Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix – Race

Following yesterday’s Sprint, here’s the grid for the race: LEC, VER, PER, SAI, NOR, RIC, BOT, MAG, ALO, SCH, RUS, TSU, VET, HAM, STR, OCO, GAS, ALB, LAT, ZHO*
*ZHO will start from the pit lane after “The stewards found the team committed two separate breaches of the regulations while working on Zhou’s car” [racefans]
Given they worked on ZHO’s car without FIA supervision, I’m surprised they weren’t disqualified… or maybe the FIA checked it over and were ok with any changes?

The track is damp; air temperature 12°C; track 18°C
VER leads everyone away on the formation lap (except ZHO, who will start from the pit lane)
Everyone on intermediate tyres, so they’ll create a dry line… until it rains again

01/63: VER gets a clean start
PER takes P2 from LEC
SAI and RIC connect; SAI’s beached in the gravel trap; yellow flag, no SC yet
SC deployed

02[SC]: VER, PER, NOR, LEC, MAG, RUS, BOT, ALO, VET, TSU, STR, HAM, OCO, GAS, ALB, LAT, SCH, ZHO, RIC; out: SAI
Replay shows RIC tagged SAI but I think that’ll be a racing incident but he took out a Ferrari

03[SC]: RIC pits; more inters go on

04[SC]: SC in at the end of this lap
RIC sets fastest lap because he’s got room to catch up to the SC

05/63: LEC closing on NOR
ALO drops to P11

06: VER f/lap
HAM takes P11 from ALO – there’s a big hole in his right side pod

07: VER f/lap 1:30.444
ALO pits; retires – there’s a lot of damage to the floor too
Replay of lap 1 shows SCH partially spun and his rear wheel hit ALO’s side pod

08: VER f/lap 1:30.119
LEC takes P3 from NOR

09: HAM closing on STR
Many drivers going off-line to cool their inters; there’s still a threat of rain, so switching to dry tyres might be too risky

10/63: VER, PER, LEC, NOR, MAG, RUS, BOT, VET, TSU, STR, HAM, OCO, GAS, ALB, LAT, SCH, ZHO, RIC; out: ALO, SAI
VER f/lap 1:29.997

11: RUS has a look at MAG but the Haas keeps P5
There’s no DRS to help RUS because it’s a wet race

12: RUS passes MAG but can’t slow enough for the chicane, so MAG reclaims P5
BOT’s closing on RUS now
RUS makes another move, and makes this one stick

13: BOT looking for a way around MAG

14: BOT takes P6
HAM still stuck behind STR

15/63: VER, PER, LEC, NOR, RUS, BOT, MAG, VET, TSU, STR, HAM, OCO, GAS, ALB, LAT, ZHO, SCH, RIC; out: ALO, SAI

16: STR and HAM have caught TSU

17: RIC pits; switches to (dry) mediums, so he’ll be the guinea pig for the rest of the field
Radio from HAM saying it’s too early for dry tyres

18: VET pits, followed by GAS and ALB

19: PER pits from P2; mediums go on; rejoins P4
RUS and BOT pit too, followed by STR, HAM
BOT had a slow stop – problems with his front right
OCO released into HAM; minor contact
RIC f/lap 1:29.169

20/63: VER, LEC and NOR pit; rejoin
Incident involving OCO and HAM – unsafe release
ALB f/lap 1:29

21: VER, PER, LEC, NOR, RUS, BOT, VET, MAG, TSU, STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM, RIC, LAT, SCH, ZHO
BOT f/lap 1:27
HAM 1:26.695

22: LEC f/lap 1:24.435
LEC under 1sec behind PER but DRS isn’t enabled

24: PER f/lap 1:22.583
Radio for RUS telling him they didn’t do the flap adjustment during his pit stop so he’ll have understeer

25/63: VER, PER, LEC, NOR, RUS, BOT, VET, MAG, TSU, STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM, RIC, LAT, SCH, ZHO; out: ALO, SAI
PER f/lap 1:21.877
Yellow flag – SCH off but recovers

26: STR attacking TSU

27: PER f/lap 1:21.337
TSU holding up STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM and RIC

28: VER f/lap 1:21.095
PER makes a mistake; LEC closes up

29: VER f/lap 1:20.692
Black and white flag for SCH for exceeding track limits

30/63: VER, PER, LEC, NOR, RUS, BOT, VET, MAG, TSU, STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM, RIC, LAT, ZHO, SCH
VER laps ZHO

Half distance

34: DRS is now available
HAM close enough to get DRS next time he passes the detection point

35/63: VER, PER, LEC, NOR, RUS, BOT, VET, MAG, TSU, STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM, LAT, ZHO, SCH, RIC
(RIC must have pitted during the adverts; he’s now on hard tyres)

36: GAS and HAM both get DRS behind ALB

38: VER closing up to lap HAM

40/63: VER, PER, LEC, NOR, RUS, BOT, VET, MAG, TSU, STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM, LAT, ZHO, SCH, RIC

41: HAM lets VER by – that’s got to hurt

44: Something came off LAT’s car; looks like it ended up on the racing line

45/63: VER, PER, LEC, NOR, RUS, BOT, VET, MAG, TSU, STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM, ZHO, LAT, SCH, RIC; out: ALO, SAI

46: HAM has another try at passing GAS but even with DRS the Mercedes can’t pass the AlphaTauri

48: TSU takes P8 from MAG

49: HAM continues trying to get past GAS but just can’t do it

50/63: LEC pits from P3; softs go on; rejoins just ahead of NOR but the McLaren blasts past for P3

51: PER pits; softs go on; rejoins still P2
LEC reclaims P3

52: VER pits; softs go on; rejoins still P1
LEC f/lap
LEC now within DRS range of PER

53: LEC f/lap 1:18.849
TSU closing on VET
LEC takes too much kerb, spins into the wall; he gets going again, but has he damaged the Ferrari?

54: LEC pits from P3; new nose section; rejoins P9
TSU takes P6 from VET

55/63: VER, PER, NOR, RUS, BOT, TSU, VET, MAG, LEC, STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM, ZHO, LAT, RIC, SCH
Radio from LEC asking if everything looks OK; told yes, it’s ok to push

56: VER f/lap 1:18.4
Radio from LEC, “Doesn’t feel great”
LEC closing on MAG; easily past for P8

57: BOT closing on RUS

58: BOT now has DRS to attack the driver who replaced him at Mercedes

59: Spots of rain?
RUS defends P4
LEC takes P7 from VET

60/63: VER, PER, NOR, RUS, BOT, TSU, LEC, VET, MAG, STR, OCO, ALB, GAS, HAM, ZHO, LAT, SCH, RIC
Rain forecast for the last couple of laps

61: RUS continues to defend P4 from BOT

62: Radio from VER confirming he’s seen a few raindrops

63 = final lap: BOT has DRS one last time but can’t find a way around RUS

VER takes the chequered flag
Provisional result: VER*, PER, NOR, RUS, BOT, LEC, TSU, VET, MAG, STR; ALB, GAS, HAM, OCO, ZHO, LAT, SCH, RIC
*fastest lap
DNF: ALO, SAI

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