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F1: Ferrari doesn’t mind rain: Leclerc and Sainz set the tone at Imola

The man from Madrid, who confirmed the engine change to his SF-75, was eight tenths behind the world championship leader (1:29.402).

Leclerc with the SF-75 during the first free session at Imola.AFP

It rained ruthlessly for 24 hours in a row, but at nine in the morning a handful of irreducibles had already taken their seats at the Tribuna Central. pilgrimage to tifosi The Imola Autodrome turned red and she still breathed when, an hour later, carlos sanzo Confirmed the rumor that was doing the rounds from a day ago. Ferrari changed the engine to the SF-75 after problems in Melbourne two weeks earlier.

Mattia Binottohead of Team, with the Spanish driver taking this precaution, who will be able to save the old power unit for the Monaco weekend, when it won’t need maximum power. In the Imola, of course, the performance of its propellant should resolve its duality. Charles LeclercFastest (1:29.402) in the first free session on Friday.

Ferrari’s eight tenths doesn’t fully explain the fervor with which the World Cup leader had to apply himself, facing three scares on an asphalt that turned into sliding glass. In the Variant Alta, in the Acu Minerale and in the Tamburello, Leclerc lost control of his car, which Sainz could hardly control. The Madrid man set the best record in three speed measurements (201 km/h, 252 km/h and 270 km/h), although he had to follow the regularity of his garage partner.

Only 13 laps for Alonso

With excessive rain tires and with intermediate tyres, Ferrari showed its superiority against Max Verstappen, Although its 1.4-second loss is not representative, due to rain, the truth is that Red Bull must appeal for some emergency resources to have options in Saturday’s sprint and Sunday’s race. Both appointments will be played, predictably, on dry asphalt.

Rain or shine, you still expect a lot Fernando Alonso, who was only able to complete 13 laps in his touchdown, the second lowest figure on the grid. seventh place, after sergio prezzi and wonderful Kevin Magnussen You mike schumacher, behind the wheel of Haas, did not allow definitive conclusions to be drawn about the Alpine’s performance. However if the new floor works as they expected, the two-time champion could be confirmed as a serious alternative to the podium.

hamilton, final

purpose of Otmar Szafnauer Happens to eject Mercedes, which couldn’t shine on a cold afternoon, theoretically ideal for its engine, sensitive to overheating. The worst part is that it’s hardly a surprise to see Lewis Hamilton in the last position, while George Russell should resign himself at the equator of the table, immediately before Valtteri BottasWhich called off the activity with the exit from the runway.

McLaren also appears doomed to an immediate reaction, which prompted some in Australia. because of the red flag lando norris, after going off the track at Turn 12, was not so disastrous as the Briton was able to get out of Pozzolana. In irrelevance it was handled again Daniel RicciardoFifteenth.

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