Verstappen ‘broken’ by Imola as Norris pinpoints four holes behind race loss – RacingNews365

Verstappen resorts to painkillers after being left 'broken' by a brutal Imola attack

Max Verstappen has admitted he was left “broken” after his latest Formula 1 win left him needing painkillers.

From a self-proclaimed “bad day” on Friday when Verstappen became frustrated with his surprisingly sub-par RB20 before the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, the three-time Formula 1 champion went on to claim pole position and the 59th win of his career.

READ MORE: Verstappen turns to painkillers after Imola leaves him 'broken'.

Norris: The 'four holes' that cost the McLaren Imola driver his win

Lando Norris has revealed that had he had the opportunity to retake the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in a bid to secure victory he would have made a major adjustment to the front wing after McLaren misjudged the weather.

Norris came 0.725 seconds away from defeating Max Verstappen and recording what would have been two successive victories following his stunning success in Miami two weeks ago, finally ending his long wait for a Formula One win.

Read more: Norris: The 'four holes' that cost the McLaren Imola driver his win

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Ferrari strengthens its ability to compete for the title despite the Imola result

Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur has hinted at the possibility of a title challenge this season following his podium finish at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

While Max Verstappen claimed his fifth race win of the season, the Dutchman was pushed to the finish line by McLaren's Lando Norris.

Read more: Ferrari strengthens its potential to compete for the title despite the Imola result

The former F1 driver expects an unusual career move for Verstappen

Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok believes Max Verstappen will step away from the championship at the end of the 2025 season to take a sabbatical.

The former HRT and Lotus driver feels that by taking a year out in 2026, the Dutchman will be well placed to assess who has adapted best to the completely new regulations introduced that season.

Read more: Ex-F1 driver expects unusual career move for Verstappen

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Vettel responds to speculation about a return to Formula One

Sebastian Vettel has spoken about the possibility of returning to Formula One full-time after taking part in a test lap at Imola to honor the memory of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger.

The 36-year-old retired at the end of the 2022 season, having won four drivers' titles and 53 grands prix in 299 race starts. The German driver, a veteran of the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and Aston Martin, made his Formula 1 debut in 2007.

Read more: Vettel responds to speculation about Formula 1 return

Wolff explains why it was a 'good thing' for Russell to win at Red Bull

Toto Wolff has revealed the reason behind Mercedes' decision to make another pit stop for George Russell during the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

Russell was the first of the leading drivers to pit on lap 21, taking to the hard tyres, but surprisingly they pitted again on lap 52 of 63 to change to medium rubber.

Read more: Wolff explains why Russell won against Red Bull


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