F1 2022: Verstappen takes grand slam at Emilia Romagna GP, first Red Bull 1-2 finish since 2016



It was the perfect long weekend for the Red Bull Racing team at the Imola circuit, especially for their poster boy Max Verstappen who finished in style, completing a grand slam in Ferrari‘s backyard. The 24 year old driver managed to lead the qualifying on Friday, followed by a dramatic win in Saturday’s Sprint, and then finally bringing home the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, along with the fastest lap.
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez finished second, making it the first Red Bull 1-2 finish since 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix when Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finished in the first and second positions respectively. McLaren driver Lando Norris completed the podium at the Emilia Romagna GP.
After tailing the Red Bull team for the majority of the race, Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari spun on Lap 53, damaging his front wing. The young Ferrari driver did manage to get going after pitting for a wing replacement, however, could only finish 6th on his new slick tyres – effectively handing over the third position to Norris.
After starting 10th in the race, George Russell gained six positions, scoring 12 points and moving down to the fourth position in the Driver Standings. Valtteri Bottas finished fifth, only +0.621 seconds behind his successor at Mercedes. Yuki Tsunoda managed to gain five spots, bringing home 6 points for the AlphaTauri team. Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen, and Lance Stroll were the remaining three point scorers at the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Here are all the 10 point scorers:
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) – 1:32:07.986
2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing) – +16.527s
3. Lando Norris (McLaren Racing) – +18.307
4. George Russell (Mercedes-AMG Petronas) – +7.672
5. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – +0.621
6. Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari) -+12.891
7. Yuki Tsunoda (Scuderia AlphaTauri) – +5.038
8. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – +9.782
9. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – +4.368
10. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – +1 lap
Alexander Albon and Pierre Gasly took the 11th and 12th positions respectively. Unfortunately, Lewis Hamilton’s poor form carries on, and the 7 time World Champion could only gain one position at today’s race, finishing 13th. Esteban Ocon finished behind the veteran British driver, followed by Zhou Guanyu in 15th.
Nicholas Latifi, Mick Schumacher, and Daniel Ricciardo finished 16th, 17th, and 18th respectively. Moreover, Carlos Sainz saw his weekend go from bad to worse after Daniel Ricciardo barged into him from behind, unintentionally of course, bringing a pre-mature end to the Spaniard’s race. Sainz’s fellow country Fernando Alonso also had to retire after contact with Mick Schumacher damaged his car.


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