Autosport (UK)

A tougher test for Verstappen with more yet to come?

- Kevin Turner Chief Editor kevin.turner@autosport.com

It wasn’t a classic, at least not for the first hour. But if a race can be judged on the finish, then the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was one of the better Formula 1 events of 2024 so far.

As Jake Boxall-legge shows in our report (p14), a combinatio­n of Red Bull getting its sums slightly wrong on the hard tyre, Mclaren’s new-found pace, and some fine work by Lando Norris made the final stages at Imola tense. Yes, Max Verstappen won again, but this time he really had to work for it. Given the team’s struggles last Friday and Sergio Perez’s performanc­e, was this one of Verstappen’s better wins?

The upgraded Ferrari SF-24 (see p25) also wasn’t too far behind. The next stop is Monaco, where home hero Charles Leclerc has previously scored two superb poles but not had the luck. It’s a race that can throw up strange events and results, so hopefully Ferrari and Mclaren can challenge Verstappen again this weekend.

It’s been a long time since Williams has featured at the front and it remains point-less in 2024. Neverthele­ss, work continues apace behind the scenes, as team boss James Vowles explains on p36.

This Sunday is one of the biggest in the motorsport year because, after the Monaco GP, the 108th running of the Indianapol­is 500 will take place. Despite all its recent controvers­y, Penske qualified 1-2-3 (p4) and there are plenty of other storylines to look out for.

Joey Barnes is your guide to America’s greatest race on p42.

Look out for our extensive reports on the Monaco GP and Indy 500, as well as British Touring Cars and Formula E, in next week’s issue.

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