Max Verstappen produces a dominant performance to lead from start to finish in Imola; Charles Leclerc set for a third-placed finish until a late crash sees him drop to sixth; Leclerc mistake caps a disappointing home race for Ferrari after Carlos Sainz retires following a lap-one crash
Last Updated: 24/04/22 3:55pm
Max Verstappen delivered a dominant victory at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as a late crash for Charles Leclerc in Imola saw the Ferrari driver’s world championship lead reduced.
Verstappen produced a faultless display from pole position on a drying track to dominate the race and lead a Red Bull one-two from team-mate Sergio Perez.
Leclerc, who dropped from second to fourth at the start, hit a barrier as he attempted to chase Perez with 10 laps remaining, eventually finishing sixth after being forced to pit for a new front wing.
Leclerc’s error enabled Lando Norris to score a surprise podium for McLaren, with the incident capping a hugely disappointing home race for Ferrari, who saw Carlos Sainz retire on the first lap after a collision with Norris’ team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
George Russell drove an excellent race to finish fourth after starting 11th, but his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton endured a torrid afternoon, making up only one position as he finished outside the points in 13th.
Emilia Romagna GP race result: Top 10
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
3) Lando Norris, McLaren
4) George Russell, Mercedes
5) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
6) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
7) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
8) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
9) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
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