F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2024 – Highlights and Reaction

Follow all the action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers line up at Imola for the 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix


Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com F1 live blog for the 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, coming to you from the paddock at Imola as the 2024 Formula 1 season continues on into Europe for the summer.

Max Verstappen starts on pole position for the eighth time in a row, equalling a record set by Ayrton Senna, though he needed the help of Haas driver Nico Hulkenburg to do so. And with overtaking being extremely difficult at Imola, strategy is likely to play a massive part in the race as Lando Norris lines up second in the McLaren.

Imola, with its 4.909-kilometer track length, is renowned for its high-speed straights, technical corners, and unforgiving chicanes. The circuit features 19 corners, each presenting a unique challenge, from the fast-flowing Variante Tamburello to the tight and twisty Acque Minerali, especially given the unique anti-clockwise direction of the track.

The 2024 Emilia Romagna is scheduled to start at 15:00 local time in Imola, with all eyes on Ferrari and McLaren who were fastest in all the practice sessions. So stay tuned as we bring you real-time updates, insights, and analysis from Imola, covering all the action as it unfolds. Join us for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP at the historic Imola circuit!

F1 Emilia Romagna GP 2024 at Imola: Latest News and Updates

That’s the first time Verstappen’s been pushed like that for a while, so how does he feel?

“The whole race I had to push flat out to try and make a gap initially,” Verstappen told media, victoriously.ย “On the medium tyres we were quite strong. On the hard tyres it was more difficult to manage, especially the last 10 to 15 laps.ย 

“I had no grip anymore. I was sliding a lot. I saw Lando closing in. The last 10 laps were flat out. It’s difficult when the tyres were not working anymore and you have to go flat out. I couldn’t afford to make too many mistakes.

“Luckily we didn’t. I’m super happy to win here today.”

Lando Norris’ thoughts on narrowly missing out on the win?

Norris was beaten to the line by less than a second by Verstappen, after coming on really strongly in the latter part of the race so how did he feel about it? Was it a missed oppourtunity?

“It hurts me to say,” Norris told media in parc ferme. “But one or two more laps I think I would have had him.

“Tough. A shame. I fought hard right until the very last lap but just lost out a little bit too much to Max in the beginning, he was much better in the first stint. In the second stint we were stronger. 

“It was a tough first half and a much better second half and one or two more laps and it would have been beautiful, but just not today.”

Charles Leclerc reacts to his third-place finish in Imola

“Of course, I’m only very happy when I win,” Leclerc told media after the race, reflecting on finishing third. “We were fast at the beginning of the stint on the hard.

“I tried to push to put some pressure on Lando but later on they were incredibly quick. All in all, the race pace was quite strong. We lacked pace in Qualifying.

“After looking, we missed out on the first straight. On the rest of the lap we were quick, so it’s looking good for the rest of the season.

“It’s incredible to be on the podium with all the Tifosi here in Imola.”

Lando Norris left thinking about what might have been in Imola…

“Unlucky! Almost…” Norris said over the radio at the end. “We lost too much in the beginning.

“Another amazing weekend, well done everyone. A lot of points, another trophy. Let’s keep it up. One or two more laps. That’s all I needed. It’s frustrating not to win. Feels more painful!”


Max Verstappen and Lando Norris take a bow! What a show for those final 10 laps! Verstappen had the race under control for so long before he and his Red Bull began to bleed time in the dying embers!

It was consistency that won out as Norris’s McLaren made a few mistakes allowing Verstappen to sprint to the line less than a second ahead of his friend, who beat him last time out in Miami!

Norris will be disappointed, despite the bravado he will put on. That win was there for him.

FINAL LAP: Will Norris beat Verstappen?

There is less than one second between them with one lap to go at Imola!

Lando Norris is almost within DRS with one lap to go!

LAP 60/63: Verstappen appears to be just holding on

His consistency is his greatest skill and Verstappen hasn’t put a foot wrong so far, and that might just keep him ahead of Lando Norris who made a mistake a couple of laps ago although the McLaren is still right there! 1.4 behind!


He is so so so close to DRS! Will Lando Norris get his second career win?!

LAP 57/63: This is building up to a crescendo!

LAP 54/63: Verstappen’s bleeding lap time!

Lando Norris is now 2.6 seconds behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen as he’s fighting tooth and nail for the win! Are we going to get some on-track action before the time runs out?

LAP 51/63: GP and Verstappen have a little fight

Verstappen’s engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase, comes onto the radio to tell him where he’s losing time to Lando Norris (Turns 2 and 6) and Verstappen quickly fires back that his tyres are completely dead!

This might get spicy!

LAP 49/63: Verstappen continues to lead

We’ve not heard that much about him really but Max Verstappen continues to have this race under control as he maintains a 5.3 second gap to Lando Norris in second.

