Emilia Romagna GP started with excitement. Looked like this race will be full of racing problems. Yuki TSunida gets a 5-place penalty for a gearbox change before the race in Imola. An hour before the sky indicates rain. In addition, Valtteri Bottas gets a puncture in the rear left, Lance Strol has problems with the brakes on the set-up lap. While Fernando Alonso crashes at the wall. Sebstian Vettel also has problems with the brakes, starts his race from the pit lane.
Emilia Romagna GP starts
It is quite clear that the road on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari is not dry yet, but it will be very soon. How fast to change the tires – that is the most important question for strategists of all Formula 1 teams. Especially for Nikita Mzepin’s Haas F1 and Alpha Tauri with Perre Gasly. These drivers have wet tires.
Max Verstappen filled the green light to drive fast – better than others, he comes into first position, very aggressive ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Even Brit’s attempt to retake the position is not successful. Race management decided not to conduct an investigation against Versttapen.
Meanwhile, just as much rain water spilled onto the track as Nicholas Latifi had crashed into the wall. Mick Schumacher had the same problem – wing loss. But still not enough for Pierre Gasly’s fast wet tires. At the same time, Sergio Perez was given 10 seconds stop-and-go to return the position after leaving the track.
Emilia Romagna GP disaster on lap 31.
This lap destroys both positions of Mercedes Formula 1. Lewis Hamilton overtook George Russell for one lap and pulled him off the track onto the gravel, but instead of giving up, he backed off and returned to the race behind the drivers. Valteri Bottas, who had the accident with George Russell, crashed heavily into the wall. Bert Mylander did not lose any time and the red safety Mercedes is almost there. Looks like the F1 thruster is okay, but it indicates that Bottas has damage.
Emilia Romagna GP stopped on lap 33
While Bottas tries to get out of the shock and into the real world, the race is stopped. Pretty clear, it is not so easy to walk through Mercedes F1 and George Russell Williams after the crash. All drivers and team bosses look at the weather and try to understand that there is no reason to rain.
In 10 minutes everything is clear, but the track is wet, there is no way to overtake. Sergio Perez keeps making mistakes, like the others. There is very tricky outside the dry line on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrai. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, charged by magic water, overtakes Lance Stroll, Daniel Ricciardo. With three laps to go, he catches up to Norris. Lando can’t get enough to resist and Hamilton takes second place. But the problem is that Max Verstappen and Hamilton will have same 43 points in the overall standings. What does Hamilton do? The Briton shows the fastest lap and saves the lead: 44 against 43 in the Formula 1 drivers “standings.
Lando Norris becomes the driver of the day. He achieves the goal for Emilia Romagna GP and managed to make up for his retirement in qualifying on Saturday. That’s completely justified, because McLaren adds. It’s a great pleasure to see how the teams have faster: to see the speed of Red Bull and the progress of McLaren. Congratulations to the winners!