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Formula 1 Emilia Romagna GP
Opinion

Why F1's artificial racing tools are to blame for Imola race snoozefest

OPINION: The 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was a tedious affair to watch for much of its race. Lando Norris’s late charge up to Max Verstappen made things a tad more interesting, but decisions on critical racing elements reduced the spectacle last Sunday

Yes, the coda was excellent.

Lando Norris flinging his McLaren, Max Verstappen wrestling his Red Bull – all around a brilliantly brutal track. But if bad tonic makes up 90% of your G&T, it’s going to leave an overly bitter taste. And that was Formula 1’s 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Imola’s meandering main straight meant Norris’s position on the front row left him vulnerable to the polesitter chopping across, with Verstappen angling his RB20 to do exactly that. Norris launched better, but Red Bull’s mid- to-late-2023 efforts on improving its starting procedure meant Verstappen had enough momentum to stay enough ahead and any prospect of a 2021-style Tamburello tussle was lost.

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