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Alfa Romeo wins right to review Raikkonen Imola F1 penalty

The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team has won the right to review for the 30-second time penalty that cost Kimi Raikkonen points at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Bottas unsure DAS would have solved Imola F1 tyre struggles

Valtteri Bottas is unsure Mercedes’ innovative dual-axis steering (DAS) device that was banned for 2021 would have solved his Formula 1 tyre struggles at Imola two weeks ago.

Why Hamilton didn’t break F1’s rules for reversing on track

Lewis Hamilton’s recovery drive to finish second at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was helped when he managed to reverse back on to the track after his off at Tosa.

Verstappen surprised how good wet start was at Imola

Max Verstappen was surprised by his fast getaway at the start of Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Red Bull struggled to do so in wet conditions last year.

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for 2021

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

Alonso: Playing catch-up in F1 is no excuse for current form

Fernando Alonso says he cannot use his lack of recent race experience in a Formula 1 car as an excuse for his lacklustre performance at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Ten things we learned from F1's 2021 Emilia Romagna GP

Despite Max Verstappen's victory in a thrilling Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, will the weekend still go down as a missed opportunity for Red Bull? We assess the weekend's major talking points, as the race for a top seat in 2022 took an explosive turn, F1's oldest team showed more signs of recovery and 2021's first political spat broke out

McLaren: Norris Imola F1 podium deserved on merit

McLaren Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' podium in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was earned on merit, as shown by his driver hitting the top three on pace in every Imola qualifying session.

Vettel: FIA "not very professional" in dealing with Imola penalty

Sebastian Vettel says the FIA was "not very professional" in the way it handled his penalty during Formula 1's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Bottas crash damage could cost Mercedes F1 upgrade push

Toto Wolff says the costs incurred by the damage to Valtteri Bottas’s Formula 1 car following his crash with George Russell at Imola could cost Mercedes upgrades and impact development.

Perez "very sorry" to Red Bull for Imola F1 woes

Sergio Perez has apologised to the Red Bull Formula 1 team for his troubled run at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that left him out of the points.

Russell planning clear-the-air call with Bottas in coming days

George Russell says he is planning to call Valtteri Bottas in the coming days to clear the air following their Formula 1 crash at Imola on Sunday.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Bottas: Russell has "quite a theory" over Imola defending after crash

Valtteri Bottas hit back at George Russell's suggestion he may have defended differently against another driver after their Imola Formula 1 crash, calling it "quite a theory".

No further action on Bottas-Russell 'racing incident'

The FIA's Formula 1 race stewards have opted to take no action over Valtteri Bottas and George Russell’s clash in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, calling it a “racing incident”.

Russell: Bottas may not have made same move on another driver

George Russell has questioned Valtteri Bottas's "dangerous" move in their Imola Formula 1 crash on Sunday, saying he would have acted differently "perhaps if it was another driver".

Bottas: Imola F1 crash with Russell "clearly his mistake"

Valtteri Bottas pointed the finger at George Russell following their high-speed crash in the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying it was “clearly his mistake”.

Norris: Soft-tyre call at Imola restart was “right decision”

Lando Norris now agrees with McLaren’s decision to run soft tyres at the Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix restart – which secured a podium finish – despite not being confident with the call at first.

Grand Prix race results: Verstappen wins wild Imola F1 race

Max Verstappen won a crash-packed and red-flagged Emila Romagna Grand Prix at Imola for Red Bull on Sunday, the second race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Raikkonen loses points after post-race penalty at Imola

Kimi Raikkonen has been stripped of his points finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after being handed a 30-second post-race penalty.

Stroll hit with post-race penalty, drops to eighth

Lance Stroll has been demoted to eighth position after stewards issued a post-race time penalty following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Leclerc explains why he didn't pass Verstappen on restart

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has explained why he did not pass Max Verstappen during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix winner's brief off at the race's safety car restart.

Hamilton: Rush to pass lapped F1 cars triggered Imola crash

Lewis Hamilton says being in too much of a rush to get past lapped traffic triggered the off that nearly derailed his podium hopes in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Wolff: Russell has ‘lots to learn’ after Bottas F1 crash

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff believes his protégé George Russell has “lots to learn” following his Formula 1 crash with Valtteri Bottas at Imola, saying the Mercedes car is almost a write-off.

Emilia Romagna GP: Verstappen wins, Hamilton recovers to second

Max Verstappen won a thrilling wet-dry Emilia Romagna Formula 1 race, featuring the Red Bull driver colliding with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and George Russell suffering a race-suspending crash.

Emilia Romagna GP red-flagged after Bottas/Russell crash

The Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is under a red flag with 30 laps remaining after a sizeable crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell.

Emilia Romagna GP as it happened

Live updates from the 2021 Formula 1 Emilia Romagna GP at Imola

Red Bull: Perez progress 'incredible' in Imola qualifying

Red Bull has labelled Sergio Perez’s progress with its Formula 1 team as ‘incredible’, after the Mexican grabbed a front row slot for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Williams: Latifi's strong Imola F1 form "disturbed" Russell

Williams believes Nicholas Latifi’s strong Formula 1 practice form “disturbed” George Russell ahead of Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying, before he “chipped away” to join his teammate in Q2.

