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Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Race: Podium
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Max Verstappen Red Bull
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2
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
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3
Lando Norris McLaren
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4
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
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Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari RACE TRACK, 18 Apr 2021
Winner
Max Verstappen
Red Bull

LIVE | 2021 Imola Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas
Bryn Lennon
Last Updated

18 April 16:15

Looking at the reply, Schumacher and Riakkonen were really lucky not to be pulled into that crash, or that they were not hit by any debris.

18 April 16:23

Race to resume at 4:25pm

18 April 16:26

Race will resume with a rolling start.

18 April 16:28

We're back racing in Lap 35/63. Verstappen leads from Norris.

18 April 16:28

Someone is in the gravel!

18 April 16:29

Tsunoda went off back track is cleared.

18 April 16:30

Leclerc is in P3 followed by Perezz, Sainz, Ricciardo, Stroll and Hamilton in P8.

18 April 16:33

Perez off in the gravel.

18 April 16:33

Perez now in 14th after going wide.

18 April 16:35

Hamilton back in P6 after passing Stroll and Raikkonen.

18 April 16:35

Stroll frustrated on the radio, McLaren says they are looking into his problem.

18 April 16:35

Hamilton sets the fastest lap.

18 April 16:38

Hamilton in P5.

18 April 16:39

Vettel gaining on Alonso, could he get into the points today?

18 April 16:43

Yuki told another lap has been deleted and he needs to stick to track limits. 

18 April 16:43

Yuki now shown the black the white flag for not respecting track limits.

18 April 16:43

Max holds the fastest lap.

18 April 16:49

Norris says he has vibrations on front. 

18 April 16:49

Hamilton in P4.

18 April 16:52

Battle for second between Norris, Leclerc and Hamilton who is just 0.3 seconds behind Leclerc, but not close enough.

18 April 16:55

Lewis is back in the podium places in P3!

18 April 16:55

Kimi to be investigated after the race for a safety car incident. 

18 April 16:56

Yuki to get a 5-second penalty added to his time for exceeding track restrictions.

18 April 17:00

Norris is 0.2 seconds ahead of Hamilton.

18 April 17:00

Norris says his clutch is slipping in corners.

18 April 17:01

Hamilton moves up to second place.

18 April 17:02

Norris on the radio: "He's too quick for me."

18 April 17:02

Hamilton takes back that extra point for the fastest lap. We're on lap 61/63.

18 April 17:02

Hamilton takes back that extra point for the fastest lap. We're on lap 61/63.

18 April 17:04

Yellow flag just appeared momentarily, but track is clear.

18 April 17:04

This is Max's race.

18 April 17:04

Mazepin spins out, again.

18 April 17:05

Vettel told to box as the gearbox is loose. Told to watch his shifting.

18 April 17:05

Stroll hanging on to 7th place.

18 April 17:06

Max Verstappen wins the Imola Grand Prix, his very first race win in Italy.

18 April 17:06

Norris takes another podium for McLaren in P3.

18 April 17:06

Norris takes another podium for McLaren in P3.

18 April 17:08

Leclerc in P4. 

18 April 17:09

Ocon comes in at P10 and gets his first points of the season.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:17.526
2:02:34.598
63
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:18.787
22.000
63
3
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:18.259
23.702
63
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:18.575
25.579
63
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:18.496
27.036
63
6
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:19.443
51.220
63
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:20.007
52.818
63
8
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:19.953
56.909
63
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:19.561
65.704
63
10
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:19.660
66.561
63
11
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:19.672
67.151
63
12
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:18.353
73.184
63
13
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:19.527
94.773
63
14
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:19.483
1 LAP
62
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:27.605
1 LAPS
61
16
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:19.991
1 LAP
61
17
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:27.971
2 LAPS
61
R
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
RETIRED
62 LAPS
0
R
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
RETIRED
32 LAPS
30
R
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George Russell
Williams
RETIRED
32 LAPS
30

18 Apr

It will take place in Portimao and we'll be here covering it all, from the start of FP1 to the end of the race. Thanks for tuning in today, and see you then.

18 Apr

After that, I want the next race now, but sadly we have to wait two weeks. Still, at least it's not three this time...

18 Apr

Well, what a race that was. Verstappen made quite the statement with a flawless drive to move within a point of Hamilton, while the Brit wasn't bad himself after making a mistake. What's more, Ferarri and McLaren were right in the mix.

18 Apr

Crikey. I need a lie down after that. F1 in Italy just always delivers, doesn't it?

18 Apr

The full result: P1 Verstappen, P2 Hamilton, P3 Norris, P4 Leclerc, P5 Sainz, P6 Ricciardo, P7 Stroll, P8 Gasly, P9 Raikkonen, P10 Ocon, P11 Alonso, P12 Perez, P13 Tsunoda, P14 Giovinazzi, P15 Vettel, P16 Schumacher, P17 Mazepin. RET: Bottas, Russell, Lat

18 Apr

Ricciardo just about manages to hold off Stroll and Gasly to take P6, while Raikkonen does the same to finish in P9 ahead of Ocon, with Alonso and Perez narrowly missing out of the points.

