Event: Emilia Romagna F1 GP
Track: Autodromo Imola

Race Results 2022 Emilia Romagna F1 GP

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Weather: wet/dry 13.1°C
Tarmac: wet  17.0°C
Humidity: 75%
Wind: 1.7 m/s NE
Pressure: 1000.7 bar

Max Verstappen scored his 22nd F1 race win today. The Dutch driver won the 3rd Emilia Romagna F1 GP. It was his second race win of the 2022 season. The Red Bull driver started from pole. It was the 77th race win for Red Bull Racing.

2022 Emilia Romagna F1 GP Race Report

The grand prix started off dry, but the track was still damp because it had rained a couple of hours before the race. Both Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez had a great start and took the lead with Verstappen in the lead going down to turn 1. Both Ferraris with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz behind the wheel had a poor start and lots a lot of places. Leclerc fell back to P4 behind the McLaren of Lando Norris.

Sainz and McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo were fighting for P5 in the first chicane and had a collision. Sainz spun and beached in the gravel pit backwards. Ricciardo was able to drive trough the gravel and return to the track. A safety car was deployed to recover the Ferrari.

Haas driver Mick Schumacher lost the rear coming out the turn 2 and hit the right sidepod of the Alpine driven by Fernando Alonso. Schumacher got on the grass, lost a couple of places, but was able to go on.

After the restart the Alpine lost the sidepod almost completely on the mainstraight when he got passed by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Alonso drove back to the pits to retire in lap 7. Leclerc passed Norris the next lap on the main straight.

George Russell had a great start and gained five places at the start and was driving around on P6 behind Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.

Race Results 2022 Emilia Romagna F1 GP

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 24, 2022 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ten laps into the race Verstappen was leading Perez by 4.5 sec. Leclerc was 2.5 sec. behind Perez and Norris was almost 7 sec. on P4.

In Lap 12 Russell passed Magnussen for P5 and two laps later Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas did the same. Magnussen now had lost two places in two laps and seemed to have a lot less grip then his competitors. There was a chance of rain, but Ricciardo was the first to switch to medium slick tyres in lap 17.

Ricciardo showed the slicks were a lot faster than the intermediates and a lot of cars pitted one lap later. Race leader Verstappen pitted in lap 19, the stop took only 2.3 second. His Ferrari rival Leclerc who was on P3 did the same. His stop took 3.7 sec. When Leclerc return to the track he was in front of Perez, but because Perez had warmed-up his tyres one lap more, the Mexican was able to re-pass the Ferrari.

Esteban Ocon and Hamilton almost collided in the pits and Ocon received a 5 seconds penalty because of the unsafe release. Bottas had a very slow pitstop, but was lucky not to loose his excellent P6.

Perez on P2 was under threat by Leclerc after he made mistake in lap 28 and had to cut the chicane at turn 15. Half way the grand prix Verstappen was already lapping the back makers and had increased his lead by 10 seconds on Perez. Leclerc was 1.2 sec. behind Perez and 15s behind Leclerc on P4 was Norris. Russell was still on P5 and was already 35 seconds behind the race leader.

Russell's teammate and seven times WC Hamilton was fighting with Gasly in the AlphaTauri for P13. The British driver must had one of his hardest races of his F1 career. In lap 35 DRS got enabled by race control, which still didn't gave Hamilton the speed to get passed the AlphaTauri. To make things worse Hamilton got a blue flag on lap 40 to let race leader Verstappen through.

In lap 50 Leclerc pitted for a set of soft tyres try and score the extra point for fastest lap. Leclerc had lost his P3 to Norris when he return to the track. At the end of the lap Leclerc was already able to overtake Norris on his fresh set of tyres. Perez also pitted to defend P2. In lap 52 Leclerc was only 0.5s behind the Red Bull and did set the fastest lap to 1:18.849 min. The next lap Leclerc made an error at turn 14 and pushed way too much to try and get into the DRS zone of Perez. The Ferrari driver spun and even hit the barrier with the left side of the Ferrari. He drove back to the pits to get a new front wing and returned to the tarmac as ninth.

Some fierce battles were going on for several positions. Bottas was fighting for P4 with Russell and Williams driver Alex Albon who was on P12 was fighting until the finish line with Gasly and Hamilton.

It was the first time since the 2016 Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix for Red Bull to score a 1-2 finish.

Classification 2022 Emilia Romagna GP

P No Driver Team Time Laps Grid Pts
1 1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull 01:32:07.986 63
2 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez
Austria Red Bull 01:32:24.513 63
3 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris
United Kingdom McLaren 01:32:42.820 63
4 63 United Kingdom George Russell
Germany Mercedes 01:32:50.492 63
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Switzerland Alfa Romeo 01:32:51.167 63
6 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Italy Ferrari 01:33:04.058 63
7 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Italy AlphaTauri 01:33:09.096 63
8 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Aston Martin 01:33:18.878 63
9 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States Haas 01:33:23.246 63
10 18 Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Aston Martin 01:32:17.278 62
11 23 Thailand Alex Albon
United Kingdom Williams 01:32:21.963 62
12 10 France Pierre Gasly
Italy AlphaTauri 01:32:22.564 62
13 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes 01:32:23.265 62
14 31 France Esteban Ocon
France Alpine 01:32:25.341 62
15 24 China Zhou Guanyu
Switzerland Alfa Romeo 01:32:31.364 62
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom Williams 01:32:34.020 62
17 47 Germany Mick Schumacher
United States Haas 01:32:51.907 62
18 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
United Kingdom McLaren 01:33:10.643 62
DNF 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
France Alpine Collision damage 6
DNF 55 Spain Carlos Sainz
Italy Ferrari Collision 0


  • Esteban Ocon (Alpine no. 31) - 5 second time penalty applied as per in-race Stewards' decision - Unsafe release

Fastest lap: 1:18.446 min by Max Verstappen, Red Bull (no.1) lap 55

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22 F1 Fan comments on “Race Results 2022 Emilia Romagna F1 GP

  1. Jax

    So the lucky Champ didn't put a foot wrong, Agent 0075 wasn't on good footing, Boy George did what was needed and Sir Lewis's brain has turned to porridge apparently. 2022 Imola GP in a nutshell.

