6 winners and 5 losers for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2022: Who made the best of the mixed conditions?

Emilia Romagna’s Grand Prix was hit by rain for the second year in a row, with Max Verstappen mastering the conditions while others whistled. We have selected six winners and five losers from Imola.

Winner: Max Verstappen

This weekend could not have gone better for Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver who took pole in the qualification and won the first F1 sprint of the season before converting P1 in the Grand Prix to his second victory in the campaign – with the fastest lap to start . .

The large number of points has breathed new life into the reigning world champion’s title challenge. He is now only 27 points behind Charles Leclerc and is heading to Miami with momentum after an impressive performance.

READ MORE: Verstappen wins Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award for 2022


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Verstappen is back in the championship after picking up maximum points

Loser: Charles Leclerc

The highlights of leading the F1 Sprint until the final few laps must feel like a long time ago for Charles Leclerc, who suffered a poor start in the main grand prix to fall from second to fourth place.

Although he made it to third place, a rare mistake by the harassment hit him late into the barriers. He came back to the pit to take a new wing, but it dropped him to ninth. He knocked back three places, but sixth place was at least three places lower than his car was capable of.

Winner: Lando Norris

There’s just something about Imola that looks to deliver tremendous results for Lando Norris, the McLaren rider who is producing a fantastic performance under difficult conditions to follow up on his podium at last year’s event with his first this season.

READ MORE: Norris pays tribute to ‘fantastic’ McLaren performance after consecutive Imola podiums

He has now finished on the podium in the last three races on Italian soil (he finished second at Monza) and moves over compatriot Lewis Hamilton to sixth place in the drivers’ championship.


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Norris and McLaren have turned their season around after just four races

Taber: Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz recovered from a mistake in qualifying to finish fourth in the Grand Prix after a fine performance in the F1 sprint, but his participation on Sunday lasted less than a minute after he was thrown into the gravel by Daniel Ricciardo .

The Spaniard could not escape, forcing his second consecutive retirement. That means he has only managed a full race in the last two events and now follows Ferrari team-mate Leclerc with 48 points in the championship.

READ MORE: ‘I paid for Ricciardo’s mistake’ says Sainz, after finishing second race in a row in gravel trap

Winner: Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen’s fine return to Formula 1 continued as he added two points in Sunday’s Grand Prix to what he earned the day before in the F1 Sprint.

It ended a fine weekend that had secured him a fourth-place finish in qualifying – Haas ‘best qualifying performance ever – and means he has now scored in three of the first four races to become number 10 in the drivers’ standings.

2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Sainz runs into trouble on gravel at Imola start

Loser: Lewis Hamilton

This was a chastening weekend for Lewis Hamilton, the Briton finishing in a poor 13th place for his first score without points this season.

It is his worst race result since finishing as number 18 in Azerbaijan last year as he ran down an escape route at the last restart with two laps left while challenging for the lead.

READ MORE: Hamilton admits he is ‘out of the championship match’ after a hard race for P13 at Imola

Winner: Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas’ dream start at Alfa Romeo continued in Imola, the Finn secured a season-best fifth place with a great performance that saw him push George Russell in the final stages.


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Bottas excelled in Imola in both the wet and dry conditions

It places him in eighth place in the drivers ‘position, while Alfa Romeo jumps up to fifth place in the constructors’ championship after what was their best result since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2019.

Losers: The fans

Ferrari’s loyal fan base took effect at Imola on Sunday, where the venue secured 64,000 sold out – but they were not rewarded with a win – or even a podium.

READ MORE: That’s what the teams said – Race day in Emilia Romagna

While Ferrari, who had their chairman John Elkann in town on Sunday, retain the lead in the constructors’ championship, they are now just 11 points ahead of Red Bull.


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Tifosi was out in force all weekend in Imola

Winners: Aston Martin

Aston Martin finally got on the board in 2022 – and they did with both cars when Sebastian Vettel switched to slicks at the right time and eventually finished eighth.

His teammate Lance Stroll defended well to secure a 10th place finish and maintained his record in every race this season (and never lower than 13th).

SEE: Watch the smooth start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Sainz and Ricciardo whirl

Tabere: Alpine

Alpine’s points scoring in 2022 ended in Imola, where Fernando Alonso withdrew early after injuries from contact with Mick Schumacher.


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Another race to forget for Alonso, car injury that led to early retirement

Esteban Ocon was 11th but dropped to 14th after a five-second time penalty for an uncertain release, ending his seven-run points score. As a result, Alpine drops to sixth place in the constructors’ position.

Winner: George Russell

George Russell is one of only two drivers to have scored in each Grand Prix so far this year – championship leader Leclerc is the other – with the Mercedes racer delivering a flawless display in Imola.

The Briton comfortably surpassed the W13’s capacity in Italy, holding back heavy pressure from Bottas – the driver he replaced at the Silver Arrows – to finish P4 for his fourth consecutive top-five finish.

HIGHLIGHTS: Relive the action from the race in Imola, while Verstappen dominates and leads Red Bull 1-2

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