Max Verstappen won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in quite comprehensive fashion. The key moment of the entire race was just as it began.
At the start, we see Verstappen overtake not only his teammate Sergio Perez but also pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton. This was crucial because Hamilton was not expecting this. The Brit was focused on Perez the whole time.
Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer analyses what exactly went down during the moment.
“You see him looking to the right here, and he actually keeps doing that until he goes into third gear. He wants to know where Perez is.
“Only in third gear does he look to the left, but by then it is too late. Verstappen is already on the inside with his rocket start.
“Then Hamilton has to risk staying on the outside, but he doesn’t have a big lead going into the corner so he’s taking a big risk. They have no contact, because Lewis went too wide.”
“Hamilton was lucky after that, because just as he got off the track there was a bit of extra tarmac. As a result he stayed second,” the Briton concludes.
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