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2021 Emilia Romagna Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Two for two. We keep hoping this lasts as long as possible. For it could be a humdinger of a season.

EVENT: The official name is Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made In Italy E Dell'emilia Romagna. Ummm, we'll just call it Imola...

TRACK: A lot more interesting in the wet.

QUALIFYING: Hamilton gets Mercedes back on pole, while Bottas completely messes it up, Max makes a mistake, allowing Perez to get Red Bull on the front row, Norris' day in the sun is ever so fleeting, Russell is spectacular, and Tsunoda learns F1 is hard after all.

RACE: On the one hand, it would have been very interesting to see how the race would have played out in the dry with the Red Bulls on two different tire strategies and Bottas unable to help Hamilton. On the other hand, we still got an exciting, thrilling race, so we should stop complaining.

START: Verstappen has perfect grip with a rare second gear start, Hamilton doesn't back off and goes bouncing, Perez gets lost in the spray, Ricciardo makes a jump, and Latifi goes off, comes back on, squeezes a Haas, and ends up in the wall.

VERSTAPPEN: Except for a little (near catastrophic) moment just before the last restart, Max drove a dominating, mistake free race in ever changing, difficult conditions.

PEREZ: While Sergio made mistake after mistake, including the utterly boneheaded move of passing under the yellow thinking it was a formation lap, after losing two spots sliding off course.

RED BULL: Why didn't the team tell Perez to give back those spots immediately instead of suffering the penalty? They had to have known. Oh, that's right, it's all about Verstappen...

HAMILTON: A costly mistake made not so costly thanks to the timely red flag caused by his heir apparent.

BOTTAS: The crash overshadowed the fact Valtteri was having a horrible race. He never should have been fighting with a Williams to begin with. Not the type of performance to keep a ride.

MERCEDES: Made great strides since Bahrain. However, they still need to burn the midnight oil.

NORRIS: Once again, Lando's stock rose immensely.

RICCIARDO: For his second race at McLaren, Daniel was once again completely outshone by his teammate.

MCLAREN: They must really be thinking they hit the jackpot -- a Mercedes engine, just the right chassis changes, Norris is outstanding, and Ricciardo will eventually get into his form.

LECLERC: Another driver whose stock continues to rise.

SAINZ: Got a bit lucky to finish behind his teammate considering how many mistakes Carlos made in the first half of the race.

FERRARI: We are still not willing to say they are back. But, we are still willing to say they have gotten better.

GASLY: Wrong choice of wets over intermediates to start the race doomed Pierre's chances.

TSUNODA: Yuki made great progress up the field until a mistake and his stubborn unwillingness to obey track limits did him in.

ALPINE: Not the speed Alonso expected.

ALFA ROMEO: All set to have two cars in the points, then all of a sudden had zero cars in the points.

ASTON MARTIN: Whatever brake ducts they are using this year, they are not cooling the brakes.

RUSSELL: It was ruled a racing incident. But ultimately, it is the responsibility of the passing driver to make a safe pass.

VETTEL: Talk about one problem after another. But hey, this time not a single one was Sebastian's fault.

FIA: We've said this before, but we'll say it again. The red flag rules in F1 are dumb. Allowing work to be done during a red flag is absurd. Allowing drivers to get a lap back is silly. That kind of luck prevented Hamilton from finishing lower than second because he would not have made up all that time without getting his lap back. If this season goes down to the wire, remember this potential swing of points. They may end up being the difference.

MIAMI GP: We'll believe it when the lights actually go out. (And if they actually run this in June, do they not realize how freaking hot it is in Miami in June?!)

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Feud.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 700 -- The number of podium finishes in F1 history by British drivers, thanks to a double podium finish with Hamilton in second and Norris in third.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first podium by a British driver was in the very first F1 race -- the 1950 British GP. In an Alfa Romeo sweep, Reg Parnell finished third behind two Italians, winner Giuseppe Farina and Luigi Fagioli. It took until the 1956 Monaco GP before we saw a British double podium finish. Stirling Moss won in a Maserati. Peter Collins shared second in a Ferrari, as he only started the race, handing the car over to Juan Manual Fangio while in third on the 54th lap out of 100.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: A Haas tweet describing the travails of Mick Schumacher during the first full course yellow, "Schumacher can't pit... because the pit lane is currently closed, due to the debris at the exit, which of course is the German's own front wing. Talk about adding insult to injury here."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Daniel Ricciardo summarized the situation the entire grid found on the warm up laps to the grid, where a lot of drivers went off, "One of the two biggest challenges of this race were the laps to the grid."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Max Verstappen on his offs during qualifying, "I know that Honda makes good lawnmowers, but I don’t think this is suited for that."

SCHEDULE: A week off, then off to the Iberian Peninsula for a back-to-back in Portugal and then Spain.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Verstappen 63
2. Hamilton 63
3. Norris 63
4. Leclerc 63
5. Sainz 63
6. Ricciardo 63
7. Gasly 63
8. Stroll 63
9. Ocon 63
10. Alonso 63
11. Perez 63
12. Tsunoda(R) 63
13. Raikkonen 63
14. Giovinazzi 62
15. Vettel 61
16. Schumacher(R) 61
17. Mazepin(R) 61
NC Bottas 30
NC Russell 30
NC Latifi 0

Time of Race
2:02:34.598

Margin of Victory
22.000 secs.

Safety Car
2 for 8 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Lewis Hamilton

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 44
2. Verstappen 43
3. Norris 27
4. Leclerc 20
5. Bottas 16
6. Sainz 14
  Ricciardo 14
8. Perez 10
9. Gasly 6
10. Stroll 5
11. Tsunoda(R) 2
  Ocon 2
13. Alonso 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 60
2. Red Bull 53
3. McLaren 41
4. Ferrari 34
5. AlphaTauri 8
6. Aston Martin 5
7. Alpine 3
 
 

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan Canada France Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Dutch Italy Russia
Singapore Japan United States Mexico
Sao Paulo Australia Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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