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Verstappen: Team told me to do wide run for gain lap time, so I did

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An epic battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton thrilled everyone at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. The dominant Max, who was made a perfect pole position, was totally disappointed that inconsistent track limits rules.

Verstappen dominated all practice sessions, and he secured his fourth F1 career pole in Bahrain. The Red Bull ace take all control of the race from the initial stage but lost his initial lead when the Brit has undercut the Dutchman into the dominated after the early first pit stops.

After the second pit stop, Verstappen has resumed the battle with the 10 laps fresher tire. The Red Bull was able to attack Hamilton. Finally, Max overtook Lewis on Lap 53 but running too wide and giving the place back following the team’s instruction.

Max clearly reveals that during the post-race press conference, track limit rules at Bahrain were inconsistent and confusing. Race winner Lewis also admits that it was complicated and very confusing.

Post-Race Press Conference: – Question: (Scott Mitchell – The Race) Question to Lewis and Max: just on what happened at Turn 4. We’ve heard a couple of people – Christian Horner was just telling us that one of the frustrations was that the track limit was inconsistent – so it’s not necessarily an issue that Max, you have to give up the place again because those are the rules, but there were different rules at different stages. How did you view the track limits situation at Turn 4?

Verstappen: Well, throughout the race I was told that people were going wide so they told me to do the same because you do gain lap time doing it, so I did, and then at one point they told me not to do it any more. I don’t know. In qualifying it was not allowed, your lap time got deleted and so I don’t know how it got to the point where people were doing it without getting warnings but at the end of the day, when I was fighting Lewis, I went outside of the track limits, so I think quite quickly the race director was onto us to tell me to give the position back to him and that’s exactly what I did.

Hamilton: Yeah, I think it’s a difficult one. It was very confusing. Most tracks we’re not allowed to put four wheels outside the white line but this weekend on that particular corner we weren’t allowed to on Friday. In actual fact you could go two wheels outside the line but you can’t go past the blue and white kerb, but in the race you can, and that is what had been written so going into the race then you can…But it’s quite a different corner when you have to do one or the other in terms of approach, and it is faster when you can go out, but then whatever is the boundary when you are overtaking? You’re not allowed to overtake off track but halfway through the race, they basically changed their minds and all of a sudden you’re not allowed to go outside that white line, which is fine for me. It’s actually… I think it’s faster in the end for me, it helped me look after my tyres actually, so I’m grateful for the call and ultimately it meant that Max wasn’t able to overtake off track.

Q: (Abhishek Takle – Midday) Max, Lewis spoke earlier about how it’s a bit of an unknown how Mercedes and Red Bull will fare against each other on different circuits, so does today feel like a bit of a missed opportunity in that context?

Verstappen: Of course I’m disappointed, but in a way it’s a long season. We’ll have 22 more opportunities to do better.

Q: And Max, knowing the nature of Imola, the circuit we’re going to next, do you think that’ll suit your car?

Verstappen: It’s difficult to say to be honest. Quite a few things have changed, also the tyres. We go there at a different time of the year so I guess we’ll just find out by driving. I’m excited to go there, it’s a great track. We’ll see.

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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