18 Apr

Leclerc and Sainz come home in P4 and P5 to give Ferrari an excellent result on home soil.

18 Apr

Hamilton takes P2 with an excellent recovery while Norris secures the second podium of his career.

18 Apr

Max Verstappen wins in Imola! What a performance!

18 Apr

As we enter the final lap, Vettel is forced to retire.

18 Apr

Perez is still stuck behind Raikkonen and the Alpines. He's been sat behind them for a good while now.

18 Apr

Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race. That extra point is his.

18 Apr

Can Norris hold off Leclerc and Sainz now? it'll be close.

18 Apr

Hamilton passes! He uses DRS to go around the outside and into P2.

18 Apr

Norris is parking his car in the middle of the track and not giving Hamilton a sniff at the moment.

18 Apr

Five laps to go.

18 Apr

Hamilton has a bit of a look at Norris but doesn't try a pass. He's much quicker though.

18 Apr

Raikkonen is doing an excellent job holding off the Alpines and Perez in P9.

18 Apr

Leclerc drops further back and loses DRS, which allows Hamilton to get past and move into P3.

18 Apr

With Leclerc having DRS, Hamilton just doesn't have enough pace to try a move.

18 Apr

The three of them are so close to each other now by holding position. This is anybody's game.

18 Apr

Leclerc has DRS from Norris too though so this won't be easy for the Mercedes.

18 Apr

Hamilton overtakes Sainz to move up to P4. He's within DRS range of Leclerc now.

18 Apr

Perez passes Vettel to take P12.

18 Apr

A 10-second lead for Verstappen now. The win is surely his.

18 Apr

Leclerc and Sainz are all over Norris now. Could we have two Ferraris on the podium?

18 Apr

Mercedes reckon he'll be able to get P2 as Norris's tyres start to drop off.

18 Apr

Hamilton passes Ricciardo. Next up, Sainz.

18 Apr

Verstappen is cruising up front. He's four seconds clear and is going purple. Behind him, Norris is holding off Leclerc but not by much.

18 Apr

What a blow that was for Red Bull. They would have fancied their chances of getting their first 1-2 finish in a long time.

18 Apr

Hamilton passes Stroll with DRS to take P6.

18 Apr

Perez has gone off! He looked set to take P3 but has now dropped down to P14.

18 Apr

Hamilton has only gained one place so far.

18 Apr

Norris is on soft tyres and looking fast. He may struggle to make it to the end of them though...

18 Apr

Tsunoda goes off.

18 Apr

Norris moves up to P2!

18 Apr

We're back underway!

18 Apr

We're going to have a Safety Car restart rather than a standing start. Damn.

18 Apr

Cars are heading back out to the track...

18 Apr

It may be dry enough for dry tyres, but it's still very slippy off the racing line, as Russell showed... Conditions are still very, very tricky.

18 Apr

Perez and Hamilton will both have their eyes on the podium. Can Leclerc and Norris hold on?

18 Apr

The race will restart in nine minutes.

18 Apr

We're only just over halfway through the race. My word.

18 Apr

The top 10 as it stands: P1 Verstappen, P2 Leclerc, P3 Norris, P4 Perez, P5 Sainz, P6 Ricciardo, P7 Stroll, P8 Raikkonen, P9 Hamilton, P10 Tsunoda.

18 Apr

There will be a standing start once things get back underway.

18 Apr

Looking at replays, the crash seems like Russell's fault entirely. Really silly behaviour from him afterwards given that.

18 Apr

After the crash, Russell walked over to Bottas while the Finn was still in his car and hit his helmet in anger. The Finn flipped him off in return.

18 Apr

Red Flag! The race has been stopped so that the debris and cars can be cleared.

18 Apr

Hamilton has pitted and is down to P9.

18 Apr

Russell tried to overtake Bottas on the outside but got on the grass too much and smashed into the Finn. Big impact for both.

18 Apr

Safety Car! Bottas and Russell have crashed!

18 Apr

He managed to reverse back onto the track but is down to P7 with damage!

18 Apr

He was catching Verstappen but went too wide and into the gravel!

18 Apr

Hamilton goes off!

18 Apr

Bottas is lapped by the front two...

18 Apr

Verstappen has a lead of 5.6 seconds.

18 Apr

Perez comes for a change of tyres, steering wheel and to serve his penalty. He rejoins in P5 behind Leclerc and Norris.

18 Apr

Hamilton does the same but it's a slow stop and he comes out just behind Verstappen!

18 Apr

Verstappen pits! He puts on mediums. That's a risk.

18 Apr

The gap between Verstappen and Hamilton is now under two seconds. The Mercedes is much faster.

18 Apr

Sainz flies past Ricciardo to take P6. That Ferrari looks excellent.

18 Apr

Hamilton closed the gap to Verstappen by 1.6 seconds in the last lap.

18 Apr

It looks like it's too early for slicks. Vettel's pace isn't good.

