6 winners and 5 losers for the 2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix: who made the most of the mixed conditions?

The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix was hit by rain for the second consecutive year, with Max Verstappen mastering the conditions while others floundered. We have selected six winners and five losers from Imola.

Winner: Max Verstappen

This weekend couldn’t have gone better for Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver on pole position in qualifying, winning the first F1 Sprint of the season before converting P1 Grand Prix to his second victory of the campaign – with the fastest lap to start.

This high number of points breathed new life into the title challenge of the reigning world champion. He is now just 27 points behind Charles Leclerc and heads to Miami with momentum after an impressive performance.

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Verstappen is back in the league after collecting maximum points

Loser: Charles Leclerc

The tops of the F1 Sprint lead to the final laps must seem a long time ago for Charles Leclerc, who suffered a poor start in the main Grand Prix to climb from second to fourth.

Although he recovered third place, a rare error at the chicane at the end of the race threw him into the barriers. He returned to the pits to pick up a new front wing, but it dropped him to ninth place. He recovered three places but sixth was at least three places lower than his car was capable of.

Winner: Lando Norris

There’s just something about Imola that seems to be delivering huge results for Lando Norris, with the McLaren driver producing a stellar performance in tough conditions to follow his podium at last year’s event with his first of this season.

READ MORE: Norris hails McLaren’s ‘incredible’ performance after back-to-back Imola podiums

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

Norris and McLaren changed their season after just four races

Loser: Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz recovered well from an error in qualifying to line up fourth for the Grand Prix after a fine performance in F1 Sprint, but his participation on Sunday lasted less than a minute after being thrown into the gravel by Daniel Ricardo.

The Spaniard couldn’t escape, forcing his second consecutive retirement. This means he has managed just one full lap of the race in the last two events and now leads his Ferrari teammate Leclerc by 48 points in the championship.

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Winner: Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen’s fine comeback to Formula 1 continued as he added two points in Sunday’s Grand Prix to the one he had secured the day before in the F1 Sprint.

It capped off a fine weekend which saw him claim fourth place in qualifying – Haas’ best qualifying performance – and means he has now scored in three of the first four races to take 10th place in the standings. pilots.

Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix 2022: Sainz encounters problems on the gravel at the start of Imola

Loser: Lewis Hamilton

It was a trying weekend for Lewis Hamilton, with the Briton finishing a lowly 13th for his first scoreless score of the season.

It was his worst race result since finishing 18th in Azerbaijan last year, when he took an escape route on the final restart with two laps to go while battling for the lead.

READ MORE: Hamilton admits he’s ‘out of the league’ after tough run to 13th at Imola

Winner: Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas’ dream start to Alfa Romeo continued at Imola, with the Finn securing a season-best fifth with a fine performance that saw him put pressure on George Russell in the closing stages.

Bottas excelled at Imola in both wet and dry conditions

That puts him eighth in the drivers’ standings while Alfa Romeo moved up to fifth in the constructors’ championship after their best result since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Losers: The tifosi

Ferrari’s loyal fan base came out in force at Imola on Sunday, with the venue securing 64,000 spectators – but they weren’t rewarded with a win – or even a podium.

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While Ferrari, which had its chairman John Elkann in town on Sunday, retains the lead in the constructors’ championship, they are only 11 points clear of Red Bull.

The tifosi were in force all weekend at Imola

Winners: Aston Martin

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

His teammate Lance Stroll defended well to secure 10th place, maintaining his record of finishes in every race this season (and never below 13th place).

WATCH: Check out the slippery race start of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix as Sainz and Ricciardo tangle

Losers: Alpine

Alpine’s 2022 points race ended at Imola, with Fernando Alonso retiring early after being damaged by contact with Mick Schumacher.

Another race to forget for Alonso, car damage leading to early retirement

Esteban Ocon finished 11th but dropped to 14th after a five-second penalty for a dangerous exit, ending his seven-point racing streak. As a result, Alpine drops to sixth place in the constructors’ standings.

Winner: George Russell

George Russell is one of only two drivers to score in every Grand Prix so far this year – championship leader Leclerc is the other – with the Mercedes driver having completed a clear round at Imola.

The Briton comfortably outstripped the W13’s abilities in Italy, holding off stern pressure from Bottas – the driver he replaced at the Silver Arrows – to finish P4 for his fourth consecutive top five.

HIGHLIGHTS: Relive the action of the race at Imola, as Verstappen dominates to lead Red Bull 1-2

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