Dubai, UAE: Round 3 of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix took place at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola . HRC “Honda Racing Corporation” providing technical support to Oracle Redbull Racing driver Max Verstappen finishing win and Sergio Perez in 2nd place.
Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda started 12th and finished 7th. Pierre Gasly, who started 17th, moved up to 12th.
Oracle Red Bull Racing
To have a weekend like this for both of us with a one-two for the Team is just incredible. It was a very lovely Sunday! Everything today was well executed, coming into the weekend I didn’t expect it to be like this. It was more or less a perfect weekend, everything went well for us and we’ll of course enjoy today. I scored the maximum amount of points this weekend and we can be really proud of that as a Team, it’s a great boost. Today was all about judging the conditions, making the right calls and staying very focused and I think we did that very well. We need to keep focused and we know that at the next race we need to be up there again and keep this going.
Oracle Red Bull Racing
It was a tough race but an enjoyable one. Rule number one in these conditions is to finish. It was difficult because in these conditions it is easy to make a mistake and put a foot wrong but we managed a clean race and kept out of trouble, which was pretty important. I got a great start and the restart was good too, then I think the Team did a great job with strategy out there. On the intermediates I was really thinking to save the tyres but the degradation was high and Charles was really fast towards the end of that stint so I was happy to just keep him behind. The race was pretty intense with Charles, he was always within an undercut range and when we thought we had him under control he boxed and made things a lot harder for both of us. We were both pushing with cold tyres and, in fairness to Charles, it was easy to make mistakes. We have had such a difficult start to the season with reliability concerns and DNFs, so it was really important we brought it home today – it is a great result for the Team.
I’m super happy with today, especially to score points at our home track. There are a lot of people from the factory watching here in the grandstands today, every lap I could see the AlphaTauri flags being waved and it gave me a great boost, so it feels like a big thank you to everyone that works so hard in the team. The pace of the car has been really good today, I didn’t expect it to be quite that strong heading into the race, but we’ve made progress through the week and I’m pleased with the performance we showed this afternoon.
It was a frustrating race, we were all stuck in a DRS train and with the top speed we had, we weren’t able to do much. We’ve had really great performances in Quali up until this weekend, where sadly we didn’t perform well, which meant we were on the back foot from Friday. We need to go away and work out how to get back to a stronger Qualifying performance for the next race. I’m really excited about Miami, the track looks really good and I’m looking forward to racing there.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
F1 2022 Round 4
|1||Max VERSTAPPEN||1||Oracle Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing||26||1:32’07.986|
|2||Sergio PEREZ||11||Oracle Red Bull Racing||Red Bull Racing||18||16.527|
|3||Lando NORRIS||4||McLaren||McLaren Mercedes||15||34.834|
|5||Valtteri BOTTAS||77||Alfa Romeo Racing||Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari||10||43.181|
|7||Yuki TSUNODA||22||Scuderia AlphaTauri||Scuderia AlphaTauri||6||61.11|
|8||Sebastian VETTEL||5||Aston Martin||Aston Martin Mercedes||4||70.892|
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