18 Apr

The German has been given a 10-second stop/go penalty for his wheels not being fitted five minutes before the start.

18 Apr

Vettel is! He pits for mediums. If he's quick, everyone will follow suit.

18 Apr

It's looking like it's time for dry tyres. Who will be the first to blink?

18 Apr

Perez has responded though and has just set the fastest lap of the race.

18 Apr

Norris is now catching Perez rapidly. P4 will be his soon.

18 Apr

Verstappen has opened the gap back up to over five seconds.

18 Apr

Ricciardo receives the order and obliges. Norris up to P5.

18 Apr

Norris is close behind Ricciardo and says he can go faster in clean air. In other words, he wants the Aussie to let him through.

18 Apr

Leclerc is looking comfortable in P3. He's 10 seconds ahead of Perez and, with the Red Bull having a penalty, is the favourite for that final podium spot.

18 Apr

Bottas meanwhile is only up to P9. He's struggling to make his way through the midfield.

18 Apr

Hamilton is starting to close the gap to the leader...

18 Apr

Yep. He has been handed a 10-second stop/go penalty. That's a big blow for Red Bull.

18 Apr

Perez is under investigation for overtaking under the Safety Car. That will be a penalty.

18 Apr

Gasly is struggling on wets as the track dries up. He's down to P9 with a queue forming behind him.

18 Apr

Verstappen is in a league of his own in these conditions. He has a lead of over five seconds now.

18 Apr

Perez has some problems with his steering, which is why his pace is so poor.

18 Apr

The McLaren passes the AlphaTauri. Next up is his team-mate.

18 Apr

Perez is struggling to keep up with Hamilton and Leclerc. Further back, Norris and Gasly are battling hard for P6.

18 Apr

Verstappen has already pulled away by three seconds.

18 Apr

Leclerc is all over the back of Hamilton.

18 Apr

Verstappen gets way perfectly to stay ahead at the restart.

18 Apr

The pit-lane is open and the Safety Car is coming in.

18 Apr

Perez has gone off but overtaken the cars that passed him. The stewards may frown upon that...

18 Apr

The Haas man also can't pit as the pit-lane is closed while debris is cleared. He has to keep it on track without a front-wing for a few laps...

18 Apr

He lost control warming his tyres up on the pit-straight and went into the wall.

18 Apr

Schumacher has crashed! He's lost his front wing.

18 Apr

Ocon has pitted for inters and is now last. Tsunoda meanwhile has moved up to P14.

18 Apr

Hamilton has damage to his front wing but his team are keeping him out for now.

18 Apr

Norris and Bottas both dropped down two places at the start, while Leclerc has got ahead of Perez.

18 Apr

The Canadian made contact with Mazepin and smashed into the barriers.

18 Apr

Safety Car! Latifi has crashed out.

18 Apr

Hamilton has damage after hitting the Dutchman!

18 Apr

And we're off! Verstappen flies off the line to take the lead!

18 Apr

He's got back in position.

18 Apr

Leclerc spins!

18 Apr

The spray is massive.

18 Apr

The formation lap is underway. Here we go.

18 Apr

Aston Martin didn't finish work on Vettel's car quickly enough and he'll have to start from the pit-lane.

18 Apr

Gasly, Ocon, Schumacher and Mazepin are on full wets, everyone else is on inters. Brave...

18 Apr

One man who will be very happy about these conditions is Yuki Tsunoda. Starting from the back with a quick car, he'll be aiming to do a lot of overtaking, and some rain will make that easier.

18 Apr

Aston Martin are still working on both of their cars. Cutting it fine...

18 Apr

All the pre-race displays have taken place, including a passionate national anthem and fly-over, and drivers are preparing to get into their cars.

18 Apr

With temperatures of just 11'C, the wet parts of the track won't be drying much before the start of the race, even if the rain stops falling.

18 Apr

Those brakes have burnt through some parts of the Aston Martin. That's a big job the team has to patch things up before the start.

18 Apr

Bottas has picked up a rear-left puncture on his way to the grid while Stroll's brakes are on fire, and there's still 25 minutes until the start of the race!

18 Apr

Norris says that inters are the way to go. it will be absolutely crucial that teams make the right call between the two compounds.

18 Apr

The track is absolutely soaking in some areas and completely dry in others...

18 Apr

The Alpine was on inters but has now gone back in to change to full wets. That seems to be the best tyre at the moment.

18 Apr

On his way to the grid, Fernando Alonso has gone off into the gravel. So yeah, conditions are rather tricky...

18 Apr

As if there weren't enough reasons to be excited, it's tipping it down with rain at Imola as we speak. A wet start is almost certain. Bring it on.

18 Apr

The full starting grid: P1 Hamilton, P2 Perez, P3 Verstappen, P4 Leclerc, P5 Gasly, P6 Ricciardo, P7 Norris, P8 Bottas, P9 Ocon, P10 Stroll, P11 Sainz, P12 Russell, P13 Vettel, P14 Latifi, P15 Alonso, P16 Raikkonen, P17 Giovinazzi, P18 Schumacher, P19 Maz

18 Apr

Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll complete the top 10.

