Max Verstappen felt Imola win was ‘deserved’ as Charles Leclerc pays for his mistake

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MAX VERSTAPPEN led from begin to end with a convincing win on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen felt Imola win was 'deserved' as Charles Leclerc pays for his mistake

Max Verstappen was delighted with Pink Bull’s one-two (Picture: SKYSPORTS)

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Max Verstappen was delighted to select up the utmost factors on supply at Imola this weekend after dominating the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from begin to end. It proved to be the proper weekend for Pink Bull of their struggle with Ferrari as Verstappen received Saturday’s dash earlier than taking the chequered flag on Sunday.

The Dutchman needed to be cautious of Charles Leclerc from the beginning, however the Ferrari driver had a gradual begin which noticed Sergio Perez transfer up into second on the primary lap. Ferrari’s day was made even worse when Carlos Sainz’s race got here to an early finish after he was pushed off the monitor by Daniel Ricciardo in a racing incident.

Nonetheless, Leclerc was holding tempo with the Pink Bulls and had just a few alternatives to overhaul Perez and transfer as much as second. However catastrophe struck for Leclerc as he tried to get into DRS vary of Perez on lap 54, spinning into the wheel and damaging his entrance wing.

The championship chief was compelled to pit and got here out in ninth earlier than battling to complete sixth. All of the whereas, Verstappen was having fun with a comparatively snug journey on the entrance of the pack earlier than crossing the road for his second win of the season.

Max Verstappen felt Imola win was 'deserved' as Charles Leclerc pays for his mistake

Max Verstappen received Saturday’s dash as nicely (Picture: GETTY)

Following his win within the dash on Saturday in addition to the quickest lap on Sunday, Verstappen walks away from Imola with the utmost 34 factors. Leclerc’s sixth-placed end to associate with second on Saturday means he solely picks up 15, giving Verstappen an enormous leap up the standings.

With Perez ending simply behind him, Verstappen feels it was the proper weekend for Pink Bull throughout. He stated: “It is all the time powerful to attain one thing like that.

“Yesterday and the day earlier than, we had been on it and it was trying like a robust weekend. Right now, you by no means know with the climate how aggressive you are going to be however I feel as a staff we did all the pieces nicely and I feel this one-two is nicely deserved.”

He added: “The beginning was essential however afterwards judging the situations and when to swap to the slick tyres. Within the lead it’s a must to dictate the tempo and it is all the time a bit tough initially however all the pieces was nicely managed.”

Perez additionally strikes up within the standings following back-to-back second-place finishes and the Pink Bull driver feels the staff are on course.

Perez stated: “It was actually intense! The struggle since midway by the race we had been preventing, then it was all beneath management however then they begin chasing us once more with the cease and it was the struggle once more and to heat up the tyres. A very powerful factor at the moment is to not errors, as a result of with these situations it was so tough on the market to get a 1 2 in these situations. I feel it’s a nice end result for the staff. We have been so unfortunate firstly, been so tough for us.

“I’m very happy to see everybody in my staff smiling at the moment. That is the goal [wins] however at the moment is a good day for the staff, we have nonetheless received to maintain working, there’s nonetheless just a few bits we have got to make higher to get nearer to the win. I’m completely happy for Max.”

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