It’s unclear if he’s trying to kick on and Norris is just matching him, or if it’s the other way around and he’s simply controlling his lead. Either way, we should keep an eye on that.

LAP 48/63: Big mistake by Leclerc!

Charles Leclerc’s now two seconds behind after being forced to cut the final chicane in his pursuit of Lando Norris! That’s probably his chances of the podium gone now in all fairness.

Lance Stroll into the points!

On his 150th GP start, Lance Stroll celebrates with a very nice move around the outside of Nico Hulkenberg into Turn 1 to promote himself to 10th place, three seconds behind Yuki Tsunoda…

Will Leclerc deliver home a small win for the Tifosi?

LAP 42/63: Leclerc gaining on Norris fast

Charles Leclerc is hustling that Ferrari big time today and he’s now onto the gearbox of Lando Norris as they close up on Kevin Magnussen’s fight with Zhou Guanyu.

Could that give Leclerc the extra few tenths he needs to get more DRS?

LAP 39/63: Pit-stops over, here’s the Top 10:

Max Verstappen comfortably leads from Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc.

4. Oscar Piastri

5. Carlos Sainz

6. George Russell

7. Lewis Hamilton

8. Yuki Tsunoda

9. Nico Hulkenberg

10. Sergio Perez

LAP 38/63: Perez finally pits

Sergio Perez did a mammoth stint on those hards but now he can finally swap them for new tyres and he’s out on the mediums as he comes out into 11th place. He should be fast in these final 25 laps.

LAP 37/63: Perez fighting Hamilton

Despite being out of position, on dead rubber and with the Mercedes’ pass being inevitable, Sergio Perez is in no mind to allow Hamilton past as he blocks him off throughout the entire lap.

Hamilton gets the job done the next time around with the use of DRS into Turn 1.

LAP 35/63: Are Haas up to underhanded tactics again?

Kevin Magnussen is yet to stop and he’s three seconds ahead of the RB of Yuki Tsunoda, who has Nico Hulkenberg just behind him. Will the Haas’s pace suddenly drop off through the corners?

What a coincidence that would be…

LAP 32/63: McLaren have turned this race around

Oscar Piastri still has the fastest lap and he’s got blistering pace as he’s fighting Charles Leclerc to make it a double-McLaren podium!

LAP 30/63: The order after the stops…

Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris by 6.3 seconds.

Norris himself is 3.3 seconds ahead of Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc leads Oscar Piastri by 1.1 seconds, that’s one to watch.

And Carlos Sainz is cut off, 6.3 seconds behind Piastri and his teammate.

A rare mistake by Hamilton

The Mercedes is pushing but he makes a crucial error at Acque Minerali and locks up, going straight into the gravel. It’s been happening to drivers all weekend but that was the worst time for Hamilton to do that. He’s now 10s behind Sainz and 8s behind Russell.

LAP 27/63: Oscar Piastri is RAPID at the moment

The Australian has some serious speed today as he sticks an excellent move on Sergio Perez into the Variante Villeneuve and his pace has been so good that he overcuts Carlos Sainz!

That’s a net P4 for Piastri!

LAP 26/63: Charles Leclerc pits

Despite having an advantage when Norris was held up by Perez, Ferrari continued and then pitted a couple of laps later anyway. Confusing strategy at this circuit but we will see how it plays out…

LAP 25/63: Verstappen pits

The Dutchman comes out into the “true” lead of the race as he has a slick stop by Red Bull and pops on the hards to go to the end. He’s currently running in 4th but cars ahead have yet to stop.

Oscar Piastri also pitted a lap before and he’s out into 7th as he looks to overcut Carlos Sainz.

LAP 24/63: 10-second penalty for Alex Albon

Albon was driving around with a loose tyre and that’s not something that the FIA looks to kindly upon as he’s given a 10s penalty for the infraction. He’s a minute and 20 seconds behind 19th anyway so it’s not going to matter.

LAP 21-23/63: Pitstops triggered by Russell

Russell is in and then so is Lando Norris as McLaren decide it’s the right time to change their tyres but it’s not good for the McLaren as Norris comes out behind a slow Sergio Perez!

Advantage to Charles Leclerc!

LAP 18/63: Huge mistake by Perez

That’s a very costly error by Sergio Perez as he takes a trip into the gravel at Rivazza and now drops to 15 seconds behind the Mercedes, that’s pretty much his afternoon bid for the podium put to bed early.

It’s going to be a dreary race from now.

LAP 17/63: McLaren begin to give up on the win

They were hopeful but here McLaren doesn’t appear to have the edge. Will they still try to race Verstappen?

“This pace of Ferrari is better than many expected,” Ted Kravitz tells Sky Sports F1. “McLaren are thinking Charles Leclerc is who they will have to fight now rather than attacking Max Verstappen.”

