Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull)last world champion, won this Sunday the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the fourth of the Formula One World Championship, played at the circuit of Imola (Italy)where his Mexican teammate Sergio Pérez finished second in a race in which the two Spaniards abandoned, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine).
Verstappen, 24, achieved his twenty-second victory in F1 – his second of the season, after the one in Saudi Arabia – in a brilliant way, signing a ‘Grand Chelem’ (starting from ‘pole’, setting the fastest lap and leading the race from start to finish) and leading the Red Bull ‘double’ ahead of ‘Checo’; in a race for the forgetfulness of Ferrari, that the English Lando Norris (McLaren) finished third.
The Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), World Cup leader, that he made a serious mistake, when he was running third, with nine of the 63 laps that were given to Imola this Sunday, he finished the race in sixth position; in a sad day for the ‘Scuderia’ in front of his fans.
At the Enzo e Dino de Ferrari Autodrome in Imola the English George Russell (Mercedes) He finished -after climbing seven positions- fourth, one place ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo).
Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) finished seventh at Imola, one place ahead of four-time German world champion Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin). Danish Kevin Magnussen (Haas), who finished ninth; and Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), who was tenth, also entered the points.
With his victory, Verstappen rose to second place overall, which he occupies with 59 points, 27 of the 86 with which he leads the Leclerc World Cup. ‘Checo’ moved up one place and is now third, with 54 points, five more than Russell and 16 more than Sainz, who, after leaving due to an accident on the first lap, fell to fifth place in the championship.
Alonso had touched at the start with the German Mick Schumacher (Haas) and only after the withdrawal of the safety car that entered the track due to the accident -without major physical consequences- of his compatriot Sainz, did he lose a piece of the pontoon of his Alpine and abandoned after the sixth lap.
The next race, the Miami Grand Prix, It will be played in the aforementioned town of Florida (USA) on May 8, in the circuit around the Hard Rock Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins, a team of the NFL, the professional American football league, play as locals.