F1 2022: Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna, Imola Grand Prix result, Max Verstappen wins, disaster for Ferrari, Charles Leclerc

It was an absolute disaster for Ferrari in their home race in Italy when Max Verstappen chewed up their star’s championship lead.

Max Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Italy to return to battle for the championship on a disastrous day for Ferrari.

Verstappen started from pole position and led from start to finish in what was a relatively quiet race at Imola.

The Dutchman has only finished two of the four races this season, but has won both, to prove that he is truly chasing the championship.

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He got the maximum points from victory, fastest lap and victory in Saturday’s sprint race.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was rock solid in second place, completing a perfect Grand Prix for Red Bull.

McLaren’s Lando Norris completed the podium, but was awarded third place when Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc flew off the track towards the end of the race.

Leclerc had switched leagues in an attempt to chase Perez and set the fastest lap, but misjudged a complicated chicane and bounced off a sausage curb and off the track.

The championship leader at the time was third and was aiming for second place, but he did well not to fall out of the race completely and to recover to finish sixth.

The slip means that Leclerc’s lead in the drivers’ standings has been reduced to 28 points ahead of Verstappen, who has jumped to second overall.

Former world champion Nico Rosberg Sky Sports: “Charles Leclerc, oh my god he said it.

“If you’re fighting for a championship against Max Verstappen, you simply can’t afford to ride out there when you’re driving alone.

“Yes, he was chasing Perez, but the pressure was on Perez, not Charles. Turn like this, my God.

“He has to avoid it for the rest of the season if he wants to win the championship. That was really tough. “

It was a day to forget for Ferrari in the home race, with Carlos Sainz excluded from the race when he collided with Daniel Ricciardo in the first corner on the first lap.

Sainz was furious and believed that Ricciardo was guilty of the accident, but he was not penalized.

It is the second consecutive race that Sainz has failed to finish after going off the track at the Australian Grand Prix.

“Ferrari is the one that will feel like they got punched in the stomach after today,” said Sky Sports commentator Paul Di Resta.

“What could they have done to get any luck? With all that momentum, all that red in the stands, it just didn’t happen. “

Daniel Ricciardo never recovered from the collision with Sainz and finished 18th, the last of the drivers to cross the finish line.

Top 10 of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

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 (Alfa Tauri)

8) Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

9) Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

10) Lance Stroll (Aston Martin

Originally published as Max Verstappen wins the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in the midst of the Ferrari disaster