F1 news 2020, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo, results, podium, Renault, McLaren, latest, gossip, rumours

Daniel Ricciardo secured yet another epic 2020 podium for Renault at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on the weekend but a number of pundits believe he may now be left with a “strange” feeling on his pre-season gamble to switch to McLaren.

The Aussie has landed two podiums in his last three races after benefitting most from former teammate Max Verstappen’s unlucky crash at Imola, while propelled him into the top three behind Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

That result put him into fourth in the driver standings and lifted Renault into third in the constructor standings in what has been a season of huge progress for both after a disappointing 2019.

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Lance Stroll, Sebastian Vettel, marshals near-miss, Imola, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo podium

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix made headlines with Mercedes taking out the constructors championship for a seventh straight time, while Aussies were thrilled to see Daniel Ricciardo again on the podium.

But social media has revealed a terrifying series of events late in the race that revealed an unnecessarily dangerous moment for the back markers.

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Ricciardo was sitting in fifth when Max Verstappen’s had a sudden rear tyre puncture, seeing the Aussies former Red Bull teammate crash out of the race.

It proved important for Ricciardo to snatch his second third-place finish in three weeks after Racing Point’s Sergio Perez inexplicably pitted.

The Verstappen crash also saw Williams’ George Russell crash while on the edge of his first F1 points finish while trying to keep the tyres warm behind the safety car.

It meant the safety car was out for some time and allowed the lapped back markers to unlap themselves.

However, while much of the attention was on what it meant for the front of the grid, the lapped cars were waved past the safety car to return to the back of the field, but the marshals were still on the track in very dangerous scenes, with Alfa Romeo pair Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi and Haas’ Romain Grosjean, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll all passing marshals on the track between turn 10 and 11.

Reddit user u/BlackGT86 shared videos of each of the incidents as well as sharing their confusion about why it was allowed to happen.

“I don‘t know why the FIA decided to do this, it makes no sense to allow the lapped cars to unlap themselves while marshals are still on track,” they wrote.

The Alfa Romeos were told to push with Raikkonen slowing right down when he saw the marshals.

Grosjean was warned about the marshals but when he drop past he said “It’s a bit dangerous to leave marshals on”.

Vettel was far from happy seeing the marshals on the track.

“Tell them to watch out, the marshals are on the track,” he said over team radio. “That is very very dangerous, tell the marshals to get out.”

But the final driver to go past was Stroll, who didn’t appear to slow down as he was told to push, flying past the marshals at near full speed.

The Reddit post calls Stroll’s “the most dangerous”, although all the drivers could be forgiven as lapped cars are usually only allowed to overtake when the marshals are off the track.

It was a horror day for Stroll whose race was essentially ruined on the first lap when he ruined his front wing in a bingle with Renault’s Esteban Ocon.

At the back of the pack until Red Bull’s Alexander Albon spun out late, Stroll also overshot his pit box, knocking his front jackman over.

It was a surprising incident but the pit crew member was reportedly alright with medic checking the unlucky mechanic who was “bruised” but conceded it was “nothing serious”.

Stroll said of the incident: “At the final pit stop, I had really cold brakes and that meant I overshot the pit box. I’m really glad to hear that my mechanic is OK – that’s the most important thing.”

Stroll has had a difficult week after the Portuguese Grand Prix with Max Verstappen erupting at him in practice and Lando Norris taking aim during the race when the pair had a crash.

Stroll copped a five second penalty at Portimao but retired from the race. Norris later apologised.

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Daniel Ricciardo shoey, podium, Lewis Hamilton, gross act, world reacts, Imola, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, results

When Daniel Ricciardo finished third at the Eifel Grand Prix to end Renault’s nine year wait for a podium, the Aussie superstar forgot one of the most important things he needed to do — the shoey.

He made up for it later with an Instagram post but it just wasn’t the same. He needed a do-over.

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Luckily, the Aussie F1 star didn’t have to wait too long to redeem himself, sealing his second third-placed finish in three races at Emilia Romagna Grand Prix podium at, coming third behind Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton (first) and Valtteri Bottas (second).

This time, there was no forgetting.

Having showered his rivals in champagne, Ricciardo whipped off his shoe and drained out some sweat.

But just before he was about to take his sweet drink from the cup of success, Hamilton stopped the Aussie for a sip of his own — from Ricciardo’s other shoe.

He wasn’t about to turn a six-time — nearly seven-time — world champion down.

Although Hamilton didn’t like his drink, shaking his head in disgust, it was a moment Ricciardo wasn’t about to miss.

“I think they’ll be dancing (in the streets across Australia) because I didn’t forget the shoey,” Ricciardo said in the paddock. “You know what, on that, I was about to drink a beautiful fresh one, and I heard Lewis say, ‘Take your other shoe off’. And I was like, ‘No’ because three years ago on the podium, he said, ‘I’ll never ever drink it, you can offer me, you can force me, I’ll never do it’.

“And he even asked for it today. Took me by surprise but 2020 is the year of the strange so it was good fun, very happy.”

And the world was happy to see both a shoey in the moment and a new partner in Hamilton to partake — even if the Brit’s reaction suggested he’d made a huge mistake.

