Max Verstappen has won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after a lonely race out front at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
It was a one-two finish for Red Bull as Sergio Perez came home in second, and Lando Norris filled the final step on the podium this afternoon.
It was a hugely disappointing race for Ferrari on home turf as Carlos Sainz crashed out on the first lap after being clipped by the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo.
Charles Leclerc then made a vital mistake in the final laps after an overaggressive entry to Variante Alta results in his F1-75 mounting the kerb and losing control before making contact with the barrier.
As he dropped way down the order to ninth, his error lifted Norris into the podium positions.
Speaking after the race the delighted McLaren driver said: “Of course, it’s a surprise,” says Lando Norris.
“Amazing race, an amazing weekend. The team deserves it, from where we were in race one to now scoring a podium. Top job to the team.
“Everyone’s putting a lot of time and effort into this.
“I also like these conditions, I always do quite well! A great weekend, the hard work all pays off.”
After landing the maximum amount of points possible this weekend – winning the sprint, race, and fastest lap point – Max Verstappen told Sky Sports F1:
“Yesterday and the day before, we were on it and it was looking like a strong weekend,” Verstappen said.
“Today, you never know with the weather how competitive you’re going to be… as a team we did everything well and I think this one-two is well deserved.”