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2021 F1

Hamilton laments massive bumpy Eau Rouge

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File Picture: Spa-francorchamps’ Eau Rouge corner was smashed by flash flooding earlier this summer

Drivers’ championship leader Lewis Hamilton was not happy after the Friday Belgian Grand Prix both free practice session. The Brit made only 18th after Williams’ driver Nicholas Latifi road blockage in first Practice. During the FP2 he improving to third, within a tenth of leader Max Verstappen.

Belgian GP track spa-francorchamps at Eau Rouge corner was smashed by flash flooding earlier this summer, with newly set tarmac clear as the circuit rises up the hill into Raidillon.

Following the Friday practice session, Seven-times world champion suggested the recent mudslides that seriously affected the Spa Francorchamps circuit have “ruined” one of the most famous corners in F1.

“It’s very bumpy now through Eau Rouge,” Hamilton said. “Something has happened and they’ve kind of ruined it a little bit.

“I don’t know if they’ve got a new patch there but there’s a massive bump right at the compression point which we have never had before.

“It’s really sharp. You feel it on the backside but I’m sure they will fix it. I think it was something to do with the mudslides and the rain or something like that.”

During the FP1, Hamilton used a higher downforce setup before switching to the thinner wings as used by teammate Valtteri Bottas for the second after complaining of a deficiency of the pace.

“It’s a massively challenging circuit to try and find that balance and this morning we had it one way,” he explained.

“We changed it this afternoon and it was very similar. You go faster in the first and third sectors, but you go slower in the middle. Or you go quicker in the middle and slower in the other two.

Still not find the Mercedes balance – Hamilton

“Trying to find that balance is quite tricky but it’s a great race circuit.” said Hamilton

“At least it was dry for P2 so we got some laps in, with rain forecast for the majority of the weekend.”

“But the car wasn’t quite underneath me so we’ve got to do some work and try to figure that out.”

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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