Mercedes: Tyre warm-up issue caused Bottas’ Q3 struggles

Mercedes believes a tyre warm-up issue caused Valtteri Bottas to struggle in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and slump to eighth place on the grid.

Perez still "miles away" from gelling with Red Bull F1 car

Sergio Perez was surprised to qualify second for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he still feels “miles away” from gelling “naturally” with Red Bull’s car concept. 

Tsunoda’s gearbox broke in half in Imola Q1 crash

Yuki Tsunoda broke the gearbox of his AlphaTauri Formula 1 car in half in his qualifying crash at Imola, but is not expected to require a chassis change.

Seidl: Self-criticism after Imola mistake typical of Norris

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says Lando Norris' harsh self-criticism after a minor Imola Formula 1 qualifying mistake typifies the young Briton's character.

Hamilton: Red Bull has better set of strategy cards to play

Lewis Hamilton believes Red Bull strategically holds “better cards” heading into Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with its drivers starting behind the world champion on different tyres. 

Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more

Imola will host the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this Sunday. Scroll down for the full schedule of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Hamilton never expected to beat Red Bulls in Imola qualifying

Lewis Hamilton said he never expected to outqualify both Red Bulls at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he grabbed his first Formula 1 pole position of the season.

Perez: Last-corner mistake cost me Imola F1 pole

Sergio Perez was left ruing a final-corner mistake during Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying he “should have been on pole”.

Norris admits he "effed it all up" in Imola qualifying

McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris said he is "annoyed with myself" after losing third on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix grid due to exceeding track limits, admitting he "effed it all up".

Alonso: Lack of trust in Alpine car costly at old-school Imola

Fernando Alonso feels he is not yet able to fully trust where the limit of Alpine’s Formula 1 car is after qualifying 15th for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes pole in Imola F1

Lewis Hamilton took his 99th Formula 1 pole position for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola for Mercedes on Saturday, the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Bottas 'couldn't trust rear-end' of Mercedes car in Imola Q3

Valtteri Bottas says he “couldn’t trust the rear end” of his Mercedes Formula 1 car in the final stage of qualifying at Imola on Saturday, contributing to his P8 finish.

Russell explains "Pastor Maldonado moment" in qualifying

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell revealed he had a “Pastor Maldonado moment" when he ran wide before starting his first flying lap in Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying.

Giovinazzi critical of Mazepin not respecting qualifying etiquette

Nikita Mazepin has been accused of showing no respect for Formula 1's qualifying etiquette after a run-in with Antonio Giovinazzi in Q1 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Vettel missing ‘last bit of confidence’ with Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel feels he needs to be more patient and wait for “that last bit of confidence” with Aston Martin’s Formula 1 car following his Q2 exit at Imola.

Sainz: Imola Q2 exit "exposed" lack of Ferrari F1 mileage

Carlos Sainz was left disappointed by his Q2 exit in Formula 1 qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying the result “exposed” his lack of mileage with Ferrari.

Emilia Romagna GP: Hamilton beats Perez, Verstappen to pole

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole for Formula 1's 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as he topped qualifying ahead of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen – the top three covered by just 0.087s.

Tsunoda got "too excited" before Imola qualifying crash

Yuki Tsunoda has apologised to the AlphaTauri Formula 1 team following his crash in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying he got "too excited".

Emilia Romagna GP qualifying as it happened

Live updates from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend at Imola

Mercedes F1's step forward helped by Bahrain 'sting'

Mercedes says the ‘sting’ of not being fastest at the Formula 1 season opener helped galvanise the team to turn things around for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Emilia Romagna GP: Verstappen leads FP3 from Norris, Hamilton

Max Verstappen topped third practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix by over 0.4s to McLaren’s Lando Norris, with Lewis Hamilton third in an action-packed session.

Why F1 track limits are back in the spotlight at Imola

The thorny subject of track limits in Formula 1 has resurfaced in Imola this weekend, and like the similarly emotive VAR in football, it’s not going away any time soon.

Leclerc: "Difficult to believe" Ferrari so close to top teams

Charles Leclerc says it is “difficult to believe” Ferrari is so close to the leading Formula 1 teams at Imola after its impressive display during Friday practice.

Ferrari and Williams join F1's Z-shaped floor gang

Ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Formula 1 grid has been split right down the middle in terms of the way they approach the new floor regulations.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Imola is hosting the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this weekend. Here's how you can watch qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on April 17 in your country.

Ferrari's Imola practice pace "not a shock" to Norris

Ferrari's impressive showing during Friday's Formula 1 practice sessions for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was "not a shock", according to McLaren's Lando Norris.

Mercedes F1 drivers ‘a lot happier’ with W12 at Imola

Mercedes’ Formula 1 drivers were left feeling “a lot happier” with their W12 Formula 1 car after taking 1-2 finishes in Friday practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Emilia Romagna GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Imola

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship at Imola, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Verstappen: Red Bull "a little bit" on back foot after FP2 issue

Max Verstappen says Red Bull is "a little bit" on the back foot at Imola after a driveshaft issue ended his Formula 1 practice running prematurely on Friday.