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Sprint F1 LIVE: Result and position on the grid when Max Verstappen wins and Lewis Hamilton matches the Emilia Romagna GP

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Watch Max Verstappen kick off Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to pole position after a dramatic late overtaking ahead of Charles Leclerc during Saturday’s sprint race, winning and finishing first in the Grand Prix itself.

The Dutchman started in Imola from the front before losing the lead to Leclerc in the opening lap after a slow escape. But after the frenetic end of the 21-lap Verstappen, Ferrari ruined Ferrari’s home party by fighting his way to Leclerco on the Tamburello Variant, winning the checkerboard flag and pole position for tomorrow’s main race.

However, further distress occurred for Lewis Hamilton after he started 13th and finished only 14-24 hours after both Mercedes cars did not make it to Q3 for the first time in almost 10 years during Friday’s qualifying in Imola.

Elsewhere in the sprint race, Sergio Perez finished third ahead of Carlos Sainz of Ferrari – who made the P10 in P4 a series of sparkling overtimes – with Land Norris fifth behind McLaren, third from the starting position.

Follow all the reactions from the sprint race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix below:

Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix sprint update

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Max Verstappen’s reaction

My start was not very good. It took a while for the pressure to develop. I think at the end of the race we were a little better on the tires. We had a good fight in the second turn. ”

Michael Jones April 23, 2022 4:15 PM

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Emilia Romagna sprint results

All eight best scored extra points from the sprint. Max Verstappen won the race, but Charles Leclerc increased his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship.

  1. Verstappen (Red Bull) 8 points
  2. Leclerc (Ferrari) 7 points
  3. Pérez (Red Bull) 6 points
  4. Sainz (Ferrari) 5 points
  5. Norris (McLaren) 4 points
  6. Ricciardo (McLaren) 3 points
  7. Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 2 points
  8. Magnussen 1b

Michael Jones April 23, 2022 4:12 PM

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Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna Sprint!

It was another fantastic battle between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Verstappen started badly, but held on and won pole position for tomorrow.

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Michael Jones23. April 2022 16:09

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Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna Sprint!

Max Verstappen held Charles Leclerc and will have pole position tomorrow!

Leclerc occupied P2, Sergio Perez P3 and Carlos Sainz P4.

Michael Jones April 23, 2022 4:05 PM

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Emilia Romagna sprint race

Elsewhere, Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas pushed ahead of Kevin Magnussen to get to P7 and score another point if he could keep the spot.

Michael Jones23. April 2022 16:04

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Emilia Romagna sprint race

Max Verstappen takes the lead! He bypasses Charles Leclerc’s exterior and exits the bend in front. However, there is one more lap left, so there may be time for another overtaking of the DRS.

Michael Jones23. April 2022 16:02

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Emilia Romagna sprint race

Max Verstappen actually keeps up the pressure on Charles Leclerc, but on the back straight he can’t reduce three laps before the end.

Carlos Sainz cast Land Norris and is on P4. Red Bulls and Ferrari now hold the top four.

Michael Jones23. April 2022 16:01

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Emilia Romagna sprint race

Five laps to the end and Max Verstappen slowly recruited for Charles Leclerc. He is within range of the DRS detection zone and could be ready to arrange a thrilling conclusion.

Michael Jones April 23, 2022 3:58 PM

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Emilia Romagna sprint race

Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t want anything to do with Carlos Sainz when a DRS-enabled Ferrari flies past him. Sainz started from 10th place and is now on P5 with Lando Norris of McLaren ahead of him.

Mick Schumacher has Sebastian Vettel!

Michael Jones April 23, 2022 3:56 PM

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Emilia Romagna sprint race

Another good job from Carlos Sainz when Ferrari overtakes Kevin Magnussen of Haas. Haas is on medium tires and has already dropped three places.

Eight laps to go. Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher take part in an interesting P10 competition. Schumacher overtakes DRS, but Vettel delays him.

Michael Jones April 23, 2022 3:54 PM