Over 130,000 Ferrari fans spectators colored the Enzo and Dino Ferrari racetrack in Imola mainly red during the weekend of the Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Unfortunately for the public, Ferrari stumbled on the first Sunday without a podium in the 2022 Formula 1 season, with Charles Leclerc who spun in the final stages of the race at the Variante Alta which cost him three positions, while Carlos Sainz had to retire on the first lap after being hit by Daniel Ricciardo, without the possibility of getting out of the gravel to continue the race.
In an interview for Italian free-to-air television channel Rai Due, Imola native and Formula 1 CEO of Liberty Media Stefano Domenicali, was asked about some of the most important aspects that are thrilling Formula 1 fans:
Interest in F1
“There is a great deal of interest and a great passion for Formula 1. Another determining factor of this success is our ability to capture languages around the world and on social media”.
The challenge between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen
“Max Verstappen is a champion, he proved it in his stubbornness up to the last corner of last year and he proved it in previous years as well. He is maturing as a driver and as racing attitude, he knows how to manage the car and when he has to attack. He is a champion, as is Charles Leclerc and so are many others. The beauty of Formula 1 in recent years is certainly the presence of talented drivers”.
Lewis Hamilton’s difficulties at the 2022 Emilia Romagna GP in Imola
“In the first phase there was a dry and a wet line, so it was difficult to overtake because the risks could be many. When you are so far behind you find it hard to recover ”.
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The difficult moment for Carlos Sainz
“Carlos is certainly another very talented driver, unfortunately Daniel Ricciardo touched him on a slippery track. These, however, are episodes that if you do not know how to manage well, you enter into psychological difficulties that you do not have to face. He has renewed his contract for another two years, so the guarantees are there, he just has to rest assured and he will certainly achieve excellent results “.
Ferrari does not confirm in Imola
“Ferrari’s last victory in Imola dates back to 2006: Imola in those years was a unique place, then it was Michael Schumacher’s last year in Ferrari. It was an extraordinary victory, rightly celebrated with the team: Michael is always very present in the hearts of Ferrari fans, you can see it from the many posters we saw at the track ”.