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Verstappen wins in Italy as Ferrari suffer disastrous home race

The battle is on between Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in the 2022 Formula 1 season. The two drivers have split the first four races of the season right down the middle with two victories each, plus a bonus sprint race win for Verstappen. The reigning Drivers’ World Champion got his title defence back on track with a dominant display at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which was made even more significant due to a disastrous weekend for Ferrari.

Verstappen took pole position on Friday, but was passed by Leclerc off the line in the sprint race. However, the Ferrari was not able to keep the pace as the tyres started to go off in the closing stages of the sprint. allowing Verstappen to overtake the Ferrari for the lead in what is becoming a familiar sight this season.

The Dutchman learned his lesson and got off the line quickly in the main race, followed by teammate Sergio Perez. Leclerc was slow off the line and had to settle for third. The first disaster for Scuderia Ferrari took place just moments after the start, with Carlos Sainz ending up stuck in the gravel trap after being nudged by Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren.