World champion Max Verstappen triumphed at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, while Ferrari suffered a disaster at their home race in Imola. The international press …


Gazzetta dello Sport: “Black weekend for Ferrari. Leclerc, you win the championship by avoiding certain mistakes! The Monegasque chases second place, takes on too much and fails in front of the fans. Hamilton suffers a severe humiliation, he is unrecognisable.”

Corriere dello Sport: “Serious disappointment for Ferrari. The weekend in Imola could not have ended worse. Mistakes, bad luck and negative circumstances in front of 100,000 disappointed fans. Imola testifies once again that in this World Championship even the smallest details count.”

Tuttosport: “Bitter weekend for Ferrari. Too many things not working: the start, the second pilot, the pit stops. Embarrassment for team boss Binotto, who had hoped for a better performance in front of the Tifosi. Now it’s time to work for the restart.”

Corriere della Sera: “Imola is turning into a nightmare for Leclerc. A terrible week that started with the theft of his luxury watch in Viareggio comes to an end with a crash. Leclerc takes on too much and fails. Verstappen is crowned Emperor Imola at Ferrari’s home track.”

Repubblica: “Sunday bloody Sunday. The Ferrari team emerges injured from its home race at Imola, where Red Bull dominate with a one-two. Leclerc, who blames himself for a serious mistake, collapses.”

NETHERLANDS “Leclerc’s mistakes take Verstappen further in the title fight. The Dutchman was in a class of his own at Imola, a weekend full of wins. It was a gigantic blow against his biggest rival.”

De Telegraaf: “Verstappen and Red Bull give Ferrari a right hook. The Dutchman drives a perfect race and the Scuderia’s dramatic afternoon provides an extra boost.”


Guardian: “If willpower were enough, the Tifosi would have carried Charles Leclerc to victory at Imola. But they were powerless against the unstoppable strength of Max Verstappen and Red Bull. Instead, the roar of the fans fell silent as Leclerc made a huge mistake that halved his lead in the world championship standings and revived the title fight.”

Telegraph: “This was not how Ferrari had envisaged their home race. Imola brought some warning signs. The late spin was a worrying indication that Charles Leclerc may still lack patience, or be vulnerable to pressure.”

Daily Mail:
“For ageing athletes, the danger is that time marches on and their powers suddenly disappear. That may not yet be true of Lewis Hamilton, even after the most terrifying performance of a career in which he has reached for the stars, a helpless 13th place. His resilience, fighting spirit and need to prove his critics wrong could still carry him to new heights. Still, it is now hard to believe that the Briton will ever be able to claim an eighth world title.”


L’Equipe: “The Grand Prix at Imola is costing Ferrari dearly. Charles Leclerc makes his first mistake of the season, Carlos Sainz doesn’t even manage a lap. The Scuderia’s party is ruined, the atmosphere is no longer festive.”


Marca: “Walkover for Verstappen and Perez, huge drama for Leclerc. A debacle on a black day for Ferrari. The tifosi fall silent. Lewis Hamilton showed himself unmotivated and as you have never seen him. Hamilton’s image and prestige suffered big scratches. The lapping by Verstappen will bring nightmares.”

As: “Downfall of the Ferraris. This is as bad as it gets. Verstappen is in world championship mode. Leclerc’s cockiness led to the spin.”

Sport: “Showcase by Verstappen, Leclerc and Ferrari go down without a sound. There was little of the F1-75’s theoretical superiority to be seen this time. Serious, unforgivable driving mistake by Leclerc. Lewis Hamilton seems to have already resigned, the lapping by Verstappen is one of the darkest moments of his career.”

El Mundo Deportivo: “Max bites hard, Red Bull reacts in world championship style. Everything went wrong at Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton goes down the drain.”