MAX VERSTAPPEN secured his second win of the season as he eased to victory at Imola, ending forward of teammate Sergio Perez and McLaren’s Lando Norris on the rostrum.
Max Verstappen makes delicate dig at Lewis Hamilton
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Jos Verstappen has disagreed together with his world champion son Max after the Purple Bull star lapped his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton on the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton struggled all through the weekend and solely managed to assert P13 – exterior the factors – whereas teammate George Russell got here fourth.
Jos was clearly happy with his 24-year-old son’s achievement at Imola, lapping 2021 rival Hamilton to finish a weekend to neglect for the Brit. He believes Purple Bull are transferring in the precise path after 4 races to open the 2022 season, and labelled Max’s efficiency as ‘tremendously robust’.
Whereas the Purple Bull ace wasn’t shocked with the lapping of Hamilton, his father Josh admitted he was pleasantly amazed. “He didn’t make a single mistake, was very strong and fully in management,” the 50-year-old wrote in his column for Verstappen.com. “It doesn’t occur fairly often that you just get the prospect to lap a Mercedes.”
His remark comes following the explosive rivalry between the Dutchman and the Brit which outlined final season. Jos admitted it was good to see ‘after what occurred final 12 months’.
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Max Verstappen surged to the win at Imola, lapping Lewis Hamilton en path to victory (Picture: GETTY)
Nonetheless, the 2021 world champion revealed that lapping Hamilton on Sunday didn’t carry him a lot pleasure, suggesting it was not ‘something thrilling’ for him. Verstappen handed Hamilton on lap 41.
“Mercedes has been sluggish all 12 months, so for me it isn’t something thrilling, it simply occurs,” the reigning world champion mentioned. “It was a great weekend for us, we wanted it.
“I did not anticipate us to have a weekend like this. However when you might have a weekend on the finish like this, that is unbelievable: a one-two for the workforce but additionally most factors scored. Additionally the best way we dealt with the race, we didn’t actually make any errors. A really constructive weekend.”
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Max Verstappen continued his title defence with the win in Imola whereas teammate Sergio Perez got here P2 (Picture: GETTY)
Hamilton was actually extra downbeat in his post-race interviews as he missed out on factors for the primary time this season. The Brit is now seventh within the Drivers’ Championship with 29 factors – 58 behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who’s 27 factors forward of Verstappen.
“A weekend to neglect that is for positive,” the seven-time world champion mentioned. “I’m out of the championship for positive. There is no query about that. I will nonetheless preserve working as arduous as I can and try to pull it again collectively in some way.”
The 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign – which is predicted to return to a report 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix substitute is discovered – continues with the Miami Grand Prix on Might 8.