F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Verstappen wins and LAPS Hamilton, Sainz OUT in Ferrari nightmare

MAX VERSTAPPEN has WON today's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – opening up a 27 POINT lead over Charles Leclerc.

The Dutchman was victorious by some distance in the end in a Red Bull one-two alongside team-mate Sergio Perez.

But it was a painful race for Lewis Hamilton, who finished back in 14 place in Imola.

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    Max Verstappen wins the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix!

    Christian Horner says on the radio: "Well done Max! Great job!"

    A Red Bull one-two and Englishman Lando Norris on the podium.

    1 Vertsappen

    2 Perez

    3 Norris

    Credit: Getty
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    Last lap

    15 second advantage for Max Vertsappen!

    Bottos tries to overtake Russell but he stays fourth.

    Leclerc in sixth.

    Hamilton in 14th!

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    Top 10 from Imola

    1 Vertsappen

    2 Perez

    3 Norris

    4 Russell

    5 Bottas

    6 Tsunoda

    7 Leclerc

    8 Vettel

    9 Magnussen

    10 Stroll

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    Leclerc now chasing

    Three laps to go and light rain could be on it's way.

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    LECLERC SPINS OUT

    Leclerc spins out.

    He'd changed to soft tyres, eyeing an extra point for the fastest lap.

    The 24-year-old bounced over the chicane and off onto the gravel.

    He makes it back on the track, but can't turn left!

    The Ferrari is now back in the pits.

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    Tsunoda into eighth

    The Japanese driver takes it past Kevin Magnussen.

    The AlphaTauri man is up to eighth.

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    Top 10 from Imola

    1 Vertsappen

    2 Perez

    3 Leclerc

    4 Norris

    5 Russell

    6 Bottas

    7 Vettel

    8 Magnussen

    9 Tsunoda

    10 Stroll

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    DRS enabled

    Over the half way mark in the race now and DRS has been enabled.

    Sir Lewis is chasing a points finish.

    Whilst the Red Bull guys stay first and second – Verstappen and Perez respectively.

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    Sir Lewis out the points again

    Lewis Hamilton in 14th place coming up to the half way point in the race.

    Credit: AP
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    Top five from Imola

    1 Vertsappen

    2 Perez

    3 Leclerc

    4 Norris

    5 Russell

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    Leclerc drops back in third

    Leclerc slides into second after the pit stops…

    BUT Perez takes Leclerc to move back into second.

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    Perez pulls in

    Sergio Perez comes in to pit to move onto the dry tyres.

    Vertsappen stays out.

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    Bottas up to sixth

    Valtteri Bottas overtakes Magnussen…

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    Max still leading

    Verstappen has been on the intermediate tyres since the start.

    Our leader has radioed in to say that he's slipping.

    He's just over six seconds in front.

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    Top five from Imola

    1 Vertsappen

    2 Perez

    3 Leclerc

    4 Norris

    5 Russell

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    Sainz is in the gravel! He is OUT

    Disaster for Ferrari on the opening lap. Sainz is tagged by Ricciardo and sent into a spin that lands him in the gravel.

    His Ferrari is send backwards into the stones and he is stuck. The race steward deploys the safety car.

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    Go Go Go…..spray sent fling into the sky.

    A fantastic start for Norris who is up to third.

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    Here we go…formational lap done

    Clouds of red smoke from the flares from all the Ferrari fans…

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    Unusual for Hamilton on the gird

    Aside from being wayyyyy down in 14th, he spent a considerable amount of talking to his chief engineer upon leaving his car.

    Normally, he's out of the car and shoots off, but this time he had plenty to say.

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    Just back from the grid

    It is damp, but not raining, so likely that all drivers will start on intermediate tyres.

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    The tension heightens

    The Italian national anthem is played as the drivers stand together.

    The atmosphere is building here in Imola.

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    Horner wants to stay in front

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner spoke to Sky Sports ahead of the race.

    He said: "We've got to go with the track, not make mistakes, and stay in front of Ferrari."

    We've got to go with the track, not make mistakes, and stay in front of Ferrari.

    Christian Horner

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    Top of the lot

    Here's the starting 10 out on the grid today in Imola.

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    'The start is important', says Verstappen

    Mad Max starts the race in pole position.

    And the champ has spoken to Sky Sports about the wet conditions ahead of this afternoon's extravaganza.

    He said: "I don't think we expected this much rain.

    It's going to be really interesting.

    "It'll make it more exciting."

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    Update on conditions

    The rain is clearing at Imola and forecasts show that it should stop falling shortly.

    There is still a lot of standing water out on the track however.

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