Max Verstappen won an action-packed, red-flagged Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to strike back in his 2021 Formula 1 title battle against Lewis Hamilton, who recovered from a rare error.
Max Verstappen has taken victory at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, a race that saw issues arise for his rivals and a mid-race red flag.
Verstappen claimed the lead on the opening lap, launching from third to first into the maiden braking zone, making slight contact with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
Full race results from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Round 2 of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship.
2021 F1 EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX – RACE RESULTS
|1||Max Verstappen||NED||Red Bull Racing||63 laps|
|2||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||+ 22.000s|
|3||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||+ 23.702s|
|4||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||+ 25.579s|
|5||Carlos Sainz||ESP||Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow||+ 27.036s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||McLaren F1 Team||+ 51.220s|
|7||Lance Stroll||CAN||Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team||+ 51.909s|
|8||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||+ 52.818s|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||+ 64.773s|
|10||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Alpine F1 Team||+ 65.704s|
|11||Fernando Alonso||ESP||Alpine F1 Team||+ 66.561s|
|12||Sergio Perez||MEX||Red Bull Racing||+ 67.151s|
|13||Yuki Tsunoda||JPN||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||+ 73.184s|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||+ 1 lap|
|15||Mick Schumacher||GER||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||+ 2 lap|
|16||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Uralkali Haas F1 Team||+ 2 lap|
|DNF||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team||62 laps|
|DNF||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||34|
|DNF||George Russell||GBR||Williams Racing||34|
|DNF||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||0 laps|
With Verstappen and Hamilton both on the Intermediate tyres due to rain that began to fall before the start of the grand prix, lap 27 saw Verstappen pit for Mediums, followed one lap later by Hamilton.
A slow stop for the reigning World Champion saw Verstappen retain the lead but four laps later, Hamilton slid off the road and into the barrier while lapping a backmarker.
Moments later, a major crash between George Russell and Valtteri Bottas eliminated both cars and resulted in a red flag while the track was cleared.
After the rolling restart, Hamilton, who was down in eighth, worked his way back through the pack and reclaimed second place in the dying laps, crossing the line 22 seconds down on Verstappen.
Lando Norris secured his second career podium as he crossed the finish line on Sunday in third place, leading the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
In the early stages of the grand prix, Norris was running behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, before a team instruction saw the Australian let Norris by.
Norris was running in third when the red flag was called, however on the restart he moved past Leclerc. With three laps to go, he was shuffled behind Hamilton, but retained the gap to Leclerc behind to take third place.
Sainz followed home his team-mate in fifth, having spent the early stages of the race struggling to keep his car on the road.
The second McLaren driven by Ricciardo sixth at the chequered flag, 24 seconds down on Sainz.
Sergio Perez missed out on Championship points after starting the race from second on the grid, enduring a difficult race in the sister Red Bull car.
In the early stages, the Mexican struggled to keep up with his team-mate in front, and was handed a stop/go penalty for overtaking cars after making a mistake under an early safety car period.
At the red flag restart, Perez was positioned in fourth, however a self-inflicted mistake saw him drop out of the points. In the final laps, he closed down on a pack lead by ninth-placed Kimi Raikkonen, but failed to break into the top 10.
Further up the road, Lance Stroll endured issues with his car to take home sixth for Aston Martin, ahead of Pierre Gasly and Kimi Raikkonen.
Esteban Ocon captured Alpine’s first points of 2021, leading home veteran team-mate Fernando Alonso by less than a second.
As well Bottas and Russell, Nicholas Latifi joined the list of retirees following an opening lap collision with the Haas of Nikita Mazepin
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THE NEXT RACE 2022
|Bahrain 2022||20 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|