18 Apr

To make things that bit more interesting, it isn't the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas completing the top four. He starts down in P8 behind Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and the McLarens. Getting past them all may not be easy either; after all, Lando No

18 Apr

Few would have expected Sergio Perez to out-qualify Max Verstappen just two rounds into their time as team-mates but that's exactly what he did to secure P2 while the Dutchman had to settle for P3. Both felt that they should have had pole but made mistake

18 Apr

Lewis Hamilton surprised everyone, including himself, by taking pole position yesterday by less than half a tenth. What was perhaps even more surprising though is who took the other spot on the front row...

18 Apr

With an hour to go until things get started, here's how the grid lines up...

18 Apr

Hello and welcome back to Imola. It's race day! We will have all the build-up coming up from 1400 local time, with lights out at 1500.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:14.411
-
23
2
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:14.446
0.035
18
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:14.498
0.087
20
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:14.740
0.329
19
5
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:14.790
0.379
21
6
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:14.826
0.415
21
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:14.875
0.464
15
8
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:14.898
0.487
22
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:15.210
0.799
20
10
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
20
11
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:15.199
16
12
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:15.261
16
13
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:15.394
14
14
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:15.593
14
15
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:15.593
14
16
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:15.974
10
17
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:16.122
9
18
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:16.279
12
19
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:16.797
12
20
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
2
Qualifying 1
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:14.672
-
9
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:14.823
0.151
10
3
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:15.009
0.337
6
4
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:15.109
0.437
6
5
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:15.385
0.713
8
6
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:15.395
0.723
6
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:15.406
0.734
10
8
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:15.413
0.741
7
9
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:15.459
0.787
8
10
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:15.522
0.850
8
11
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:15.548
0.876
7
12
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:15.653
0.981
8
13
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:15.669
0.997
9
14
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:15.826
1.154
10
15
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:15.832
1.160
8
16
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:15.974
1.302
10
17
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:16.122
1.450
9
18
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:16.279
1.607
12
19
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:16.797
2.125
12
20
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
2

17 Apr

Bottas tops the session ahead of Hamilton with Norris, Verstappen, Ocon and Perez completing the top six.

17 Apr

That's that for Q1. Raikkonen, Giovinazzi, Schumacher and Mazepin join Tsunoda in the drop zone, with both Williams drivers making it through. A great effort from them.

17 Apr

Giovinazzi can't improve and also goes out.

17 Apr

Russell moves up to P14, knocking Raikkonen out.

17 Apr

P9 for Vettel.

17 Apr

Latifi goes P11.

17 Apr

Raikkonen the man to drop into the bottom five.

17 Apr

Russell moves up to P14.

17 Apr

Neither can Mazepin.

17 Apr

Schumacher can't improve enough to move up.

17 Apr

The Haas and Williams drivers are going out as it stands. Five minutes left.

17 Apr

Hamilton moves up to P2 and Gasly goes P7.

17 Apr

Perez goes P5 with his second lap.

17 Apr

Gasly and Latifi also have times deleted.

17 Apr

Norris moves into P2, going less than a tenth slower than Bottas.

17 Apr

P4 for Gasly.

17 Apr

Bottas takes P1 from Verstappen narrowly while Hamilton goes P3.

17 Apr

Verstappen goes top with a 1:15.109 and Perez has his time deleted.

17 Apr

Perez does a 1:15.774 before Leclerc goes a tenth faster. Both on softs.

17 Apr

Most are heading out immediately. This will get busy.

17 Apr

Right then, back to it. Who can take that extra Q2 spot that has just opened up?

17 Apr

AlphaTauri would have been expecting to make it into Q3 with two cars, but now one of them will be starting at the back. A big blow.

17 Apr

Before he did so, Stroll went top with a 1:16.082, while Raikkonen went a tenth slower.

17 Apr

He spun heading into the corner and slammed into the wall backwards.

17 Apr

He's out of the car and okay, but his car isn't. That's a big repair job.

17 Apr

Red Flag! Tsunoda is out after a big crash. The back of his car is absolutely wrecked.

17 Apr

Vettel goes wide on his timed lap.

17 Apr

Mazepin goes exactly a second slower than his team-mate.

17 Apr

Schumacher sets the first time, a 1:16.806.

17 Apr

Q1 is underway.

17 Apr

Another thing that has proved problematic has been the low temperatures, with many struggling to heat up their tyres in cooler conditions.

17 Apr

Plenty of drivers struggled with track limits in FP3 this morning, with a huge amount of lap times being deleted. Such mistakes could prove costly in qualifying...

17 Apr

Those five teams are the favourites to make Q3, but Alpine started to show signs of life at the end of FP3 with Alonso finishing in P9. The same can't be said for Aston Martin though...

17 Apr

Ferrari and McLaren battled it out for the best of the rest title in Bahrain, and that will most likely be the case again today, with the Italian team looking slightly stronger. Mind you, AlphaTauri are looking mighty quick too...

