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F1 sprint LIVE: Result and grid positions as Max Verstappen wins and Lewis Hamilton struggles at Emilia Romagna GP

Sainz Jnr handed new Ferrari contract as F1 heads to Imola

Follow live coverage as Max Verstappen will starts Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on pole position after a dramatic late overtake on ahead of Charles Leclerc during Saturday’s sprint race saw him take the victory and top spot for the Grand Prix itself.

The Dutchman started from the front in Imola before losing the lead to Leclerc on the opening lap following a slow getaway. But after a frenetic conclusion to the 21-lap dash, Verstappen ruined Ferrari’s homecoming party by fighting his way ahead of Leclerc at the Variante Tamburello to take the chequered flag and pole position for tomorrow’s main event.

But there was further misery for Lewis Hamilton after he started 13th and finished only 14th – 24 hours after both Mercedes cars failed to make it through to Q3 for the first time in almost 10 years during qualifying at Imola on Friday evening.

Elsewhere in the sprint race, Sergio Perez took third ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz – who rose from P10 to P4 with a number of scintillating overtakes – with Lando Norris fifth for McLaren, down from a starting position of third.

Follow all the reaction from the sprint race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix below:

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Max Verstappen wins Emilia Romagna sprint race after late move on Charles Leclerc

Verstappen started from the front at Imola before losing the lead to Leclerc following a slow getaway.

But after a frenetic conclusion to the 21-lap dash, Verstappen ruined Ferrari’s homecoming party by fighting his way ahead of Leclerc at the Variante Tamburello to take the chequered flag and pole position for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

But there was further misery for Lewis Hamilton after he started 13th and finished only 14th.

Sergio Perez took third ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, with Lando Norris fifth for McLaren.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:55

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Changes in the driver’s championship

After the results of the Emilia Romagna sprint Carlos Sainz has move up to second in the driver’s championship with Max Verstappen now ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc extended his lead to 40 points at the top of the table.

1. Charles Leclerc – 78 points

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:48

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Perez happy with P3

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez is pleased with his day’s work after moving up four places to start tomorrow’s Grand Prix in third. He said:

“It was important to minimise qualifying from yesterday. Today we managed to recover and I think we are in a great position tomorrow.

“It would be ideal to get a one-two tomorrow. That will be great for us but probably not for the Tifosi!”

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:41

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Reaction from Leclerc

Charles Leclerc, who finished second, spoke after the race and touched on the support from the fans: “We struggled with the tyres at the end so we need to analyse that for tomorrow and make sure we are ready.

“The pace was good until then but we started to have some graining and lost it at the end.

“It is incredible. Every time we are in Italy we have so much support and it is amazing to see so many people in the stands.”

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:37

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Max Verstappen wins Emilia Romagna Sprint race after penultimate lap overtake

Verstappen started from the front at Imola before losing the lead to Leclerc following a slow getaway.

But after a frenetic conclusion to the 21-lap dash, Verstappen ruined Ferrari’s homecoming party by fighting his way ahead of Leclerc at the Variante Tamburello to take the chequered flag and pole position for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

But there was further misery for Lewis Hamilton after he started 13th and finished only 14th.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:33

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Red Bull and Ferrari storm ahead

Red Bull and Ferrari are clearly the two fastest teams this season. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz went from 10th to fourth and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez from seventh to third during the sprint race whilst Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc fought it out for first place.

There are plenty of worries for Mercedes, though. In total they lost one place on their starting positions as Lewis Hamilton dropped to P14.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:28

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Verstappen wins Emilia Romagna Sprint!

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:22

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Emilia Romagna Sprint results

Here’s how the grid will look for tomorrow’s GP:

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:19

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Reaction from Max Verstappen



My start was not very good. It took a while to put the pressure on. I think we were a bit better on our tyres towards the end of the race. We had a good fight into turn two.”

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:15

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Emilia Romagna sprint results

The top eight finishers all picked up extra points from the sprint. Max Verstappen won the race but Charles Leclerc extends his lead at the top of the driver’s championship.

  1. Verstappen (Red Bull) 8pts
  2. Leclerc (Ferrari) 7pts
  3. Perez (Red Bull) 6pts
  4. Sainz (Ferrari) 5pts
  5. Norris (McLaren) 4pts
  6. Ricciardo (McLaren) 3pts
  7. Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 2pts
  8. Magnussen (Haas) 1pt

Michael Jones23 April 2022 16:12

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