Max Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna GP that was full of drama. Lewis Hamilton recovered from a rare mistake that made him spin off the circuit into the gravel. Valtteri Bottas and George Russell were also involved in a huge crash. Under mixed weather conditions, Verstappen took over the lead from the start after starting third on the grid.
Max Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna GP even though he came under pressure from Hamilton during the pitstops but Hamilton missed his chance to capitalise when he spun off track while lapping George Russell. The latter was soon involved in a high-speed collision with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas. The collision saw the race red-flagged on the 32nd lap due to debris scattered on the track.
“On my side, it was not the greatest day, it’s the first time I’ve made a mistake in a long time. But I’m grateful I was able to bring the car home today,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton benefitted from the red flag as he was able to pit and change his front wing without losing much time. He was able to make it to the top 5 seven after the restart in lap 35 and then into the podium places by lap 55. He finally overtook Lando Norris with three laps to go to finish in the runner up position.
Leclerc headed Ferrari team-mate, Carlos Sainz, in fourth and fifth respectively, with Daniel Ricciardo sixth in the second McLaren and Lance Stroll seventh for Aston Martin on the road despite pre-race brake fires on both green cars. However, Stroll and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen – who had finished ninth – were both handed post-race time penalties.
Raikkonen fell completely out of the top 10 when he was given a 30-second penalty for rolling restarts. Raikkonen had spun during the restart, which means the Finn needed to enter the pit lane.