17 Apr

In terms of one-lap pace, Red Bull were clearly the best of the field in Bahrain with Max Verstappen cruising to pole position, but he may not have it so easy today. While he topped FP3, Mercedes picked up a 1-2 in both Friday sessions, and both drivers a

17 Apr

Just one round into the season, the pecking order is still somewhat unclear, but we should get a much better idea of it in the next hour and a half.

17 Apr

Hello and welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the - *deep breath* - Pirelli Grand Premio Del Made In Italy E Dell'emilia Romagna Grand Prix! Drivers could complete laps in the time it takes to say that.
Qualifying 2
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:14.716
-
12
2
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:14.718
0.002
9
3
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:14.808
0.092
13
4
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:14.817
0.101
17
5
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:14.884
0.168
14
6
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:14.905
0.189
16
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:14.927
0.211
15
8
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:15.033
0.317
15
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:15.117
0.401
14
10
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:15.138
0.422
14
11
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:15.199
0.483
16
12
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:15.261
0.545
16
13
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:15.394
0.678
14
14
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:15.593
0.877
14
15
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:15.593
0.877
14

17 Apr

The drop zone: P11 Sainz, P12 Russell, P13 Vettel, P14 Latifi, P15 Alonso.

17 Apr

Another surprise is that Alonso is down in P15. Both he and Vettel were comfortably beaten by their teammate's.

17 Apr

That's that for Q2, and the big shock is that Sainz is out. He finishes in P11, just behind Ocon and Stroll.

17 Apr

Sainz is out.

17 Apr

Ocon goes P8, Alonso is out.

17 Apr

P6 for Gasly.

17 Apr

Perez goes fastest.

17 Apr

Stroll goes back ahead of his team-mate.

17 Apr

Vettel moves up to P7, pushing Russell into the bottom five.

17 Apr

Vettel is the only man yet to set a time. The Alpines and Latifi join him and Ricciardo in the drop zone.

17 Apr

Norris goes P1 on softs by a tenth while Leclerc takes P4. Ricciardo is struggling though and is down in P11.

17 Apr

Gasly goes ahead of the Williams man.

17 Apr

Russell goes P6, ahead of the Alpines.

17 Apr

Perez goes P4 after hitting traffic.

17 Apr

Gasly and Vettel have their first laps deleted.

17 Apr

Perez is out on softs.

17 Apr

Hamilton goes top with a 1:14.817, less than a tenth faster than Verstappen. Bottas is two tenths slower than both.

17 Apr

The Mercedes drivers and Verstappen head out early on mediums.

17 Apr

Q2 is underway.
Qualifying 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:14.411
-
23
2
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:14.446
0.035
18
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:14.498
0.087
20
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:14.740
0.329
19
5
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:14.790
0.379
21
6
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:14.826
0.415
21
7
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:14.875
0.464
15
8
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:14.898
0.487
22
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:15.210
0.799
20
10
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
20

17 Apr

Lights will go out at 15:00 local time tomorrow and build up here will start an hour beforehand. Join us then. It's going to be a good one.

17 Apr

Further back, Bottas will expect to make his way through the pack quickly, while if Norris has as much pace as he did today and stays within track limits, he could fancy a top-five finish himself.

17 Apr

Well, what a session that was. Both Perez and Verstappen felt that they could have gone faster, while Hamilton was happy with his lap. That suggests that the Red Bull is quicker, which will make for quite the race tomorrow. With Hamilton on his own agains

17 Apr

The full starting order for tomorrow: P1 Hamilton, P2 Perez, P3 Verstappen, P4 Leclerc, P5 Gasly, P6 Ricciardo, P7 Norris, P8 Bottas, P9 Ocon, P10 Stroll, P11 Sainz, P12 Russell, P13 Vettel, P14 Latifi, P15 Alonso, P16 Raikkonen, P17 Giovinazzi, P18 Schum

17 Apr

Bottas started down in P8 ahead of Ocon and Stroll. Not a good day for him.

17 Apr

Leclerc takes P4 just ahead of Gasly, while Ricciardo beats Norris. The Brit would have started P3 if he hadn't had his time deleted.

17 Apr

Hamilton takes pole by just 0.035s ahead of the Mexican, with Verstappen 0.087s off.

17 Apr

Perez takes P2 ahead of Verstappen! That's a big shock.

17 Apr

He's had his time deleted. Shame.

17 Apr

He goes P2! Less than half a tenth off pole.

17 Apr

Norris is flying!

17 Apr

Hamilton improves slightly.

17 Apr

Bottas can only go P5.

17 Apr

Bottas will be the first across the line.

17 Apr

Everyone heading out for their final runs...

17 Apr

Ricciardo had a poor first lap and is in P9, over a second slower than his team-mate. The only man he's ahead of is Stroll, who has yet to do a lap.

17 Apr

Hamilton does a 1:14.411 to go top, less than a tenth ahead of Verstappen. Bottas made a mistake and is down in P6, behind Leclerc.

17 Apr

Perez goes two tenths quicker.

