Leclerc: Ferrari power strategy cost shot at better F1 Imola GP result

The Italian squad had impressed in Friday practice but, in its preparations for qualifying, the team appeared to lack pace at the start of the lap relative to the cars ahead of it in the battle for pole position.GPS traces show that his Ferrari was between 3-4kph slower on the straights compared to the two McLarens, and even more in arrears compared to polesitter Max Verstappen – thanks to the tow …Keep reading

Verstappen “almost ended in the grandstands” amid Imola F1 hard tyre struggles

Red Bull driver Verstappen narrowly edged McLaren’s Lando Norris after he gapped the Briton in the first stint on mediums, but struggled much more on the hard Pirelli rubber for the majority of Imola’s 63-lap race.Verstappen explained that he couldn’t keep the hard compound in the right operating window, which led to a lack of grip that he says nearly saw him crash at Turn 7’s Tosa hairpin.”On the …Keep reading

Why Albon wasn’t penalised for driving with “10mm” loose wheel in Imola GP

The Williams driver stopped on lap eight from running 14th early on in Sunday’s race, but when he returned to the track he slowed down after traversing the Tamburello chicane where he spotted the extent of the problem.Albon then toured slowly back to the pits to switch to a new set of tyres and rejoined the race one lap down.He was then slapped with a 10s stop/go penalty for violating Article …Keep reading

McLaren unsure Norris could have passed Verstappen to win F1 Imola GP

Norris initially struggled to keep up with polesitter Verstappen in the first stint on medium tyres, but after the sole pitstop for hard tyres the Briton started closing the gap with Verstappen.Norris started reeling Verstappen in over the final 15 laps but just failed to get within DRS range heading into the final lap.The British driver ended up less than a second behind at the line as the …Keep reading

Our writers rate the 2024 F1 Imola Grand Prix

The Red Bull driver maintained a comfortable lead until the last few laps and rarely seemed to be threatened by the McLarens and Ferraris behind him.Our writers give their verdict on the seventh round of the 2024 season.Late Norris surge fails to disguise snoozefest: 4/10 – Filip CleerenAs much as the drivers love racing at Imola – can’t blame them, it is a mega circuit – today’s race further …Keep reading

Sainz: Ferrari F1 upgrade expectations “completely out of reality”

Ferrari brought a comprehensive set of upgrades to its first of two home races, which it had shaken down during a filming day at Fiorano last week.The update covered a lot of areas on the car, including the floor, the wings, sidepod and engine cover, raising hopes of the Tifosi that, following McLaren’s leap forward in Miami with its own spec update, Ferrari could be next to challenge Red Bull at …Keep reading

What F1 GPS data reveals about Verstappen’s Imola qualifying save

Having been congratulated on his run of poles that stretches back to the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, Verstappen was left to reflect on how his tricky event was turned around following his series of FP1 offs into the Imola gravel.He called it a “really difficult weekend so far” after climbing from his RB20.That FP1 outing had been led by Ferrari’s Charles …Keep reading

Piastri given three-place grid penalty at F1 Imola GP for impeding Magnussen

In Q1 Piastri blocked Haas driver Magnussen into the Tamburello complex on the Dane’s final flyer.The incident ruined Magnussen’s session, going out in 18th while team-mate Nico Hulkenberg advanced to Q3.Piastri said that he “didn’t see any cars coming” in his mirror because the main straight before Turn 2 curves to the left, leaving Magnussen in his blind spot.The three-place grid drop bumps …Keep reading

Verstappen credits “tow buddy” Hulkenberg for help to grab Imola F1 pole

Verstappen and Red Bull had appeared on the back foot in Imola all weekend, but after turning around their car set-up, Verstappen came up with a big lap when it mattered and held off McLaren duo Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris for his eighth successive pole.Verstappen effectively clinched his pole on the straight, with faster top speeds helping him arrive at Turn 2, Tamburello, with a gap twice as …Keep reading

The Red Bull turnaround behind Max Verstappen’s Imola F1 pole

Finding a remedy to the team’s situation, where it seemed to struggle for a cadence over the kerbs and through the second sector of the Imola circuit, was going to test the team’s usual overnight work heading into Saturday. Both the trackside and factory divisions at Red Bull had to get their hands dirty to decipher the root cause of Verstappen and Sergio Perez’s problems throughout Friday …Keep reading