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Formula 1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix 2024

Verstappen endures terrible Friday as Hamilton criticised - RacingNews365 Review

Check out the biggest stories from Friday 17th May - the first day of on-track running from Imola - with the RacingNews365 Review!

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Verstappen's terrible day

Friday at Imola was probably Max Verstappen's worst day in a Red Bull for a while, as he struggled his way to fifth and seventh place in the two sessions. 

Battling a lack of grip in the RB20, the world champion suffering multiple offs and trips through the gravel, and labelled the day as one that could not get "any worse."

Join RacingNews365's Nick Golding and Ian Parkes as they dissect the Dutchman's Imola blues.

WATCH: Verstappen Horror Show, Can Red Bull Recover? | F1 Update

Leclerc's dream start

On the flip-side, it was a dream start for Charles Leclerc, as he topped both sessions at Ferrari's home track. 

The Scuderia is sporting a sizeable upgrade package at Imola, but despite the encouraging pace, Leclerc has warned the team not to get carried away just yet.

READ MORE: Leclerc urges Ferrari caution despite dream Imola start

Hamilton's criticism

It was also a good day on-track for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, with the seven-time champion an encouraging fourth in FP2.

However, he drew some criticism from fellow world champions Verstappen and Fernando Alonso - for which he later apologised to Verstappen. 

READ MORE: Hamilton's good day met with Alonso and Verstappen critcism after Imola practice

You get an upgrade!

Imola is the first European race of the season, and so most of the teams have gone full Whoopi Goldberg and everyone is getting an upgrade. 

We've made a handy guide below to all the important new parts teams have brought to Italy.

READ MORE: Crucial range of F1 upgrades unveiled at Imola

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