VIDEO. “One or two more rounds, I would have had it!” : Norris comes close to beating Verstappen, victorious again in F1 at Imola

VIDEO. “One or two more rounds, I would have had it!” : Norris comes close to beating Verstappen, victorious again in F1 at Imola

Verstappen a réussi à tenir Norris derrière lui en fin de course. MAXPPP – DANILO DI GIOVANNI

The three-time reigning world champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won with a lead of less than a second against Lando Norris (McLaren) during the Emilia Romagna Formula Grand Prix. 1, Sunday May 19, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) completing the podium.

The horizon was clear for "Mad Max" on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari track in Imola, Italy. Starting from pole in front of a red tide acquired by Ferrari, the three-time reigning world champion resisted until the end the return of his pursuer Lando Norris (McLaren) to win his 59th GP in the elite, at the ;rsquo;from a race that remained tasteless for a long time.

"In the last ten laps I was at full throttle and I saw Lando getting closer, I couldn't afford to make too many mistakes,” Verstappen explained to arrival. At the wheel of his powerful Red Bull, the Dutchman crossed the finish line with less than a second ahead of Norris, winner of the previous GP, in Miami at the beginning of May.

The reigning champion had only finished " second. "It pains me to say it, but one or two more rounds, I’would have had it!", Norris conceded on Sunday. Starting second on the grid, "I lost too much ground compared to Max at the start", detailed the Briton. "But we can now confirm it : we are now fighting for the top places with Red Bull and Ferrari !"

Leclerc consoles himself with the podium and second place overall

The first Ferrari, that of Monegasque Charles Leclerc, completed the podium in this 7th round of the season out of 24. Like most of the teams this weekend, the Prancing Horse team has made a series of improvements to its SF-24s, cultivating the hope of winning at home in Italy. In vain. "At least, it’s a podium!", Leclerc still consoled himself. "I'm only happy when I win and today we didn’do it", he admitted.

The other Ferrari of Spaniard Carlos Sainz finished 5th, behind the second McLaren driven by Australian Oscar Piastri, 4th. The two Mercedes of the British Lewis Hamilton George Russell finished 6th and 7th.

In the drivers' championship, Verstappen now has a lead of 48 points over his new runner-up Leclerc. The Monegasque overtook the other Red Bull in the championship, that of the Mexican Sergio Pérez, who failed to finish in an anonymous 8th place. The French from the Alpine team Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly finished 14th and 16th and therefore leave Italy without a point.

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