The result of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is Verstappen dominating, while F1 leader Leclerc spins into P6.

The result of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is Verstappen dominating, while F1 leader Leclerc spins into P6.

Max Verstappen dominated the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, reinvigorating his chances of regaining the Formula One drivers' championship. The Dutchman guided Red Bull to their first one-two result since October 2016, cruising to win over teammate Sergio Perez at Imola.

Charles Leclerc had been on track to finish third, but when he followed after Perez late in the race, he spun off. The Ferrari driver returned to finish sixth, but Verstappen trimmed his advantage to 27 points.

Carlos Sainz retired on the first lap after being turned around into a gravel trap by Daniel Ricciardo's McLaren. It was a bad day for Ferrari in the first of their two home races in 2022. Lando Norris, Ricciardo's teammate, finished third, while George Russell, in his Mercedes, beat off a late assault from Valtteri Bottas' Alfa Romeo to finish fourth.

Russell did far better than his more renowned teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had a bad day and finished 13th, a lap behind.

At Imola, Verstappen and Red Bull roar back to form. After a disappointing performance in Australia two weeks ago, Verstappen and Red Bull needed a response, and they got it in Imola with what may be a critical race in the 2022 season.

It was frustrating that Verstappen did not even make it to the finish line in Melbourne due to technical troubles. However, he had been significantly behind Leclerc throughout the race and had been well beaten by the Ferrari driver before pulling off the circuit to halt.

Here, the boot was firmly on the other foot. After converting his pole position into the race lead at the start in wet conditions, Verstappen never appeared in jeopardy at the front. In a role reversal from Saturday's Sprint, Leclerc had a bad start from P2, and the Monegasque slipped to P4 behind Perez and Norris.

Results of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Position Driver Team Championship points 2. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 18 3. Lando Norris McLaren 15 4. George Russell Mercedes 12 5. Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 10 6. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 8 7. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 6 8. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 4 9. Kevin Magnussen Haas 0 10. Lance Stroll Aston Martin 0 11. Alex Albon Williams 0 12. AlphaTauri 0 13 Pierre Gasly Mercedes 0 14 Lewis Hamilton Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 0 16. Esteban Ocon Alpine 0 15. 0 17 Nicholas Latifi Williams Haas 0 18 Mick Schumacher McLaren Daniel Ricciardo 0 DNF 0 DNF for Fernando Alonso Alpine. Ferrari 0 Carlos Sainz

The start should be exciting, since the sprint race revealed that while overtaking is feasible, passing in a queue of vehicles may be difficult, especially if the majority of cars have access to DRS at the same time.