Formula 1: Verstappen holds off Norris for victory in Imola

IMOLA, ITALY – MAY 19: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 takes the chequered flag during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Circuit on May 19, 2024 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202405190462 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen lead from pole and held of a late charge from the McLaren of Lando Norris in the closing laps to secure victory in Imola as he rebounded from a rough start to the weekend for his 5th victory in 2024. Charles LeClerc, the forerunner at the start of the weekend, ended his day in 3rd position ahead of Oscar Piastri and teammate Carlos Sainz for a strong, but lackluster result for the initially dominant Ferrari squad.

RACE START: Watch the getaway from Imola as Verstappen fends off the McLarens and Ferraris

The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Russell swapped their positions from the start of the race, with Hamilton in 6th and Russell in 7th as Sergio Perez recovered from 11th place at the start to finish 8th and in the points. Lance Stroll ended the afternoon 9th and the final car on the lead lap as Yuki Tsunoda put in another positive performance to score the final point for RB in 10th.

Lap 10 of the race saw trouble for the Williams of Alex Albon after a pit stop. Leaving the pit exit with new hard tires, the Williams slowed suddenly as Albon radioed the team that he had a loose wheel and slowly made his way around the 4.9km circuit. Despite changing tires, Albon was later forced to retire the car for unknown reasons and would be one of two non-finishers on the day.

Fernando Alonso, made up the 2nd of those who didn’t finish, however he would be classified 19th having completed the required laps to gain classification.

Towards the front of the grid, it was an all-out sprint for Lando Norris in the final laps as the McLaren hunted down Verstappen. The Dutchman however, had too much of a gap for Norris to overcome and with only 63 laps, all he needed was one or two more laps to have passed for the win. Norris would finish second by 0.725s for his 3rd consecutive podium and his 4th on the year.

Free Practice 1 Report: CLICK HERE

Free Practice 2 Report: CLICK HERE

Free Practice 2 Report: CLICK HERE

Qualifying Report: CLICK HERE


11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT631:25:2525
24Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES630.725s18
316Charles LeclercFERRARI637.916s15
481Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES6314.132s12
555Carlos SainzFERRARI6322.325s10
644Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES6335.104s8
763George RussellMERCEDES6347.154s7
811Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT6354.776s4
1022Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT621 lap1
1127Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI621 lap0
1220Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI621 lap0
133Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT621 lap0
1431Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT621 lap0
1524Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI621 lap0
1610Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT621 lap0
172Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES621 lap0
1877Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI621 lap0
1914Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES621 lap0

With the first back-to-back race weekends since the start of the season, the Formula 1 circus will roll into the Principality of Monaco for the star-studded Monaco Grand Prix. One of racings crown jewels, Monaco is known for its exotic cars, luxurious harbor, and of course the tight confines of one of the longest tenured Grand Prix’s in Formula 1. All of the action kicks off on May 24th for the first of three practice sessions, tune in here for all your session updates and catch everything live in your area’s local coverage.


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
May 24thPractice 113:30 – 14:30
Practice 217:00 – 18:00
May 25thPractice 312:30 – 13:30
Qualifying16:00 – 17:00
May 26thRace15:00