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Paul di Resta

Di Resta: Think where Hamilton's championship would be without Imola red flag

Although Lewis Hamilton entered the Monaco GP as championship leader, it's Max Verstappen who leaves atop the standings. Paul Di Resta believes the championship would look very different if the Brit hadn't been able to recover in Imola.

Hamilton Verstappen rain Imola
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Paul Di Resta thinks the World Championship could have been getting away from Mercedes, had Lewis Hamilton not been fortunate to recover ground in Imola after sliding off the track.

The Brit finished second at Imola, a lucky recovery after the red flags allowed him to unlap himself after sliding off and hitting the barriers while trying to chase down Max Verstappen.

The red flags came out after a crash between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell, meaning Hamilton was able to reset and recover back to minimise the damage from his error. He scored 19 points, on a day where it could easily have been a single digit score.

"Where this championship could have been if Hamilton hadn't been lucky with that race in Imola when it was red flagged when he had that off, and then to fight back," Di Resta pondered on Sky Sports F1.

"But change the championship around, absolutely great battle, but hopefully that'll give Max a little bit more confidence in Red Bull, eager just to push on because this championship is not over for a very long time."

The former Force India F1 driver turned Sky F1 pundit then said that the Monaco result could spur Red Bull on further, with title rivals Mercedes having a nightmare weekend on the streets of Monte Carlo.

"Mercedes have had a disaster and then, more importantly, they've lost the Constructors' Championship lead and that was very much a team effort," said Di Resta.

"I just love where this championship is going and, ultimately Red Bull, came into this race as favorites. They've delivered. They had the fastest car, unfortunately they didn't line up on pole position because Charles Leclerc stole the thunder.

"But you know they'll go away from here very happy and I think they'll be delighted with this result and it would just carry them and pick them up."

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