A wet Imola with a second gear start from Verstappen saw pole sitter Lewis Hamilton relegated to second until lap 27 when mediums were swapped for intermediates for Verstappen handed the lead back to Hamilton. Though as luck has it Hamilton pitted one lap later only to re-enter the track in second as his pit stop was a slow one.
You could see Lewis was pushing so hard and on lap 31 he beached his AMG into the sand at Tosa. He was also lucky enough to get out of there and re-enter the race back in eighth place.
Tamburello was in the news again at Imola with Bottas and Russell crashing in a big way with neither injured though both were passing blame onto each other. The FIA Stewards saw no reason to intervene. We had rolling start as Lewis Hamilton in 8th was by lap 43 in 5th, lap 50 in 4th and by lap 55 he was in 3rd, a classic race recovery.
Max Verstappen’s red Bull finished this race with a 20 second lead over Hamilton, then Noris and Leclerc in 4th. Tyre choice paid dividends for some and not so for some other drivers like Pierre Gasly deciding to start his race on wets. Alpine’s veteran Fernando Alonso on inters spun his car on the way to the grid. Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin had a right rear brake disc fire so they decided to do some pre-race repairs to his and Vettel’s car, forcing Vettel to start and finish his race in pit lane.
It was a Verstappen-Hamilton fight again, a theme that looked like it would be a season long occurrence.