Note that the Dutchman took the lead immediately after the start, breaking through from the third position.

The second at the finish line was the British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. He also showed the best lap in the race, which allowed him to maintain the lead in the championship. Another Briton Lando Norris on the McLaren closed the top three.

Even before the start, the Imola circuit was rich in events. Spanish Alpin driver Fernando Alonso damaged his car in a minor accident during an installation circle. On the car of Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) the brake disc caught fire, and the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) suffered a puncture. Fortunately, the mechanics managed to fix all the problems by the start of the race.

The pilots took off in rainy conditions. Due to their own mistakes, Nicolas Latifi (Williams) and Mick Schumacher (Haas) broke their cars in the first laps of the distance, but the second was able to continue the race.

Championship leader Hamilton had an accident on lap 31 but returned from the gravel onto the track.

Almost next to the incident hit another Mercedes, but here everything turned out less well: Bottas collided with the British George Russell (Williams), both cars were seriously damaged. As a result, due to debris on the track, the race management decided on red flags.

After the restart, Hamilton broke into second place, and Norris was faster than Charles Leclair (Ferrari) in the fight for the third position. Verstappen maintained the lead from the first to the last lap.

World Championship. 2nd stage. Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix

  1. Max Verstappen (Netherlands, Red Bull) – 63 laps
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, “Mercedes”) – +22,000
  3. Lando Norris (Great Britain, McLaren) – +23.702
  4. Charles Leclair (Monaco, Ferrari) – +25.579
  5. Carlos Sainz (Spain, Ferrari) – +27.036
  6. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, McLaren) – +51.220
  7. Lance Stroll (Canada, Aston Martin) – +51.909
  8. Pierre Gasly (France, “Alpha Tauri”) – +52.818
  9. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Alfa Romeo) – +64.773
  10. Esteban Ocon (France, “Alpin”) – +65.704
  11. Fernando Alonso (Spain, Alpin) – +66.561
  12. Sergio Perez (Mexico, Red Bull) – +67.151
  13. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan, “Alpha Tauri”) – +73.184
  14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy, Alfa Romeo) – +1 lap
  15. Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Aston Martin) – +2 laps
  16. Mick Schumacher (Germany, “Haas”) – +2 laps
  17. Nikita Mazepin (Russia, “Haas”) – +2 laps

Valtteri Bottas (Finland, “Mercedes”) – descent

George Russell (Great Britain, Williams) – retirement

Nicolas Latifi (Canada, Williams) – retirement.

By Alex

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