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.theguardian - 23 days ago

Max Verstappen wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Hamilton blunder

World champion recovers from slide to finish secondLando Norris comes third at Imola for McLarenMax Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in an incident packed race where Lewis Hamilton’s hopes fell to pieces with a highly uncharacteristic error. In tricky wet and then drying conditions Verstappen delivered a masterclass of control while in stark contrast the world champion crashed out but was then able to deliver a superb recovery to comeback to second place. Lando Norris was superb to take third for McLaren, Charles Leclerc was in fourth for Ferrari and his teammate Carlos Sainz in fifth.Hamilton had started from pole at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari and although he lost the lead to Verstappen at turn one, the pair were locked in a mighty struggle from then on to the mid-point of the race when an unlikely unforced error put Hamilton off at the Tosa corner. A moment of exceptionally rare weakness on behalf of the world champion. He came back to fight on but the race belonged to the Dutchman who had not put a foot wrong. Hamilton still leads the world championship by just one point from Verstappen by dint of having taken the fastest lap here. Continue reading...


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