17 Apr

Norris does a 1:14.875.

17 Apr

Green lights for Q3. Who's your money on?
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:16.564
-
23
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:16.605
0.041
25
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:16.622
0.058
21
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:16.796
0.232
13
5
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:16.888
0.324
21
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:16.888
0.324
26
7
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:17.457
0.893
23
8
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:17.489
0.925
19
9
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:17.739
1.175
24
10
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:17.769
1.205
23
11
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:17.866
1.302
25
12
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:17.883
1.319
16
13
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:17.935
1.371
16
14
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:17.984
1.420
23
15
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:18.058
1.494
24
16
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:18.228
1.664
15
17
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:18.360
1.796
20
18
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:18.823
2.259
22
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:19.480
2.916
18
20
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:19.781
3.217
11

16 Apr

Don't these sessions just go so quickly now that they're only an hour? Anyway, the next one will get underway in just over two hours, so join us then.

16 Apr

The full finishing order: P1 Bottas, P2 Hamilton, P3 Verstappen, P4 Leclerc, P5 Gasly, P6 Sainz, P7 Alonso, P8 Stroll, P9 Latifi, P10 Ricciardo, P11 Russell, P12 Raikkonen, P13 Norris, P14 Vettel, P15 Giovinazzi, P16 Perez, P17 Ocon, P18 Mazepin, P19 Sch

16 Apr

Ferrari looked good all morning and ended up in P4 and P6 courtesy of Leclerc and Sainz, with Gasly splitting the two.

16 Apr

Well, if Mercedes and Red Bull are that close together tomorrow, qualifying will be good fun. Bottas took P1 this morning, going 0.041s faster than Hamilton and 0.058s faster than Verstappen. Tight.

16 Apr

Oh dear. Mazepin gets on the gravel heading to the pit-lane and crashes into the barriers. Well, at least he waited until the end of the session...

16 Apr

On that note, FP1 is over.

16 Apr

Bottas and Hamilton take the top two spots at the last minute, with less than a tenth separating them and Verstappen.

16 Apr

Fast times flying in. Verstappen goes top, just ahead of Hamilton and Leclerc.

16 Apr

Lots of traffic now as everyone tries to get one last lap in.

16 Apr

Just before the session stopped, Sainz and Verstappen took the top two spots.

16 Apr

Things are back underway. 10 minutes left.

16 Apr

Given Perez's left rear and Ocon's front right were both damaged, they almost definitely came together. Technical issues mean we've yet to see what happened though.

16 Apr

The rear left tyre has come off of Perez's car while Ocon is also out. Replays have yet to be shown.

16 Apr

Red Flag! Perez and Ocon look to have come together.

16 Apr

Bottas goes less than a tenth faster than Gasly to take P1, while Vettel has gone P6.

16 Apr

Leclerc is the only man yet to set a time today.

16 Apr

His team-mate meanwhile has gone top with a 1:17.470.

16 Apr

Tsunoda has also found himself in the gravel. A tough morning for the rookies.

16 Apr

Making them 30 minutes shorter has really changed Friday practice sessions this year. No hanging about.

16 Apr

Sainz returns to top spot with a 1:17.682, while Verstappen goes two tenths slower to take P3, just behind Hamilton who improved himself.

16 Apr

Lewis Hamilton goes half a second quicker to take P1.

16 Apr

Carlos Sainz has gone top early on with a 1:18.764.

16 Apr

Nikita Mazepin has ended up in the gravel, but managed to get out and back into the pits.

16 Apr

It may be sunny, but it's not exactly warm, with temperatures of 11'C. Very different conditions to Bahrain, which could shake up the pecking order.

16 Apr

FP1 is underway.

16 Apr

There has been talk of many teams bringing upgrades to the second race of the year, with Alpine and Ferrari both apparently running updated aero packages.

16 Apr

The same can also be said for Alfa Romeo, who look to be much closer to Aston Martin and Alpine than they are to the backmarkers. Mind you, if history is anything to go by, beating Fernando Alonso at this circuit isn't easy...

16 Apr

Behind the top two, McLaren look set to be fighting two teams that are on home soil for the "best of the rest" title. Both Ferrari and AlphaTauri have made big steps forward over the winter break and will be expecting to score big points in their first ho

16 Apr

They may not have won the first race of the season, but Red Bull head into this race weekend as favourites. If Mercedes prevail again, it will be nothing short of a disaster for Max Verstappen and co.

16 Apr

The sun is shining and the skies are clear here in Imola, where things will get underway in less than half an hour.

16 Apr

Good morning and welcome to Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, round two of the 2021 F1 Championship. All times are local with FP1 getting underway at 11am.
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:15.551
-
25
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:15.561
0.010
26
3
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:15.629
0.078
30
4
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:15.834
0.283
30
5
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:16.371
0.820
28
6
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:16.411
0.860
25
7
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:16.419
0.868
26
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:16.485
0.934
23
9
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:16.513
0.962
25
10
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:16.737
1.186
25
11
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:16.817
1.266
27
12
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:16.823
1.272
29
13
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:16.835
1.284
27
14
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:16.999
1.448
5
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:17.092
1.541
27
16
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:17.179
1.628
31
17
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:17.273
1.722
27
18
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:17.281
1.730
24
19
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:17.350
1.799
28
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:17.857
2.306
16

16 Apr

Things will continue tomorrow at 11:00 local time, so join us then for FP3, and stick with us all the way through to qualifying. Cheers.

