victory for Verstappen, bad operation for Leclerc

VICTORY FOR VERSTAPPEN!

Without too much suspense, Max Verstappen won in a wheelchair at Imola, ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez and Lando Norris! With the best lap as a bonus. Big disappointment for Charles Leclerc, guilty of a big mistake, who finished 6th.

Lap 62: Leclerc passes Tsunoda

Without too much difficulty, Charles Leclerc overtook Tsunoda and advanced to 6th place.

Round 61: the podium takes shape

Behind Verstappen, who flies to victory, Sergio Perez and Lando Norris are on track to finish on the box. Charles Leclerc is 7th, 18 seconds behind Tsunoda.

Tower 59: the first drops of rain are coming

After big black clouds above the circuit, the first drops of rain arrived five laps from the finish.

Tour 57: Leclerc fights in the void

The Monegasque begins an attempt to come back, but he is much too far and is content with 8th place.

Tour 53: Leclerc’s mistake!

The front wing is damaged for Leclerc after an attack in a chicane, which returns to the pits! Big mistake for the Monegasque, who came out 8th. Good operation for Norris (3rd) and Russell (4th).

Lap 52: Best lap for Leclerc

The comeback continues for Leclerc, with 12 laps remaining. He points within a second of Perez.

Lap 51: Perez follows Ferrari strategy

The Red Bull driver also stops in the pits, as Leclerc swoops down on Norris and comes dangerously close to Perez.

Lap 50: Leclerc in the pits

Leclerc put on the soft tires and was overtaken by Norris at the exit.

Lap 48: Tsunoda accelerates

Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) overtook Kevin Magnussen (Haas) in front of the pit wall to take 8th place.

Tour 43: Leclerc seems to secure the podium

With 23 seconds ahead of Norris, Charles Leclerc is comfortably installed in third place. He could afford a pit stop. But the Monegasque driver wants to keep his tires.

Round 41: Hamilton passes Verstappen

Quietly, the Briton lifts his foot and lets his great rival pass, who takes a turn.

Lap 39: Verstappen to catch up with Hamilton

Amazing image, since Max Verstappen is very close to taking a lap from Lewis Hamilton, still 14th.

Lap 38: the top 10 of the GP

The provisional top 10 of this GP: Verstappen, Perez, Leclerc, Norris, Russell, Bottas, Vettel, Magnussen, Tsunoda and Stroll.

Lap 37: Leclerc moves away

The Monegasque is 2 seconds behind Perez but does not seem able to overtake him for the moment.

Lap 34: Verstappen always faster

The Dutchman once again takes the best time from Sergio Perez (1’20″550), who is still struggling with Leclerc, who seems to be lacking in rhythm.

Lap 31: the halfway point is approaching

And still no rain, to the delight of the pilots, who took advantage of an almost dry track.

1. Verstappen

2. Perez

3. Leclerc

4. Norris

5.Russell

Lap 28: Verstappen in control

Fastest lap for the world champion (1’20″686), still well established at the head of this GP, 7 seconds ahead of Perez and 8 ahead of Leclerc.

Lap 25: off track for Schumacher

Without consequence for the German, who leaves in stride in 18th place.

Round 25: Hamilton stagnates

Lewis Hamilton is in the fight with Pierre Gasly for 13th place. The difficult start to the season continues for the Mercedes driver.

Round 23: penalty for Ocon

Five seconds penalty for Ocon, sanctioned for a bad exit from the pits in front of Hamilton.

Lap 22: Leclerc fastest lap

Still 3rd, Leclerc finds himself in the suction of Perez and achieves the best lap for the moment. He’s less than a second from the Mexican.

Round 19: Verstappen and Leclerc in the pits

Drivers opt for medium tyres. Leclerc comes out second but is eaten by Perez, who has hotter tires than the Monegasque.

Lap 19: several drivers in the pits

Russel, Hamilton, Ocon and even Bottas rush to the pits to change their tyres.