LAP 15/63: Goodbye Max Verstappen

The world champion has checked out with a five-second lead after 15 laps translating into around 0.3 a lap faster than Norris, nobody should be getting close to him today.

LAP 14/63: Hulkenberg reacts but it’s not enough!

Nico Hulkenberg does pit in response to Yuki Tsunoda’s stop but it isn’t enough as the RB skips ahead of the Haas! That’s big for the constructors’ championship. Hulkenberg will now have to think about Ricciardo behind.

LAP 13/63: Tsunoda pits

Yuki Tsunoda quickly comes into the pits and comes back out a few seconds ahead of his teammate into the same pocket of free air that Ricciardo was placed into. It’s a good move from RB overall.

Will Hulkenberg respond?

LAP 12/63: Piastri/Sainz scrapping as Ricciardo pits

Daniel Ricciardo gets in and out of the pits in 2.7 seconds and into a nice pocket of free air on a set of new hards that will go to the end. He’s currently 17 seconds behind Logan Sargeant meaning he won’t see another car until someone else pits for now.

Meanwhile, Oscar Piastri has a look at the outside of Carlos Sainz before he backs out of it as the Ferrari cuts him off.

LAP 9/63: The first pit-stops happen!

Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly all dive into the pits before we even get into double digits lap-wise but it’s a disaster for Williams who haven’t fitted the tyre properly.

He’s trying to get back to the pits but he’s at a snail’s pace. Smart enough to jab the power to get through the chicane with the leaders close though. Great awareness from Albon.

LAP 8/63: Tough fight for second place

One mistake will heavily punish any of Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz or Oscar Piastri who are currently all in a Cold War/Mexican Standoff for second place. They need to get a move on because Sergio Perez isn’t a million miles away on the alternative strategy.

Piastri lacks enough DRS to get close to Sainz, although the Aussie’s sticking to him like glue through the corners.

Mercedes are slightly cut off, in no man’s land really.

LAP 6/63: Verstappen starts to drop the hammer

The Dutchman has now pulled two seconds clear of Lando Norris, who seems unable to match the pace of the Red Bull at the moment. Fortunately for McLaren, they’re holding Charles Leclerc at arm’s length too.

LAP 3/63: Norris keeping Verstappen honest

Max Verstappen’s current lead is just 1.1 seconds meaning the Dutchman needs to concentrate to ensure he doesn’t allow the McLaren to get a huge run on him into Turn 1.

Could this be another race where Red Bull can’t disappear into the distance?

A nice moment for Lance Stroll

Can he get points in his 150th race? He’s currently running in 13th behind Esteban Ocon.

LAP 1/63: Hamilton up to seventh

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg both clear the RB of Yuki Tsunoda promoting them to 7th and 8th, Hamilton’s now right behind his Mercedes teammate.

Sergio Perez, out in Q2 yesterday, is now up to 10th but he’s on the hard tyre. Could he copy Norris’s safety car gamble from last week?

LIGHTS OUT: Verstappen leads

All of the front four cars get off the line evenly so Max Verstappen holds the line into Turn 1 from Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc, who thought about a lunge on Norris before he backed out of it.

Verstappen leads by a second now.

All mediums for the top 10… Here are the tyres:

We are just MOMENTS away now!

Get live coverage of all the laps and post-race here with Total-Motorsport.com!

How does Oscar Piastri rate his chances today?

Piastri had outqualified Norris before he got a grid drop for impeding in qualifying. How does he rate his chances of recovery?

“It’s been a good weekend,” Piastri told Sky Sports F1. “The penalty wasn’t ideal but we can still work from there.

“It’s going to be an interesting race because I’m not sure who’s going to win!”

Like a London bus for Lando Norris… Can he win again?

Lando Norris took his first win last time out in Miami after waiting 110 races to do so, but can he collect his second in two weeks as he starts just behind Max Verstappen at Imola? McLaren are good here, and Norris won from sixth last week.

Your final grid for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP:

Max Verstappen took a surprise pole on a weekend when Red Bull seemed slower than McLaren and Ferrari, and at times Mercedes too, but the Dutchman stood tall and roared home to start from first.

Who will be behind him?

Emilia Romagna GP 2024 Potential Strategies

Pirelli introduces the softest trio of dry tyre compounds (C3, C4, and C5) at Imola for the first time, with the race typically requiring just one pit stop. The circuitโ€™s relatively abrasive asphalt and narrow layout, combined with a single DRS zone, make overtaking challenging in the race.

F1 tyre strategy options for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP | Pirelli
F1 tyre strategy options for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP | Pirelli

Where to Watch the F1 2024 Emilia Romagna GP

Sky Sports F1 remains the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the Emilia Romagna GP, including practice, qualifying, and the race itself. Meanwhile, F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action across ESPN.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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