Formula One returns this weekend with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Who will take the chequered flag in Imola?
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Tips & Predictions
Defending champion Max Verstappen finds himself down in sixth position on the drivers’ standings – and let’s be honest – he doesn’t want to be that low down.
He has won one race this season and he knows he needs to improve if he is going to be fighting it out for the title again.
Charles Leclerc is top of the standings with 71 points with Mercedes driver George Russell 34 points behind in second place.
Verstappen likes the Emilia Romagna track. He won the Grand Prix at Imola last year as he finished 22 seconds clear of rival Lewis Hamilton.
I know the car is different in 2022 and he is struggling to get used to it, but I just think when you know a track like the back of your hand then you are in a good place.
I am backing the Red Bull driver to stand tall on the podium, but he will be pushed all the way by the Ferrari duo of Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Leclerc is a man possessed this year with two victories. It will take a good man to beat him, and thankfully for Red Bull, Verstappen is a good man and I think he will take the flag in a thrilling race.
Sainz Jr has just been rewarded with a new contract at Ferrari. He will remain with the Prancing Horse until 2022, and I am backing him to celebrate that news with a place on the podium.
I have backed Verstappen to win the race, but I am going for the champion, Leclerc and Sainz Jr to all finish on the podium.
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