Verstappen wins Imola Sprint Race

After a poor start from P1, Max Verstappen lost the lead of the race on lap one to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The Ferrari pulled out a 1.5s gap and ran in the lead for the majority of the 21-lap sprint.

Patience was the key for Verstappen who waited and managed the gap as well as his tires and this paid dividends as Leclerc’s Ferrari started to suffer with degradation on his soft compounds.

This allowed Max to get his Red Bull within DRS range and make the pass for the lead and win. Max will start Sunday’s race from pole followed by Leclerc and Sergio Perez.

Sprint Race Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING RBPT2130:39.5670
216Charles LeclercFERRARI21+2.975s0
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING RBPT21+4.721s0
455Carlos SainzFERRARI21+17.578s0
54Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES21+24.561s0
63Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES21+27.740s0
777Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI21+28.133s0
820Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI21+30.712s0
914Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT21+32.278s0
1047Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI21+33.773s0
1163George RussellMERCEDES21+36.284s0
1222Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI RBPT21+38.298s0
135Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES21+40.177s0
1444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES21+41.459s0
1518Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES21+42.910s0
1631Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT21+43.517s0
1710Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI RBPT21+43.794s0
1823Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES21+48.871s0
196Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES21+52.017s0


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Xean Drury

Are we allowed to call a Sprint a Race in 2022, or are you dancing with the forbidden fruit of risque nomenclature? ~X8