How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves
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How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

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Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

The 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix stage was set for a chess match – tense, slow-burning, unlively. The race’s final bow was a result that came via a war zone scene – dramatic, thrilling, controversial.

The teams had been aware of possible Sunday rain showers but, as ever in Formula 1, this particular crowd-pleaser wasn’t guaranteed. Yet the rain did arrive, 45 minutes before the start – falling in such a manner around the elongated Imola layout that it created an interesting challenge, with the lap’s first half soaking and the rest slippery-to-dry.

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