Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2024

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Verstappen wins despite McLaren pressure

Verstappen wins despite McLaren pressure: Analysis of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, brought to you by Bahrain International Circuit

There was much anticipation coming into Imola, following Lando Norris’ debut win in Miami two weeks ago. McLaren had shown that the upgrades to the car had put them right up there with Red Bull in terms of pace. Further, the team also believed that Imola was potentially a track which was better suited to the latest version of their car and recent history at the circuit has been kind to the Woking team. At the last running at Imola in 2022 (the race was cancelled last year due to devastating floods), Norris had managed a podium in a car which was, in theory, well behind the pace.

In addition to the McLaren upgrades, Ferrari had also showed up with an updated package and were making confident noises before the race weekend. Added to the fact that this was their home race, there were realistic hopes of being in the mixer for a victory.

Qualifying showed clearly how close the top three teams were to each other, with 0.3 seconds separating the top four places. Max Verstappen delivered a pole position, less than 0.1 seconds ahead of Oscar Piastri in second, with Norris third, followed by the pair of Ferraris. Unfortunately, a three-place grid penalty for impeding was issued to Piastri after the session, so he would start the race in fifth.

The race itself was something of a slow burner. The optimal strategy was for one pitstop, with most of the front runners starting on the medium tyre. It’s a venue where track position is key, with overtaking quite difficult. Changes to the track for this year, including to the gravel traps, added to the narrow nature of the circuit and the challenges this posed for drivers.

The top six drivers all got off to a reasonable start and the order at the front at the time of the scheduled set of pit stops was as per starting positions. McLaren were relatively early to stop, with Norris coming in on lap 22 with his teammate shortly after that. The early timing of that stop paid dividends for Piastri who skipped Sainz into fourth, just behind Leclerc in third, with Norris around six seconds behind Verstappen up front.

There was a danger that this race could have run its course into another comfortable win for Red Bull, but in the last 15 laps it truly came alive. Leclerc looked to be catching Norris which seemed like the catalyst for McLaren to step up the pace. All of a sudden, Norris was picking up half a second a lap to Verstappen, cutting the gap to under one second in the closing stages. Unfortunately for Norris, the laps ran out and he had to settle for second place, just 0.7 seconds behind Verstappen.

Charles Leclerc’s third place came to the delight of the home fans, whilst Piastri in fourth was left wondering what could have been had he not incurred that penalty in qualifying. Carlos Sainz was fifth, followed by Hamilton and Russell in the Mercedes, who were again short on pace. Perez was eighth after a poor performance in qualifying had him starting 11th on the grid, with Stroll and Tsunoda completing the top ten.

Whilst the headlines will show a Verstappen win, it was far removed from the dominant displays of earlier in the season. Perhaps the most revealing comment came from Piastri after the race, when he was asked whether the Monaco track would suit the McLaren car. His response was clear, in that McLaren believes that they have a chance in every race this season. This will no doubt come as music to the ears not just for the fans in Payapa, but to anyone in F1 that wants to see competitive and exciting racing. Imola certainly gave fans a strong taster of what to expect for what is still a huge number of races to come in 2024. 17 to be exact.

Finally, this weekend was also a chance to pay tribute to Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger who both died at Imola 30 years ago. There were many fitting tributes to the pair over the weekend, including a demo car run by Sebastian Vettel in a 1993 McLaren, which Senna claimed his final F1 victory in.

F1 is back in action again next week for the Monaco Grand Prix.