued in Imola, the Finn securing a season-best fifth with a tremendous efficiency that noticed him heaping the stress on George Russell in the closing levels.
That places him eighth in the drivers’ standings whereas Alfa Romeo leap up into fifth in the constructors’ championship following what was their best consequence since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Losers: The tifosi
Ferrari’s loyal fanbase got here out in pressure at Imola on Sunday, the venue securing a 64,000 sell-out – however they weren’t rewarded with a victory – or perhaps a podium.
While Ferrari, who had their chairman John Elkann on the town on Sunday, retain the lead in the constructors’ championship, they’re now simply 11 factors forward of Red Bull.
Winners: Aston Martin
Aston Martin lastly acquired on the board in 2022 – and they did so with each automobiles as Sebastian Vettel switched to slicks at the proper time and finally completed eighth.
His crew mate Lance Stroll defended properly to safe tenth, sustaining his report of ending in each race this season (and by no means decrease than thirteenth).
Alpine’s points-scoring run in 2022 got here to an finish in Imola, with Fernando Alonso retiring early doorways after injury from contact with Mick Schumacher.
Esteban Ocon was eleventh however dropped to 14th after a five-second time penalty for an unsafe launch, ending his seven-race factors scoring streak. As a consequence, Alpine drop to sixth in the constructors’ standings.
Winner: George Russell
George Russell is one of solely two drivers to have scored in each Grand Prix to date this 12 months – championship chief Leclerc is the different – with the Mercedes racer delivering a faultless show in Imola.
The Briton comfortably outperformed the W13’s functionality in Italy, holding off stern stress from Bottas – the driver whom he changed at the Silver Arrows – to complete P4 for his fourth successive top-five end.