16 Apr

Well, with incidents aplenty and a lot of quick laps, it's fair to say that that was an action-packed start to the weekend.

16 Apr

The full result: P1 Bottas, P2 Hamilton, P3 Gasly, P4 Sainz, P5 Leclerc, P6 Perez, P7 Tsunoda, P8 Norris, P9 Giovinazzi, P10 Stroll, P11 Ocon, P12 Latifi, P13 Alonso, P14 Verstappen, P15 Vettel, P16 Russell, P17 Raikkonen, P18 Ricciardo, P19 Schumacher, P

16 Apr

Like this morning, Gasly, Sainz and Leclerc join the Mercedes drivers in the top six, with Perez finishing just behind them.

16 Apr

Bottas makes it two from two, topping both of today's sessions. The gap between him and Hamilton was once again virtually non-existent though.

16 Apr

That crash brings an end to FP2.

16 Apr

Red Flag! Leclerc has crashed into the barriers in the final sector and is out.

16 Apr

Mazepin goes off again and says "I'm on ice, man. Absolutely on ice."

16 Apr

No sign of Verstappen yet. It looks like he won't be able to get back out after all.

16 Apr

Most are on longer runs at the moment, but we should still see some movement on the time-sheet before the end of the session.

16 Apr

After being told where he can improve, Mazepin rather aggressively tells his engineer that they can talk about that after the session. He doesn't sound too happy.

16 Apr

Hamilton did improve on softs on his second run to go within 0.010s of his team-mate.

16 Apr

Red Bull have Verstappen's car back in the garage. If it was just a software issue, he could get back out today.

16 Apr

Gasly now improves to go P2. The Mercedes drivers have put soft tyres on but haven't improved.

16 Apr

Lap times coming down more and more now, as Gasly and Giovinazzi move into the top five.

16 Apr

Ocon goes P4 on softs. The Mercedes drivers and Perez are on mediums.

16 Apr

On a brighter note, Perez has gone P4.

16 Apr

Given it's the only practice session that takes place at the same time as the race, that's a big loss for Verstappen. He's back in the pits with his car being moved.

16 Apr

While he's out, Hamilton and Bottas have gone P1 and P2. Not good for Red Bull.

16 Apr

Verstappen has pulled over at the pit-lane exit with a mechanical issue.

16 Apr

One of the best things about these new shorter sessions is the manic first 10 minutes. No hanging about.

16 Apr

Hamilton and Verstappen go P1 and P2 before Leclerc surpasses both with a 1:16.705.

16 Apr

Norris and Latifi hit the gravel early on.

16 Apr

Sainz makes it a Ferrari 1-2.

16 Apr

Leclerc took a while to set a time in FP1, but that isn't the case now as he goes top with a 1:17.076 immediately.

16 Apr

We're underway.

16 Apr

Drivers struggled to get heat into their tyres and find grip in cooler conditions this morning, but with temperatures up to 13'C and the track bedded in, that should less of a problem in FP2.

16 Apr

Ocon and Perez weren't the only ones to crash out, with Nikita Mazepin getting on the gravel and crashing into the barriers on his way back to the pits at the end of the session. His dream start to life in F1 continues...

16 Apr

Not only did Red Bull fail to take top spot, but they also failed to finish the morning with both cars intact after Sergio Perez damaged his rear left wheel in a collision with Esteban Ocon. Both retired from the session but should be fine for this aftern

16 Apr

Behind Mercedes and Red Bull, Ferrari looked strongest, taking P4 and P6 and looking quick all morning. Could they finally have some success on home turf again?

16 Apr

To say things were tight in FP1 this morning would be an understatement. Valtteri Bottas claimed P1, but both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were within a tenth of his time.

16 Apr

Hello and welcome to live coverage of FP2 here at Imola. Things get underway in 30 minutes.
Practice 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:14.958
-
18
2
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:15.414
0.456
17
3
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:15.515
0.557
18
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Red Bull
1:15.551
0.593
18
5
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:15.738
0.780
21
6
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:15.890
0.932
22
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
Ferrari
1:15.908
0.950
21
8
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:15.908
0.950
19
9
Nationality
Fernando Alonso
Alpine
1:16.186
1.228
20
10
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Alpine
1:16.228
1.270
20
11
Nationality
Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
1:16.230
1.272
20
12
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Aston Martin
1:16.245
1.287
19
13
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren
1:16.253
1.295
17
14
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin
1:16.389
1.431
19
15
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:16.427
1.469
20
16
Nationality
Mick Schumacher
Haas
1:16.448
1.490
22
17
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:16.537
1.579
15
18
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:16.612
1.654
22
19
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:16.803
1.845
23
20
Nationality
Nikita Mazepin
Haas
1:17.398
2.440
23

17 Apr

Right then, if you have any errands to run, do so now, because qualifying will get underway in less than two hours, and with Red Bull and Mercedes looking close, it should be a good one. See you in a bit.

