Red Bull's Max Verstappen finally got a sweet revenge against arch-rival Lewis Hamilton as he edged out the 7-time champion at Imola to win his first Grand Prix of the season. It was an action-packed race on a rainy evening in Italy as we even saw a red flag stopping the race. In the end, it was the Dutch who won the 11th race of his career.
Verstappen claims his 11th win of F1 career in style
The 23-year-old, who had never won a race in Italy before, surprisingly came up with a dominating show right from the beginning. Starting from P3, Verstappen had a brilliant start as he overtook Perez and Hamilton to take an early lead. The Dutch looked in complete control throughout the race and eventually secured a comfortable win by a margin of over 20 seconds. Reflecting on his terrific performance, Max said, "It was very hard to stay on track to be honest. I had a little moment with my restart. But everything else went really well today"
Great effort from Lewis Hamilton
Although the Brit would be disappointed to finish at second position after starting from pole, he should be delighted with a magnificent recovery-drive after locking up and beaching his car at Tosa early in the race. The Mercedes driver showed his class and produced some clean overtakes to move from P8 to P2 in the end.
Driver of the Day: Lando Norris
With Max and Hamilton always hogging the limelight, Emilia Romanga GP 2021 should belong to McLaren's Lando Norris. After unfortunately missing out on P3 during qualifying, the 21-year-old was one of the most impressive drivers at Imola to secure a brilliant podium finish. Norris received 'Driver of the Day' award for his scintillating performance in challenging conditions.
While Ferrari had a good day in the office with Charles Lercerc (P4) and Carlos Sainz (P5), it was a disappointing result for Sergio Perez (P12) and Valtteri Bottas (DNF).
Check out the final standings: