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Backmarker botch leaves Hamilton in the gravel

Sir Lewis Hamilton was chasing Max Verstappen through the traffic for P1 in Imola, but a rare error left him sliding into the gravel. Early rain had left parts of the Imola circuit very wet, while at other points the tarmac was almost bone dry. But as the race progressed and the clouds cleared, it was leader Verstappen who blinked first to fit the slick tyres, with Hamilton following a lap later. The gap between the pair had swayed between two and four seconds as they picked their way through the traffic, but at this point came an uncharacteristic error from Hamilton who slid wide and into the gravel trap as he tried to lap George Russell at Tosa. After backing up the W12 slightly,...
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