Verstappen Wins Action-Packed Imola Thriller, Hamilton Recovers To P2

Max Verstappen started the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix third on the grid but comfortably won the race.

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Max Verstappen has won the action-packed 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix by a comfortable margin over second-placed Sir Lewis Hamilton.

The Dutch ace started the race in P3 but took the lead at the start after overtaking Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez and Hamilton.

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Hamilton was running in second place when he made a costly mistake around the halfway mark of the grand prix, but he recovered to P2 after benefitting from the race being red-flagged.

Lando Norris finished third to score his second-ever podium in Formula 1, ahead of the two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in P4 and P5, respectively.

Daniel Ricciardo scored good points after finishing in sixth position, though he’ll no doubt be disappointed to have been outpaced by his team-mate.

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Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly, Kimi Raikkonen and Esteban Ocon rounded out the top 10.

Fernando Alonso finished in P11, one place ahead of Sergio Perez who had a race to forget, with him picking up a 10-second time penalty and throwing away a strong P4 finish after spinning near the end of the grand prix.

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Yuki Tsunoda, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin were the last of the finishers.

Valtteri Bottas and George Russell took each other out of the race and brought out the red flags, while Nicholas Latifi crashed earlier in the grand prix after colliding with Mazepin’s Haas.

Both Verstappen and Hamilton have a win each after the first two rounds of the 2021 season, but the seven-time World Champion has a one-point advantage in the Drivers’ Standings as he set the fastest lap at Imola.

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