Round 18: Leclerc very close

Charles Leclerc comes dangerously close to Perez, who feels the breath of the Monegasque. The Red Bull driver stops in the pits.

Lap 17: Ricciardo in the pits

2.6 seconds pit stop for Ricciardo, who leaves in last position. We are also preparing the ground for his teammate Norris.

Lap 16: tires wear out

Max Vertappen explains on his radio that the track is beginning to slip. The tires are starting to wear out, while the rain should be here soon.

Round 13: Leclerc closes in on Perez

Charles Leclerc was two seconds behind the Mexican, but couldn’t get any closer. Verstappen is still well ahead with the fastest lap.

Round 12: Russell gets rid of Magnussen

The Mercedes driver thought he had got the better of Magnussen to take 5th place, but the Haas driver is struggling. Finally, the Briton takes the best.

Round 10: the classification

1. Verstappen (fastest lap)

2. Perez

3. Leclerc

4. Norris

5. Magnussen

6.Russell

7. Boots

8.Vettel

9. Tsunoda

10.Stroll

Round 8: Charles Leclerc passes Norris!

Nice strategy from the Monegasque, who overtook Lando Norris in the middle of a turn, under the clamor of the tifosi. He is three seconds behind Perez and six behind Verstappen.

Round 7: Alonso retires

The Spaniard’s single-seater is damaged after a collision with Mick Schumacher’s car. After a pit stop, he had to retire.

Round 6: Hamilton 11th

Starting 14th, the Briton has already gained three places. The French also come back, with Ocon 12th and Gasly 13th.

Lap 5: the track dries up

While rain is announced in the next few minutes, some portions of the track seem dry.

Round 4: Ricciardo is off to a good start

Involved in Sainz’s spin, Daniel Ricciardo was able to start again and is last.

End of the yellow flag, the race can speed up.

Round 3: Leclerc 4th

Charles Leclerc made a very bad start and was overtaken by Perez and Norris. All of Ferrari’s hopes are now on his shoulders.

Round 2: no investigation for the incident

Hard blow for Sainz, who already gives up. This is his second retirement in two races.

Round 1: Safety Car for Carlos Sainz

The Ferrari driver is still off track after the first corner. Verstappen is in the lead, ahead of teammate Perez and Lando Norris.

IT’S GOING FOR THE GP!

The Ferraris got off to a bad start, with a spin for Sainz! The Red Bulls are off to a great start!

Let’s go for the formation lap

The traditional warm-up lap for the 20 drivers, before the 63 laps of the track. The Chinese Zhou will start last from the pits.

45 points ahead for Leclerc in the general classification

After three Grand Prix, the Monegasque driver is 45 points ahead of Verstappen, who will start ahead this Sunday.

Marco Verratti is present at Imola

Just crowned French champion with PSG, Marco Verratti is present to follow this GP.

The crowded stands

Regardless of the weather conditions, the stands are full a few minutes from the start.

At Imola, the pride found in Ferrari tifosi

Faced with Ferrari’s excellent start to the season (two wins in three GPs), Scuderia supporters are obviously dreaming of success at home this Sunday.

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The starting grid, with Verstappen on pole

After his victory in the qualifying sprint race on Saturday, reigning world champion Max Verstappen will start from pole position, just ahead of Charles Leclerc and his Ferrari, who will be playing at home.

Note that the Mercedes of Russell (11th) and Hamilton (14th) will start far behind, just like the French. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) is 17th, just behind Esteban Ocon (Alpine), 16th.

Rainy day in Imola

The track promises to be wet for the drivers, since it is raining at Imola.

Hello everyone

Welcome to this live commentary to follow the fourth Grand Prix of the season on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola, Italy. The opportunity to see a superb duel between Max Verstappen, the reigning world champion, and Charles Leclerc, already winner of two races this season, including the last in Australia. The start of the race is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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