Vertappen wins Emilia Romagna GP, Hamilton 2nd after error

Sports Desk, Apr 18 (EFE).- Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won his first Grand Prix of the season in a wet and wild Imola on Sunday.

Mercedes’s defending world champion Lewis Hamilton made an impressive comeback to claim second place at the Emilia Romagna GP after veering off the track in Lap 31.

McLaren’s Lando Norris completed the podium in third.

After the race, Verstappen told F1 media: “Very challenging out there, especially the beginning. I think we managed everything well, despite the small moment at my restart. It’s a long season, got to stay calm.”

Hamilton congratulated Verstappen and Lando, adding: “it’s the first time I’ve made a mistake in a long time, I’m really grateful to be here, it was so hard to get going again.”

A slippy track made for treacherous driving with a number of drivers spinning out on the corners.

Hamilton veered off in his medium tyres on Lap 31 shortly before a big crash between his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and George Russell when the Williams driver tried to overtake the Finn. Both were out of the race.

Officials issued a red flag to clean the considerable amount of debris from the track and the race resumed with a rolling start.

Hamilton climbed through the pack again to eventually overtake Norris in Lap 60 of 63 despite a solid defense from his fellow Brit.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc crossed the finish line in fourth, ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz.

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