Verstappen wins and LAPS Hamilton, Sainz OUT in Ferrari nightmare


Max: We did everything well

Imola winner Max Verstappen lauded Red Bull’s ‘well-managed’ weekend.

Verstappen started on pole and kept his nerve in drying conditions after failing to finish in Bahrain and Australia.

He also won Saturday’s sprint race and a bonus point for setting the fastest lap, earning a total of 34 points from the weekend.

He said: “We were at it and it looked like a strong weekend and as a team we did everything very well.

“Given the conditions and when to swap tyres, and given the pace, everything was managed well.”

However, a sad weekend was complicated for Hamilton as he saw teammate George Russell finish in fourth place.

While there was also an unexpected podium for Lando Norris, who finished third behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in his McLaren.

Norris said: “It was an amazing race. The team deserved it from where we were in the race, scoring a podium is incredible.

“It’s hard work. A lot of time and effort is being put in and we’ve been able to capitalize on these situations, so the hard work and the mix of these conditions and it pays off.”


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