Max Verstappen levelled the victory tally with Lewis Hamilton at one race apiece, but the Briton didn’t take his loss lying down in his charge to second.

Episode 33 presented by Gulf Oil features Imola Grand Prix podium finisher Lando Norris, who joins us to discuss McLaren’s new fight at the front of the grid, reminisce on his 2019 F1® debut in Australia, talk about his connection to the fans through streaming, and test his knowledge of new teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Featuring The Race’s Edd Straw. Max Verstappen dominates in Imola, but Lewis Hamilton fights back from ninth to second to keep himself at the top of the title table. What made the difference between these two title-contending cars?

Host & editor, Strategy Report, Michael Lamonato joined Sports Breakfast to chat a big week of F1.

Max Verstappen dominates Imola, Italy dominates the national anthem world championship and George Russell dominates the paint.

Max Verstappen raises his arms in triumph.

Max Verstappen survived deluge and debris to claim his first win of the season in his championship battle with Lewis Hamilton.

Max Verstappen won a manic wet race in Imola in which pole winner Lewis Hamilton recovered from a lap down to finish on the podium, while Valtteri Bottas and George Russell emerged unscathed from a high-speed crash at Tamburello.

The Dutchman was close to flawless in depriving Hamilton of the lead on the first lap and controlling the race thereafter, dominating the field to claim a comfortable 22-second victory.

Hamilton, on the other hand, lost touch with the lead through a rare clumsy mistake in the damp on slick tires, running through the gravel and plummeting down the order, but a trademark charge through the field in the second half of the race brought the Briton back up to a commendable second place.

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Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen on track in Imola.

If qualifying at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix were further evidence of the fight between Mercedes and Red Bull Racing being posied on a knife edge, seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton proved that he could be the difference between success and failure.

Lewis Hamilton squeaked to pole position by less than half a tenth ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The Briton took his 99th pole despite failing to improve his first banker lap with his second attempt, leaving him vulnerable to Max Verstappen, who then was trailing by only 0.091s.

But the Dutchman found only 0.004s on his own second attempt. Instead Perez was the biggest gainer, finding almost a quarter of a second to come within a minuscule 0.035s of Hamilton’s still-standing benchmark.

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Max Verstappen reasserted Red Bull Racing’s qualifying credentials with a dominant one-lap display in Saturday morning practice for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Verstappen had several laps deleted for exceeding track limits before setting a flying lap on fresh soft tires late in the hour and logging an unbeatable time of 1m14.982s, almost half a second quicker than anyone else.

But the competitive picture ahead of qualifying remains uncertain, with Lewis Hamilton the quickest Mercedes in third and 0.557s off the pace, the front-running pair separated unexpectedly by McLaren’s Lando Norris after a late flier of his own.

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Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes leaps over some kerbs

Lewis Hamilton has snatched his 99th F1 pole position from Sergio Perez in a nailbiting qualifying hour at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas completed a Friday clean sweep by topping second practice at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after Max Verstappen retired from the session with a drive problem.

The Finn set his quickest time of 1m15.551s on the medium compound early in the session, and though he undertook a subsequent three-lap qualifying simulation with the grippiest soft tire, he was unable to improve.

He was followed closely by teammate Lewis Hamilton, who was able to fractionally improve on his medium-tire time with the softs, though only enough to close to within 0.01s.

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Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheet for Mercedes in a crash-strewn first practice session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.

Just 0.041s separated the teammates, with Max Verstappen just 0.017s further back in third, at the end of the one-hour session, which was disrupted by two red-flag suspensions to clean up three crashed cars.

The first came at the 38-minute mark when Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon came together entering the Villeneuve chicane.

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Sebastian Vettel looks on while wearing a mask
Sebastian Vettel chose Aston Martin to begin a new chapter for his F1 career, but so far worrying signs of the old Seb remain.

I preview the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with last year’s podcast guest Ted Kravtiz.

Featuring Rodney Gordon from Superlicence F1 Podcast. Toto Wolff steals Lewis Hamilton’s vegetables. We help you cheat at Formula McGinley. Rodney makes some low blows unrelated to Manscaped.