Imola GP 2021 Live Results & Highlights: Max Verstappen Beats Hamilton But Its Hamilton Who Leads The Championship

Max Verstappen riding on the superb start he got manage to beat Lewis Hamilton in Imola GP. He drove exceptionally well to register his first victory in Italy but Hamilton takes the lead with a fastest lap scored. Lando Norris picked up the third place. That made British double on the podium after China 2012. Red Bull will be disappointed with the performance of Sergio Perez who started from the front row and couldn’t score a point and as a result Mercedes still leading the constructor’s championship with 60 points and Red Bull following with 53.

Lewis Hamilton is currently leading the Drivers’ championship with 1 additional point he got for the fastest lap. His leading the pack with 44 point with Verstappen following him with 43 points.

Top 10 Drivers After Imola GP

PosDriverPoints
1Lewis Hamilton44
2Max Verstappen43
3Lando Norris27
4Charles Leclerc20
5Valtteri Bottas16
6Carlos Sainz14
7Daniel Ricciardo14
8Sergio Perez10
9Lance Stroll7
10Pierre Gasly4

Max Verstappen is currently in complete control if nothing unusual happens, he will win the race

  1. Verstappen
  2. Hamilton
  3. Norris
  4. Leclerc
  5. Sainz

Drivers’ Quotes After Imola GP

MAX: “It was very hard to stay on track to be honest! “I had a little moment with my restart! But everything else went really well today”

LEWIS: “Congratulations to Max – he did a fantastic job today. Also to Lando – what an awesome job. “On my side it was not the greatest of days – first time I made a mistake in a long time, but Iโ€™m grateful to have been able to bring the car home today”

LANDO: “I tried hanging on to second, Lewis was a bit too quick for me today! “It’s nice to be fighting with these guys, and be there on merit, I look forward to more in the future”

Lap 60/63

Lando is keeping off Hamilton away, Hamilton is trying to hunt down Lando Norris to book second spot, Norris is no soft tyre and Hamilton finally able go past Norris.

Lap 56/63

Lewis Hamilton puts himself in a podium place as he uses DRS to go past Charles Leclerc. He is in the third place now came from a lap down climbed up to 3rd place from 9th

Lap 51/63

Lewis Hamilton took over Carlos Sainz and he is now in 4th position next in line is Charles Leclerc if he goes through he will be in podium contention.

  1. Verstappen
  2. Norris
  3. Leclerc
  4. Hamilton
  5. Sainz

Lap 43/63

Lewis Hamilton continues his charge and now went past Daniel Ricciardo and he is now 5th in the pack gaining 4 places ahead of him is Carlos Sainz of Ferrari.

Lap 38/63

Verstappen is leading the race comfortably behind him the McLaren of Lando Norris, Hamilton gained 1 place as he went past Raikkonen but Sergio Perez slipped and Hamilton in 7th place.

The race restarted and Norris wasted not time in overtaking Charles Leclerc and he is now in second position.

The race will start in about 10 minutes

Here is the top ten

  1. Verstappen
  2. Leclerc
  3. Norris
  4. Perez
  5. Sainz
  6. Ricciardo
  7. Stroll
  8. Raikkonen
  9. Hmailton
  10. Tsunoda

Lap 34/63

The race has been red flagged after the horrendous collision between George Russell, Hamilton now dropped to 9th position.

It is not going well for Mercedes this race, first Lewis lost the lead in the opening Lap. Then they missed the opportunity as they couldn’t performed the a clean pit stop to put him in lead. Then Bottas collided with Russell.

Now is great drama, Lewis Hamilton takes a visit to gravel, tries really hard and finally manages to come out but not after a some track position lost. Bottas and Russell collide and safety car is on.

Lap 30/63

Top 5

  1. Verstappen
  2. Hamilton
  3. Leclerc
  4. Norris
  5. Perez

Hamilton Pits right after Verstappen but a slow pit stop allows Verstappen to take the lead back.

Hamilton is getting some serious pace, and he reduced the gap to under 1 seconds and forces Verstappen to pit. Now Hamilton leads the race.

Lap 20/63

Max Verstappen is still leading the race with Hamilton behind and the gap is still 5 seconds. Leclerc is third with Perez in 4th position with Ricciardo is been overtaken by his teammate Lando Norris.

  1. Verstappen
  2. Hamilton
  3. Leclerc
  4. Perez
  5. Norris

Lap 15/63

Hamilton finding some pace and lead has been reduced to 4.9. Meanwhile Sergio Perez has been handed over 10 second stop and go penalty for overtaking under safety car.

  1. Verstappen
  2. Hamilton
  3. Leclerc
  4. Perez
  5. Ricciardo

Lap 10/63

The top 5 remains intact after the first 10 laps, Verstappen has created a lead of 5 seconds to Hamilton and looking in complete control here.

  1. Verstappen
  2. Hamilton
  3. Leclerc
  4. Perez
  5. Ricciardo

Lap 7/63

Safety car is gone and now Hamilton is trying to make a move on Verstappen but he wasn’t able to make the move the damage his took in opening lap is hurting his pace and balance.

Current Top 5

  1. Verstappen
  2. Hamilton
  3. Leclerc
  4. Perez
  5. Ricciardo

Nicholas Latifi is out after the contact with Nikita Mazepin and hits the wall.

Safety car early in the race but what an opening lap we had. Verstappen with real start took over Hamilton, the two touched as well.

The conditions are wet and drivers are out for formation lap.

Action is about to being in Imola, it is going to be very interesting fight between Red Bull and Mercedes. Sportsfeista going to bring Imola GP 2021 Live Results & Highlights.

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