    • Jax

      Ok...I have to take a stab at Lewis's joke of a race. So he's stuck behind whoever without DRS. Bad enough. But with DRS active he still can't pass? Then lapped by Max? I mean What the fuck! I'd love to have access to his car telemetry as I suspect he's lifting off throttle unnecessarily. Almost like he's protesting a car he doesn't like by half assing the race.
      Russell apparently damaged the floor due to porpoising by not lifting off throttle enough during practice, so Merc raised the ride height on his car to limit damage. Assuming they did the same to Lewis's car but it's like he just said fuck it. 'The car is till shit and I'm not gonna push until it's better'. All speculation to try and make sense of his nonsense drive. Smh

      • Jax

        Just got some context. According to reports, Russell complained about chest and back pain after the race. Which may explain why Lewis wasn't pushing as the faster they go the worse the porpoising. So Lewis is probably in self preservation mode rather than risk his older body with a shitty chassis. My lift off throttle early theory confirmed, though the reason seems different than what I thought(thank goodness).
        Damn shame and embarrassment for the 8 times champ team. They need to bind these senior technical experts in their contracts so they can't switch teams when they feel like it god damnit.

        • shroppyfly

          Full of Sh**E as always Toto said those that left didn't impact on the car, you can always find an excuse for LaLa, even when there isn't one there, shitty chassis , win as a team , lose as a team, does that mean LaLa is average to poor as well as the chassis?

          Hail King George, ten titles yeah right lol

  2. Hamilton Is Mediocre

    Hamilton's not the best driver on his team or even among the mid-field players. Without a dominant car, Hamilton is mediocre, at best. #EXPOSED

  3. David Croft Must Go

    F1s international broadcast team needs a new lead.

    The obsessive-compulsive fanboyism with Hamilton and Leclerc is unbearable. We get it Crofty, you have fantasies about them. Neither was in contention, yet they're all he talked about. The incessant rambling on about DRS was also all about giving them an opportunity that neither of them could achieve on their own. Pathetic.

    PS His name is CHARLES.

  4. Manxman

    Not a good look for the traditional tracks. Bless Crofty for trying to inject some life into that snoozer of a race. Only life were the two dumb mistakes by DR and CL.

  5. Nobodysperfect

    Very strong weekend for Red Bull scoring 48 points! The most point they could get. Great race for the championship. Strange is the ten places difference between Russell and Hamilton. Mike Krack will be over the moon, scoring points at last and with both Aston Martin cars in the points!

  6. golly

    red bull are back.great drive max,sergio.you can rely on ferrari to self destruct.shamilton lapped by max ha ha!.shamilton out classed by his team mate.tonto pissed off the cars a slug hurrah!

  7. Jere Jyrälä

    Decent battles, but a bit boring middle portion.
    The worst 2022 race so far.
    DOTD is clear, but Norris & Tsunoda did well too.
    I wonder if Ricciardo had damage as he was nowhere since his early pit stop.
    Hamilton's struggle, though.
    Being stuck behind Gasly until the end gave a deja vu feeling to Monaco.

  8. shroppyfly

    One word about Rb> Lovely.

    And now a few words about Hamilton, very poor, embarrassingly poor, King George has the crown, Hammy just the money grabber this season .

  9. ReallyOldRacer

    What a yawner. Couple of observations. RB is demonstrating what we suspected in February. They will win the WDC and the WCC, and they deserve it. Of course the red team finds ways to f' up. That is their big act for the past 15 yrs. Finally, when will the Brit' journo's and the SKY guys end their 24/7 coverage of the knight? More coverage than any other driver. Get over it. He has become a non-event. Doing a Nico at the end of 2020 would have been the right move. Now he will be just another 'should have quit as a winner' ex-driver. AND he's made poor Jaxwad look like a fool.

    Now on to the gymkhana where, BTW, there are exactly, I am told, two grandstands for the great unwashed. The rest is high end 'viewing venues' or stand in the sun and hope for a glimpse of the pretty cars.

    • shroppyfly

      No doubt the brit sky team will follow Lucy till he retires, as if that'll help his legacy lol, then they'll get behind Norris and King George, hang on Jaxwad was a fool way before that Ror . .

      Yep , the longer he runs around as a back marker getting lapped lol like today , the more hell wish he'd took my advice 20 or 21.

      Hasnt Lewis got a castle in Miami ?

  10. Les

    This is just showing why the WDC for HAM for 2014 -2015 and 2017 - 2020
    is based on a Mercedes car that was faster than everybody else. If HAM doesn't have a dominant car he gets stuck in the midfield. Russell is beating him.
    HAM stuck behind Gasly reminded me of watching Coulthard chasing an Arrows ( Bertoli I think ) around Monaco


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