2016 champ Nico Rosberg hailed a usually relentless Max Verstappen assault in Imola, whereas he fears for Ferrari and their tyre life.
As dash qualifying returned for 2022, Verstappen was offered with a significant alternative to get well factors, having suffered two pricey retirements whereas operating P2 on the Bahrain and Australian GPs.
He had the proper beginning place from pole, nevertheless it was Championship chief Charles Leclerc who received the higher begin, leaping Verstappen and controlling a lot of the race.
Within the latter phases although Purple Bull advised Verstappen over the radio that Leclerc was battling graining, and he duly closed in on the Ferrari driver, making the cross to take P1.
From there Leclerc had no response as Verstappen managed the ultimate few laps and claimed P1, together with eight invaluable factors.
It was a hunt very a lot out of the Verstappen playbook to Rosberg’s thoughts.
“Verstappen, simply typical, so relentless,” Rosberg advised Sky Sports activities F1.
“It’s like he’s a type of guys you least need to see in your mirrors getting larger and larger as a result of you realize that man goes to assault, giving it 100 per cent.
“That’s what he did once more with an excellent transfer which was improbable to see.”
Regardless of each Leclerc and Verstappen utilizing the smooth compound for the dash, Verstappen was clearly in a position to maintain efficiency in them for longer than Leclerc.
So, waiting for the Grand Prix, Rosberg believes that this was certainly worrying for Ferrari.
“It actually is sort of a fear for Ferrari as a result of the tyre deg was very huge on the finish there,” he stated.
“The lap time distinction between the 2 was fairly important so that’s not going to make it simple for them tomorrow.”
Not solely was this the primary dash of 2022, it was additionally the primary one to happen because the main regulatory change.
Imola is a monitor the place overtaking is normally at a premium, however there have been loads of strikes occurring throughout dash qualifying.
The idea is one which has reasonably polarised followers and F1 personnel alike, however Rosberg is unquestionably a fan.
“I’m loving these dash races, to be sincere,” he confirmed.
“It was actually enjoyable to observe, actually good motion and I’m all for it.”