Formula 1 Italy Race Recap April 2021 – Imola is Intense!

Formula 1 Italy Race Recap April 2021 - Imola is Intense!

Wow, what a truly magnificent race Round 2 of Formula 1 was. Imola is by no means an easy track, as naturally it is short and very fast. Add some wet weather to it, and let’s just say things get very interesting! If you didn’t catch Round 2 of Formula 1, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with all of the details! Let’s have a recap of what happened at Imola, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Round 2 of Formula 1.

Race day started out as a very, very, very wet track due to some beautiful Italian rain weather. During the Formation Lap Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) spun out almost immediately, learning the boundaries of traction in the rain. Additionally in the formation lap, Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) experienced rear brake issues, which quickly were solved.

Officially starting on the first Lap, a number of excitements premiered themselves. In attempts to lead the pack, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) endured front wing and underside body damage going over massive speedbumps battling it out with Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Whilst the battle of Red Bull and Mercedes was taking place, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) went through a rapid spinout, losing traction in the wet. Lastly on Lap 1, a tragedy happened as Nicholas Latifi (Williams) went off track crashing into the barriers stamping his race as DNF. The collision occurred and Latifi (Williams) went off track after a wheel-to-wheel touch with Nikita Mazepin (HAAS). See? We weren’t kidding about Imola being an intense track, especially when wet. It’s a difficult thing to drive in the rain, as the first few laps are more about discovering where your traction boundaries are, and making that discovery can sometimes be costly.

Moving onto Lap 4, Mick Schumacher (HAAS) had a slight run into the wall while attempting to warm his tires and damaged his front wing. Tire temperatures are a difficult thing to manage during the rain, though crashing is not worth it no matter how little the damage. The race calmed down for a bit until the arrival of Lap 11.

Lap 11 consisted of both Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) going off the track and losing traction by going wide into the corners. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) again went off the track and into the gravel in Lap 15 by losing traction. As tempting as it is to try and fly to catch up, depending on weather conditions, going slower will actually make you faster. Something you probably wouldn’t imagine in Formula 1!

Fast forward to Lap 32, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) locked up with nowhere to go and slightly collided with the barriers off track. Resulting in a damaged front wing which would then need to be replaced. Shortly following, a massive crash between Vatteri Bottas (Mercedes) and George Russell (Williams) occurred on the main straight resulting in a DNF race for them both. Whilst the crash is still in review by FIA, we do believe the fault was that of George Russell. In attempts to pass Valtteri Bottas on the right, George Russell caught the grass with his right two tires, causing him to instantly lose traction and be thrown into Valtteri Bottas. Though thankfully both drivers are okay, a small altercation did occur. Lastly on Lap 32, Esteban Ocon (Alpine) had a spinout due to losing traction in the wet. The major crash caused the entire race to be halted to clear the debris. Formula 1 can be very dangerous while conditions are perfect, but even more dangerous when weather is at hand.

 

 

Formula 1 Italy Race Recap April 2021 - Imola is Intense!
Photo Credit – F1 / Red Bull Racing

 

 

Once the track was cleared, Lap 34 showed Max Verstappen (Red Bull) lost traction whilst leading the pack but quickly recovered to maintain the front. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) also lost traction and went off the track into the gravel with traction issues.

Lap 38, Sergio Perez (Red Bull) went to wide and was thrown off the track. As the track continued to clear and become dry, the race began to pick-up and was fast/smooth running into Lap 58.

Lap 58 was unlucky for Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), as he went off the track, interestingly enough as the track was beginning to dry. Nikita Mazepin (HAAS) experienced a similar spinout on Lap 62. Fast forward to Lap 63, and the race was over! The end result of Formula 1 Round 2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (Imola) was:

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – (Also recorded the fastest Lap at 1:16:702)
  3. Lando Norris – McLaren

Here are the Current Standings for Drivers Points:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 44
  2. Max Verstappen – 43
  3. Lando Norris – 27
  4. Charles Leclerc – 20
  5. Veltteri Bottas – 16
  6. Carlos Sainz – 14
  7. Daniel Ricciardo – 14
  8. Sergio Perez – 10
  9. Lance Stroll – 7
  10. Pierre Gasly – 4
  11. Kimi Raikkonen – 2
  12. Yuki Tsunoda – 2
  13. Esteban Ocon – 1
  14. Fernando Olonso – 0
  15. Antonio Giovinazzi – 0
  16. George Russel – 0
  17. Sebastian Vettel – 0
  18. Mick Schumacher – 0
  19. Nikita Mazepin – 0
  20. Nicholas Latifi – 0

Here are the Current Standings for Constructors Points:

  1. Mercedes – 60
  2. Red Bull Racing – 53
  3. McLaren – 41
  4. Ferrari – 34
  5. Aston Martin – 7
  6. AlphaTauri – 6
  7. Alfa Romeo – 2
  8. Alpine – 1
  9. Williams – 0
  10. HAAS – 0

 

The Formula 1 season takes us next to Portugal, at the Portuguese Grand Prix (Algarve International Circuit) from April 30th to May 2nd. Hopefully, we’ll see you there and we can’t wait for Round 3!

If you missed Round 1 of Formula 1, the season opener at Bahrain, click here to read! Formula 1 Bahrain Race Recap March 2021 – What a Race!

 

Photo Credit – Formula 1 / Red Bull Racing

 

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