Lewis Hamilton Imola misery as Brit lapped by Max Verstappen for first time in five years

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LEWIS HAMILTON’S depressing F1 season continued as he was lapped by Max Verstappen en path to ending thirteenth in Imola.

Lewis Hamilton Imola misery as Brit lapped by Max Verstappen for first time in five years

Lewis Hamilton had a depressing day in Imola. (Picture: GETTY)

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Lewis Hamilton’s disastrous begin to the 2022 F1 season continued on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as he suffered the humiliation of being lapped by Max Verstappen. The seven-time world champion began the race 14th on the grid, and was solely capable of achieve one place within the moist climate as he once more seemed approach off the tempo.

It compounded an terrible weekend for Hamilton, who exited in Q2 on Friday, earlier than making no impression within the Saturday Dash Race. And the primary race of the marketing campaign in Bahrain, the place he benefited from each Purple Bull drivers retiring late on to complete third, stays his excessive level of the yr.

Every week after that he didn’t get previous Q1 in Saudi Arabia, ending tenth the subsequent day earlier than then taking fifth place in Australia. However following his newest blow, the 2021 season – the place Hamilton and Verstappen battled it out for the title proper up till the ultimate lap of the season – seems a distant reminiscence.

And that notion was rammed dwelling on Sunday as a result of the truth that the Dutchman lapped him on his solution to taking the chequered flag. The final time that occurred was on the 2017 Mexico Grand Prix, when Hamilton was fighting rear diffuser injury.

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Lewis Hamilton Imola misery as Brit lapped by Max Verstappen for first time in five years

Verstappen after lapping Gasly and Hamilton. (Picture: GETTY)

The irony was famous on social media, with the @ESPNF1 account tweeting: “Max Verstappen has simply lapped Lewis Hamilton. How instances have modified…” whereas @joshrevellyt added: “Hamilton lapped by Verstappen. This significantly wasn’t on my 2022 F1 bingo card.”

The British driver himself mentioned “This reveals how improper we’ve received it,” when requested by reporters about being overtaken by the winner, after which reiterated his view that he cannot problem for the championship this yr: “I’m out of the championship, for certain. There isn’t any query about that. I’ll nonetheless hold working as laborious as I can and pull it again collectively in some way.”

Lewis Hamilton Imola misery as Brit lapped by Max Verstappen for first time in five years

Verstappen was dominant all through at Emilia Romagna. (Picture: GETTY)

Staff-mate George Russell nevertheless, did handle to make his approach up the sphere. Beginning eleventh on the grid, he finally completed fourth so as to add to the thriller of why Hamilton is struggling a lot in his W13.

Present championship chief Charles Leclerc may solely end eighth after spinning off when making an attempt to search out second-placed Sergio Perez. It means the hole between him and Verstappen is right down to 27 factors.

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