Verstappen wins, Red Bull doubles, Ferrari has nightmares!

In Imola, which hosted the first sprint weekend of the season, the expected rain fell on Sunday. The rain, which started shortly before the start of the race, had wet the track surface, so the riders had to run on wet tyres. Also, the air temperature was only 13 degrees.

The riders started the race with transition tires with the green logo because there was not much rain on the track.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who started the race from pole position, retained his place after a strong start, while Sergio Perez again passed Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc with a strong start. McLaren Lando Norris also beat the Monegasque driver.

The biggest drama of the opening lap was when McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo came into contact with Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz and the Spanish driver spun into a gravel pit. Sainz said goodbye to the race, while Ricciardo fell to the back of the group.

Marshals assist Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari F1-75, in the gravel

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This incident was not investigated, but a safety car entered the track to remove Sainz’s car from the track. Mick Schumacher also fell behind in the first-round events.

After the first round, the classification was made up of Verstappen, Perez, Norris, Leclerc and Kevin Magnussen who had a good comeback.

In addition, George Russell, who gained five places at the start, managed to move up to sixth place.

After the safety car exited, the race restarted and there were no changes at the front. Verstappen began to close the gap with fast laps in rapid succession, while Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc began to press McLaren driver Lando Norris for third place.

After heavy pressure, Leclerc finally passed Norris on lap eight of the race and moved up to third place.

On the 17th lap of the race, Daniel Ricciardo became the first to switch to dry ground tyres. Because the Aussie rider’s laps were so good, other names also started wearing dry-floor tyres.

On lap 19, Red Bull pitted Sergio Perez and put the Mexican on dry floor tyres. The following lap, Verstappen, Leclerc and Norris also pitted. In those two laps, almost the entire grid switched to dry-floor tyres.

Even though Leclerc came out of the pits ahead of Perez, the Mexican quickly passed the Ferrari driver to reclaim second place as the Mexican driver warmed up his tires.

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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So after switching to dry tires the standings were like Verstappen, Perez, Leclerc, Norris, Russell, Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.

Verstappen had a seven-second lead with Perez after the pit stops. Leclerc was about 1.5 seconds behind Perez.

As the laps went on, Leclerc was less than a second behind Perez, but the speed of the Red Bull RB18 on the straights was unbeatable.

In the lead, Verstappen started to widen the gap and made fast laps, increasing the lead to over 10 seconds. Perez was also relatively relieved after catching Leclerc by over two seconds.

Ferrari surprisingly pitted Leclerc on lap 50 of the race and the Monegasque driver returned to the track on a new set of soft tyres, after a smooth pit stop.

Red Bull responded to Ferrari and pitted Perez a lap later and then Verstappen. After two trouble-free pit stops, all three names switched to the new set of soft tyres.

Leclerc set the fastest lap after the pit stop and was less than a second behind Perez.

On lap 54 of the race, Leclerc abused curbs while pushing Perez for second, then lost control of his car and spun. Leclerc’s front wing was broken after hitting the barriers on the slippery ground and he had to stop.

Leclerc dropped to ninth after the pit stop, then started pushing to pass the names ahead. Up front, Verstappen extended the lead with Perez to around 14 seconds.

Making mistakes for the rest of the race, Verstappen saw the checkered flag in first place and took his second victory this year after Saudi Arabia. Verstappen, who also set the fastest lap, left the sprint weekend with the maximum point of 34 points.

Sergio Perez was one of the names that performed well throughout the race and although he couldn’t fight for the win, he took the podium keeping Leclerc behind him throughout the race. race, which he left behind at the start.

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

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Perez secured his second consecutive podium, giving Red Bull its first double since the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.

McLaren, which had started the season rather badly, was in the front row in particular with Lando Norris during the weekend of the Emilia-Romagna GP. The Briton got off to a good start in third place but was later moved to Leclerc. Despite this, Leclerc’s error dropped him to third place.

Making no mistakes in the final laps, Norris saw the checkered flag in third place, earning his first podium this year.

The battle for fourth place was exhilarating in the closing laps. Russell started the race from 11th place and managed to climb five places. After leaving the group behind, Russell moved up to fourth as Leclerc fell behind.

Although Russell came under intense pressure from Bottas in the final episode, he held onto his spot and added another to this year’s steady results with a fourth-place finish.

Bottas was another racing star with Alfa Romeo and saw the checkered flag in fifth place, his best result this year.

George Russell, Mercedes W13, Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

George Russell, Mercedes W13, Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42

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Emilia-Romagna, which was not going well for Leclerc, left the GP with sixth place. Leclerc, who dropped to fourth on lap one and stayed third for a long time, fell to ninth after a spin and gained three places in the closing laps and saw the checkered flag on sixth square.

In AlphaTauri, Yuki Tsunoda put in a solid performance throughout the race, finishing seventh, his best result of the year.

At Aston Martin, Sebastian Vettel made the right choices at the right time, finishing in eighth place, earning his first points of the year. German driver Lance Stroll’s teammate also finished 10th. Aston Martin was thus separated by a colon.

At Haas, Kevin Magnussen didn’t run as hard as expected and finished in ninth place. Still, he was separated by points from three of the first four races.

Although Esteban Ocon finished 11th, he was penalized 5 seconds for being sent into the pit lane unsafely and relegated to 14th place.

At Williams, Alex Albon tried to hold off AlphaTauri drivers Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton for most of the race. He eventually did and finished 11th.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR22, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13

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Gasly finished 12th, it was one of the races to remember for Hamilton. Stuck behind Gasly in his slow Mercedes on the straights, Hamilton saw the checkered flag in 13th place.

Zhou Guanyu started the race from the pit lane 15th, Nicholas Latifi was 16th and Mick Schumacher, who spun twice, was 17th. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo finished last.

Fernando Alonso, one of the unlucky names in the race, had to leave the race when Mick Schumacher crashed into him on the first lap and his radiator spontaneously broke.

After these results, Leclerc scored 86 points in the championship, while Verstappen took second place with 59 points. Additionally, Perez is in third place with 54 points and Russell is in fourth place with 49 points.

The next race of the season in Formula 1 will take place in Miami on May 8.

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