Verstappen wins Leclerc duel to prevail in Imola dash

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Max Verstappen

The Tifosi at Imola are hoping for a weekend-extensive celebration amid Ferrari’s resurgence, led by Charles Leclerc, in 2022.

He was on course to give them a thing to cheer in the sprint, having past pole-sitter Verstappen and, for most of the 21 laps, seeking set to declare the greatest 8 factors.

But Leclerc’s front suitable tyre grained in the remaining laps as Verstappen closed immediately in an outstanding Red Bull, the reigning entire world winner retaking the lead on the penultimate lap to assert victory.

Leclerc extended his championship guide to 40 details as Mercedes’ George Russell completed outside the eight details areas on one more dismal working day for the Silver Arrows, although Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz moved into next in the drivers’ standing as he took fourth powering Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez.

An abundance of wheelspin at the begin noticed Verstappen surrender major place to Leclerc and he was not close to the Ferrari at a basic safety car restart following a collision between Pierre Gasly and Zhou Guanyu.

But, as Leclerc’s proper front faded, Verstappen struck a blow for Red Bull as he bought himself within just a second at the DRS zone on the commence-complete straight and swept about the outside of the Ferrari into the Tamburello chicane.

Perez obtained himself up from seventh to third while Sainz enhanced from 10th to fourth immediately after his crash in qualifying, with the McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo boasting fifth and sixth.

The final details locations went to Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, with Russell and Lewis Hamilton non-elements who will begin 11th and 14th respectively.

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