17 Apr

The finishing order: P1 Verstappen, P2 Norris, P3 Hamilton, P4 Perez, P5 Leclerc, P6 Gasly, P7 Sainz, P8 Bottas, P9 Alonso, P10 Ocon, P11 Tsunoda, P12 Stroll, P13 Ricciardo, P14 Vettel, P15 Russell, P16 Schumacher, P17 Latifi, P18 Giovinazzi, P19 Raikkone

17 Apr

Hamilton and Perez end up in P3 and P4 with virtually identical times, just ahead of Leclerc and Gasly.

17 Apr

Verstappen ended up taking P1 with ease, going over four-tenths quicker than the closest car to him which was, surprisingly, the McLaren of Norris.

17 Apr

That's that for practice this weekend.

17 Apr

Perez takes P4 right at the end, half a second down on Verstappen.

17 Apr

Giovinazzi spins and goes into the gravel.

17 Apr

Five minutes to go.

17 Apr

Verstappen goes top and takes us into the 1:14s. It wasn't the perfect lap either.

17 Apr

Kimi has a moment, going wide and deep into the gravel. He managed to make it back to the pits though.

17 Apr

Tsunoda is absolutely fuming about drivers going slowly, calling it a "traffic paradise". That's a new one.

17 Apr

Norris now goes top with a 1:15.414.

17 Apr

The fast times are flying in now. On softs, Hamilton takes P1 while Norris goes less than a tenth slower. Encouraging signs for McLaren.

17 Apr

Ocon and Alonso have gone P6 and P7. For the first time this weekend, Alpine are looking fast,

17 Apr

Leclerc and Gasly move into P1 and P2 with a 1:15.7 and 1:15.8.

17 Apr

Verstappen, on softs, goes top again with a 1:15.895. Hopefully, this time will stand...

17 Apr

Perez is looking a lot more comfortable in his Red Bull today. Four tenths off Bottas on slower tyres is a good effort.

17 Apr

The same happens to Hamilton.

17 Apr

Verstappen time has been deleted for - you guessed it - exceeding track limits.

17 Apr

On the same tyre, Bottas goes ahead with a 1:15.984.

17 Apr

Verstappen, on softs, goes purple, doing a 1:16.251.

17 Apr

We're back underway. The Mercedes drivers will be doing their first timed laps soon.

17 Apr

He's managed to get back onto the track with a broken wing.

17 Apr

Red Flag! Latifi is in the barriers.

17 Apr

Perez goes top with a 1:16.642. He's also on mediums.

17 Apr

Both Ferraris are running the medium tyre.

17 Apr

He then improves by six tenths while Sainz takes P2.

17 Apr

Leclerc does a 1:17.321 to go top.

17 Apr

It's been a slow start to the session but more are starting to hit the track now.

17 Apr

Schumacher goes half a second slower than Raikkonen.

17 Apr

Mazepin and Schumacher both have times deleted.

17 Apr

The Finn's first time is a 1:17.331.

17 Apr

Kimi Raikkonen is the first man out and immediately has a lap time deleted for track limits.

17 Apr

Right then, let's get started. FP3 is underway.

17 Apr

The man who struggled more than anyone was Nikita Mazepin, who went off into the gravel before crashing out at the end of FP1. A clean day would do him the world of good...

17 Apr

Drivers struggled to find grip in cooler conditions yesterday, and with the temperature currently at 9'C, they'll have the same issue this morning.

17 Apr

Behind the top two teams, Ferrari looked strongest, getting both cars into the top six in both sessions. AlphaTauri looked like their closest rivals, while McLaren endured a disappointing day.

17 Apr

Things didn't go nearly as well for Red Bull, with Sergio Perez retiring from FP1 after colliding with Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen doing the same in FP2 due to a mechanical problem. When they were on track, they looked good on the longer runs, but str

17 Apr

Mercedes made the perfect start to the weekend, claiming a 1-2 in both sessions, with both drivers being much happier with their car...

17 Apr

In case you missed yesterday's action, here's what happened...

17 Apr

Hello and welcome back to Imola...it's qualifying day! First up, though, we have one final hour of practice coming your way in an hour's time. All times are local and build-up will begin in 30 minutes.
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Season Schedule
Date
Grand Prix
Time

23 May

Monaco Grand Prix

03:00 PM

06 Jun

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

02:00 PM

13 Jun

Canadian Grand Prix

08:00 PM

Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
94
2
Max Verstappen Red Bull
80
3
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
47
4
Lando Norris McLaren
41
5
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
40
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Mercedes
141
2
Red Bull
112
3
McLaren
65
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium

21 Mar

Australian Grand Prix

28 Mar

Bahrain Grand Prix
1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Max Verstappen 3. Valtteri Bottas