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Emilia Romagna GP Facts & Stats: Hamilton and Norris make it 700 British podiums

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Sean Kelly
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IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 18: Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and third

Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix certainly threw up plenty of drama, with Max Verstappen’s victory, a rare mistake from Lewis Hamilton, and a thrilling podium from Lando Norris. It also generated its fair share of facts and figures…

• Verstappen failed to finish all 3 races in Italy last year and prior to today had never finished in the top-4 in this country at any track.

• Red Bull's best previous result at Imola was Vitantonio Liuzzi's 8th place in 2005.

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• Today was Red Bull engine supplier Honda's first win at Imola since Ayrton Senna's 1991 victory for McLaren.

• By taking the point for fastest lap, Hamilton ensured he retains his championship lead by 1 point - he now has 44 points.

• Hamilton retains his record of having never won the opening 2 rounds of any season in his career.

• He did, however, score in his 51st consecutive race start.

IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 18: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 on track

Not a bad day for Ferrari on home soil

• With Lando Norris third for McLaren behind compatriot Hamilton today, it makes 700 podium finishes for British drivers.

• It was also the first race with 2 British drivers on the podium since China 2012 with Hamilton and Jenson Button.

• Norris tied his career-best result, with what was only McLaren's 4th podium finish in the last 7 years.

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• Norris has finished in the top-4 at the opening 2 races of 2021.

• At Ferrari, Charles Leclerc’s 4th place tied his best result over the last 15 Grands Prix.

• With team mate Carlos Sainz in P5, there were 2 Ferraris in the top-5 for only the 2nd time this decade, following Turkey 2020, when Sebastian Vettel took 3rd and Leclerc 4th.

Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Saturday 17th April 2021. Imola,

Ocon made history for Alpine

• McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, P6, secured his 13th consecutive points finish – the longest streak if you discount Hamilton's Covid-interrupted run.

• At Aston Martin, Lance Stroll took his 4th consecutive points finish.

• Pierre Gasly finished 7th at AlphaTauri's home track.

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• With P9 on the road, Kimi Raikkonen provisionally matched Alfa Romeo's best result of 2020, which was also achieved at Imola. A post-race penalty then dropped him out of the points.

• With P10, Esteban Ocon scored the first ever point for the Alpine name in F1. The team's haul increased to 3 points after Raikkonen's penalty, with Ocon rising to P9 and Fernando Alonso inheriting 10th.

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