FACTS AND STATS: First Ferrari podium in Imola since Schumacher in 2006 sends the Tifosi wild

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IMOLA, ITALY - MAY 19: Third placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari celebrates on the podium

Max Verstappen won in Imola again, having also tasted victory here in 2021 and 2022. But it wasn’t straightforward for the Dutchman, who had to contend with a very quick Lando Norris in the latter stages of the race. Those two finished on the podium with Charles Leclerc, who sent the home fans wild with his rostrum. Here are the best facts and stats from the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix…

  • Verstappen matches Michael Schumacher in winning three consecutive Imola races. It’s his 59th Grand Prix victory, and his 49th since the start of 2021.

  • The Dutchman scores a 104th career podium finish, passing Kimi Raikkonen for sixth on the all-time list.

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  • Verstappen’s career win percentage is now 30.7%, surpassing Lewis Hamilton’s 30.4% for the best on the current grid.

  • Prior to Miami, Verstappen’s victories this year were by an average winning margin of 14.352s.

IMOLA, ITALY - MAY 19: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing

Verstappen recorded his fifth win this season and third in Imola

  • It’s the third consecutive race that has seen Verstappen and Norris finish in the top two spots.

  • Norris bagged his third straight Imola podium, on what was his 17th career podium finish. He also grabbed a third consecutive ‘Driver of the Day’ accolade.

  • This was McLaren’s best finish at Imola since Raikkonen finished second here in the 2003 San Marino Grand Prix.

  • Leclerc was third, for Ferrari’s first podium finish at Imola since Michael Schumacher won here in 2006.

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  • It was Leclerc’s fourth podium finish of the season, as he moves into second in the drivers’ championship.

  • Oscar Piastri was fourth – he was dropped three places on the grid thanks to a penalty, but only managed to regain one of those in the race.

  • The Australian has finished fourth in three Grands Prix this season without being on the podium – yet.

  • Carlos Sainz was fifth, for the third consecutive race. He’s yet to finish outside the top-five this season, and matches his best-ever finish at Imola.

IMOLA, ITALY - MAY 18: Second placed qualifier Oscar Piastri of Australia and McLaren looks on in

Piastri is still chasing a first podium finish this season

  • Hamilton was sixth, having also finished P6 in Miami which are his best results of the year.

  • George Russell finished P7, the first time Mercedes have had two cars in the top-seven in a Grand Prix since the opening round in Bahrain.

  • Sergio Perez’s eighth was his worst result of the year.

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  • Lance Stroll managed to score points in his 150th Grand Prix start.

  • Yuki Tsunoda bagged points for the fourth time in the last five races.

  • Nico Hulkenberg was P11, having not finished below that position since the opening race of the year.

  • Kevin Magnussen’s 12th was his best result since he scored a point in Australia.


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