Magazine: Verstappen beats Hamilton in Imola epic

Another epic rain-affected Formula 1 contest between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton is the big topic in this week’s Autosport magazine, out today (22 April). 

Magazine: Verstappen beats Hamilton in Imola epic

After Hamilton scored a brilliant pole against the odds, it was Red Bull’s Verstappen who won a chaotic and exciting Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Autosport’s GP Editor Alex Kalinauckas explains how the result hinged on some crucial saves, and assesses the first-corner clash between the two title protagonists who are now separated by just one point in the championship. 

Hamilton made a rare mistake, but the more controversial Mercedes incident involved his team-mate, Valtteri Bottas. The big crash with George Russell has added extra spice to the battle for the second Mercedes seat, which is one of the big 2021 F1 subplots. 

A driver who was, like Russell, well placed for a seat at a top team also opens up in this week’s issue. Nick Heidfeld looked set for a McLaren drive 20 years ago but the rise of his Sauber team-mate Kimi Raikkonen set the German’s career on a different path. 

Heidfeld, who holds the record for most F1 podium finishes without a win, looks back on that 2001 season and remembers the impression made by the young Raikkonen. 

Going further back in time, we look at the life of one of the great tin-tops of the 1970s. The Triumph Dolomite Sprint is sometimes overlooked when it comes to British Touring Car history, but Marcus Simmons talks to some of the key players – including 1975 champion Andy Rouse – about how the Dolomite became a success. And we look back at the six occasions on which Tony Dron defeated the Ford Capri hordes to take overall victory.  

We also report from the many motorsport events that took place last weekend as the motorsport season really gets into action. David Malsher-Lopez explains how IndyCar got a new winner, Gary Watkins reports on the GT World Challenge opener at Monza, while Lewis Duncan shows how Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo took control of the MotoGP standings with victory in Portugal. 

As ever, there’s the usual extensive coverage of the UK motorsport scene, including reports from the bumper meetings at Snetterton, Cadwell Park and Silverstone. 

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