Verstappen withstands late Norris assault in sudden end

Max Verstappen secured his fifth victory of the 12 months on the F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, holding off a late surge from Lando Norris.

Regardless of the challenges he confronted on Friday and Saturday, Verstappen executed a near-perfect race, demonstrating management over his rivals with sudden ease. Charles Leclerc joined them on the rostrum, whereas Carlos Sainz completed fifth, simply behind Oscar Piastri.

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The anticipation of a head-to-head battle between Max and Lando shortly dissipated inside six laps. Norris realized that staying near the Purple Bull would wreck his tires for the rest of the race.

Verstappen took benefit, pulling away from his rival and escaping the DRS zone. Though his automotive’s superiority is not what it as soon as was, it was sufficient at Imola to safe a comparatively comfy victory, regardless of a late tire subject.

At one level, it appeared like Norris’ McLaren may catch up, but it surely turned out to be a minor scare for Max because of tire put on. Verstappen managed to face up to Norris’ determined late assaults.

Carlos Sainz attacked Leclerc at first however was quickly caught behind Norris, permitting Leclerc to defend his place with out a lot bother.

Sainz spent the race defending in opposition to a persistent Piastri, who could not discover a strategy to overtake him on monitor.

Ferrari‘s technique to maintain Sainz out longer didn’t repay as he misplaced place to Piastri when he lastly pitted. The McLaren was merely quicker throughout that part of the race.

Unfortunate Alonso

Fernando Alonso began from the pit lane on smooth tires, hoping for clear air and a counter-strategy.

Sadly, his race was marred by dangerous luck. On his first pit cease (lap 9), his entrance brakes caught hearth, forcing him to speed up again onto the monitor to extinguish the flames.

Regardless of a number of crashes over the weekend and burnt brake discs, Alonso managed to complete nineteenth, solely forward of Albon, who had a wheel subject. Now, Alonso units his sights on Monaco.

Improbable end at Imola

Within the ultimate 30 laps, Verstappen prolonged his result in 6.4 seconds over Norris and eight.2 over Leclerc, with Piastri and Sainz additional again. Hamilton moved up after passing Perez, who hadn’t stopped but. Verstappen managed his tire put on effectively sufficient to fend off Norris’s late problem, securing his fifth win of the season.

Regardless of some late-race drama and tire put on points, Verstappen demonstrated why he stays a dominant pressure in Components 1. With this victory, he continues to guide the championship, wanting robust because the season progresses.

Emilia Romagna 2024 Outcomes

  1. M. Verstappen, Purple Bull 63/63
  2. L. Norris, McLaren + 0.7
  3. C. Leclerc, Ferrari + 7.7
  4. O. Piastri, McLaren + 14.6
  5. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari + 21.4
  6. L. Hamilton, Mercedes + 34.0
  7. G. Russell, Mercedes + 48.4
  8. S. Perez, Purple Bull + 55.8
  9. L. Stroll, Aston Martin + 73.7
  10. Y. Tsunoda, RB + 1 Lap
  11. N. Hulkenberg, Haas + 1 Lap
  12. D. Ricciardo, RB + 1 Lap
  13. Okay. Magnussen, Haas + 1 Lap
  14. V. Bottas, Stake + 1 Lap
  15. E. Ocon, Alpine + 1 Lap
  16. G. Zhou, Stake + 1 Lap
  17. P. Gasly, Alpine + 1 Lap
  18. L Sargeant, Williams + 1 Lap
  19. Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin + 1 Lap
  20. A. Albon, Williams DNF

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