Before I launch into the outcome, let me give you the ‘formal’ name of this race.
Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made in Italy E Dell Emilia Romagna 2021 held at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy.
Now that’s a mouthful in anyone’s language.
In a rain-affected race, Red Bulls Max Verstappen took the lead on lap one and was arguably never headed. Lewis Hamilton lost significant time when he left the track and hit a barrier on lap 31, before recovering with an outstanding drive to finish in second place. Teammate Valterri Bottas didn’t finish the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, crashing out on lap 33
Lewis completes impressive recovery drive to claim P2 in action-packed Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
- Lewis clinched second place in changeable conditions in Imola despite hitting the barrier on lap 31 and falling to ninth position before the race was restarted on lap 34 following a red flag
- Valtteri suffered a DNF after an incident with Williams’ George Russell on lap 33
- Lewis set the fastest lap of the race to claim the bonus point on offer
- Lewis (44 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 1 point from Max Verstappen (43 points) with Valtteri (16 points) in P5
- The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team (60 points) leads Red Bull (53 points) by 7 points in the Constructors’ Championship
Considering I was facing the barrier at one stage, then a lap down, yeah, it was a difficult day in that regard. I had some really good pace in the rain and was catching but just a little bit impatient, maybe, with the backmarkers. I’m only human so these mistakes happen. I’m grateful that I was back in the race and could hunt down and get back to second. The car had a rough time today. I started first, should have been first at the finish but these things are sent to test us and we’ve got a great battle on our hands. Game on.
I’m okay physically. It was a half-decent shunt but obviously could have been a lot worse at that speed. George got close and decided to go for a move. Obviously, the track is quite narrow, there is only one dry line and he went for the outside, there was space all the time for two cars but he obviously lost the car and hit me. I haven’t spoken to him so far: I couldn’t hear a thing that he was on about and obviously we will have a different perspective on it. It was a tough race until then, from where I started it wasn’t easy to make ground. But I need to take whatever positives I can from this weekend and move on.
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