F1 Imola GP 2024 LIVE: Third practice results and qualifying start time and schedule after Fernando Alonso crash

Lando Norris returns to McLaren HQ after Miami Grand Prix triumph

Formula 1 returns to Europe for the first time this season as the iconic Imola circuit hosts the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend.

Lando Norris claimed a stunning win – his first in F1 – last time out in Miami, beating Max Verstappen after a perfectly timed safety car and securing McLaren’s first win since September 2021.

Nonetheless, Verstappen still has a healthy 33-point lead in the drivers’ championship to Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in third following another podium in Miami.

There’s work to do for Lewis Hamilton, though, who is enduring his worst-ever start to an F1 season, currently languishing down in ninth. Last year’s race at Imola was cancelled due to heavy flooding in the region, while Verstappen triumphed in 2022 and 2021.

Follow latest updates from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with The Independent

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Lewis Hamilton:

“The car is riding high.”

Concern for Hamilton – he’s currently P9 with 20 minutes to go.

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 12:11

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Green flag!

Alonso’s Aston Martin has been recovered and removed from the gravel and third practice resumes at Imola!

28 minutes left of the session.

Top-10 as it stands: Sainz, Leclerc, Verstappen, Norris, PPerez, Magnussen, Bottas, Russell, Alonso, Albon

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 12:04

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Fernando Alonso:

“Sorry mate. Yes all good!”

A simple mistake from the Spaniard, as the car snapped and spun into the wall!

On second viewing, not as massive a shunt as it looked!

But still, Alonso has given his Aston Martin mechanics a headache to get that car ready for qualifying!

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 11:58

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Fernando Alonso with a big crash!

Wow, did not expect that!

Alonso’s Aston Martin has smashed into the wall! He’s out the car and is all OK, but it looks a heavy impact!

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 11:56

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Carlos Sainz beats his team-mate!

Sainz – who was in Leclerc’s shadow yesterday – goes fastest with a 1:16:067, 0.020 secs quicker than his team-mate!

The Merc boys now out there – Russell sixth-fastest but Hamilton down in 13th after this first soft-tyre run.

Just under 40 minutes to go…

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 11:53

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Charles Leclerc quickest after 15 minutes

Around half the cars still in the pits – including both Mercedes men – but Ferrari Red Bull and Aston Martin are all out there.

Charles Leclerc quickest with a 1:16:201 on soft tyres, 0.190 secs quicker than Max Verstappen who was on the medium.

Sergio Perez is two-tenths further back in third – also on mediums – with Carlos Sainz in fourth – 1.1 seconds behind his team-mate!

5-10: Stroll, Ocon, Alonso, Norris, Piastri

A lot of cars on very different tyre run plans so far…

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 11:46

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FP3 underway!

The Ferraris and the Red Bulls the initial cars out on track as we get going with this final practice session!

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 11:41

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FP3 coming right up!

Much like yesterday, it’s sunny in the Emilia Romagna region but a tad windy ahead of third practice this morning!

Can Max Verstappen and Red Bull respond after a disappointing day on Friday – or can Ferrari and Charles Leclerc maintain their advantage?

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 11:25

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Max Verstappen fumes at Lewis Hamilton after obstruction: ‘My god!’

A furious Max Verstappen deliberately drove in front of Lewis Hamilton as the one-time rivals clashed in practice for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Verstappen, who was aggrieved that Hamilton had obstructed him on a flying lap, launched his Red Bull into the Mercedes driver’s path here in Imola.

Although Verstappen made sure to avoid making any contact with Hamilton’s machine, the championship leader slowed down to make his feelings clear by taking his left hand off the steering wheel and gesticulating in Hamilton’s direction.

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 11:21

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Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen et al arrive at Imola!

Kieran Jackson18 May 2024 11:15


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