FACTS AND STATS: A grand slam first, and Red Bull's maiden double score at Imola

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Sean Kelly
IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 24: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing

Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix put a whole new spin on the 2022 season, after it all went wrong for Ferrari on the team’s home soil – quite a turnaround from their joy in Australia. The form reversal with Red Bull threw up some fascinating numbers, as did the results further down the grid…

• Today was only the 2nd time Red Bull have taken a one-two finish in the hybrid era (the other was Malaysia 2016 when Daniel Ricciardo led home Verstappen.

• Verstappen has won every time he has seen the chequered flag this year (two Grands Prix and one F1 Sprint.

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• Verstappen took pole, victory, fastest lap and led every lap – the first grand slam win in F1 history where a driver has taken P1 on the grid twice on the same weekend.

• Today was also the first time in F1 history that there have been consecutive grand slams for different constructors/drivers (Leclerc, of course, won last time out for Ferrari in Australia from pole, taking fastest lap and leading every lap)

• Red Bull had never previously scored with both cars at Imola.

IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 24: George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

George Russell - the most consistent performer of 2022 to date

• Lando Norris had never previously finished on the podium in consecutive races at same track – he was third for McLaren today, as he was at Imola last year.

• In fact, Norris has now been on the podium at the last three races held in Italy (he was second at Monza last year).

• Mercedes’ George Russell in P4 is the only driver to have finished in the top five at every race in 2022.

• P5 for Valtteri Bottas was the best result for Alfa Romeo since Brazil 2019 (Kimi Raikkonen P4, Antonio Giovinazzi P5).

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• Leclerc has finished in the top six in all three of his Imola starts, but Ferrari have no podium here since 2006.

• Despite finishing P6, Leclerc is still more than one win plus fastest lap (more than 26 points) ahead of Verstappen after this race by finishing p6

• With Yuki Tsunoda P7 and Pierre Gasly P12, AlphaTauri had exactly the same result here as in 2021, but with their drivers the other way around.

IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 24: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes

Sebastian Vettel was off the track at times, but he and Aston Martin are on the scoreboard at last

• With Sebastian Vettel P8 and Lance Stroll P10, Aston Martin scored for the first time in 2022.

• After the opening four races, all 10 teams have now scored – that has not happened since the 2018 season.

• Kevin Magnussen, P9 for Haas, has scored in three of first four Grands Prix this year, after the team were pointless in the previous 28 races.

• Carlos Sainz has completed just one lap in the last two Grands Prix – after a 31-race finishing streak before that.

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• In P13, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished a lap behind Max Verstappen for the first time since Mexico 2017.

• The last time Hamilton finished this low in a race was 18th in Azerbaijan last year, but that was after he went up the escape road at the final restart with two laps remaining, while in the lead.

• Alpine’s Esteban Ocon was P14, ending a seven-race scoring streak for the Frenchman.


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