“Toe jam!” Hamilton said when asked what his beverage tasted like. “It definitely didn’t taste great.

“I don’t like champagne as it is, but that definitely tasted worse.”

Ricciardo rode his luck throughout the day, starting in fifth and pushing into fourth straight off the line.

But a perfect pit from Racing Point’s Sergio Perez saw him push ahead of Ricciardo into fourth and drop the Aussie back into fifth, where it seemed like he would stay for the rest of the race.

F1 can throw up some curveballs though with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen losing a rear tyre and crashing out of the race from second, and Ricciardo then getting a boost when Perez pitted for soft tyres on the subsequent safety car — a major gamble that didn’t pay off.

Ricciardo zoomed into third and despite being pushed by AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat in the final five laps, held on for a famous podium.

Perez said missing the podium made it a “painful, painful day”.

Even Ricciardo was shocked by the move.

“I was honestly surprised that he boxed,” Ricciardo said. “He was quicker than us today and that’s the truth.

“I was like, ‘If he stays out, same car, same tyres, he should hold on to third’. Very surprised he boxed.

“The team asked how my tyres were, I said I was happy so I think that was enough for them to keep me out. I was more happy to go out swinging and if Perez passed me then that’s what we would have gone out anyway.

“Definitely the right call.”

But there won’t be a second tattoo for Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul, who was forced to get some ink after losing a bet with Ricciardo following the West Australian’s first podium for the team earlier this season.

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F1 2020, Imola Grand Prix, live: Daniel Ricciardo, start time, free stream, Emilia Romagna GP, grid, weather updates

F1 2020, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola (11.10pm AEDT) — Daniel Ricciardo will chase his second F1 podium of the season on Sunday after completing his “best qualifying lap” of the year.

Renault’s Ricciardo will start the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola from fifth on the grid after a strong performance during Saturday’s qualifying.

Mercedes has locked out the front row for the race — the first at Imola since 2006 — with Valtteri Bottas starting from pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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2020 Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix Live: News, updates, results, starting grid, Daniel Ricciardo, track limits

Italy’s Imola track is usually known as the home of Ferrari but Mercedes has had itself at home once again for the first Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The track was previously used for the 1980 Italian Grand Prix before being renamed to the San Marino Grand Prix between 1981 and 2006.

Daniel Ricciardo will start from fifth and will be looking to leapfrog Pierre Gasly.

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Row 1: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Row 2: Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

Row 3: Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) – Alexander Albon (Red Bull)

Row 4: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri)

Row 5: Lando Norris (McLaren) – Carlos Sainz (McLaren)

Row 6: Sergio Perez (Racing Point) – Esteban Ocon (Renault)

Row 7: George Russell (Williams) – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

Row 8: Lance Stroll (Racing Point) – Romain Grosjean (Haas)

Row 9: Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)

Row 10: Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)

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Vinales wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales has claimed his first win of the season in the Emilia Romagna MotoGP at Misano World Circuit.

The Spaniard previaled after race leader Francesco Bagnaia of Pramac Racing crashed with seven laps remaining.

Pole-sitter Vinales got off to a slow start but finished strongly to clock a time of 41 minutes, 55.846 seconds and beat compatriot Joan Mir of Suzuki by 2.425 seconds.

KTM rider Pol Espargaro was moved up to third to make it an all-Spanish podium when Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo was handed a three-second penalty for exceeding track limits.

Bagnaia was denied the chance to start at the head of the grid despite setting a record lap on Saturday as he exceeded track limits and the Italian hit the tarmac on lap 20 after losing control of his bike at turn six.

Seven-times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, who was chasing his 200th podium finish, crashed at turn four on the second lap in tricky conditions following earlier rain.

The first seven rounds of the COVID-19-hit season have produced six different winners, with Quartararo taking the opening two races in Jerez, Spain.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finished eighth to cling on to the world championship lead with 84 points, a point ahead of Quartararo and Vinales.

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Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is selling her Venice beach house

The final season may have divided the world, but it’ll be hard to find anything bad to say about the Game of Thrones’ star’s stunning houses.

Actress Emilia Clarke, aka Daenerys Targaryen, has put her oceanside retreat on the market, with an asking price of $6.87 million (US$4.995 million).

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The London-born TV star reportedly paid US$4.64 million for the modern-style property in the LA beach town of Venice in 2016.

However, she doesn’t appear to have spent a lot of time there over the past year or so, with the property being listed for rent, with the going rate to live in the Mother of Dragons’ nest listed at $25,000 per month.

Perhaps the 33-year-old’s busy shooting schedule — both for the end of the HBO epic series, and for her appearance in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”— may not have given her much downtime on the beach.

Built in 2009 and set behind a private gate, the remodelled home has been designed with privacy in mind — hidden from the road and neighbouring homes by a walled courtyard and mature trees.

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Te 265 sqm living space has two bedrooms across two storeys, and is close to trendy shops and restaurants, and within walking distance to the beach.

The living area features floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a fireplace. The open kitchen adjacent to the living area comes with custom wood cabinets, a marble backsplash, and large island with bar seating.

The floating staircase leads to two ensuite bedrooms including the main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and spa-style bathroom. The bedroom also boasts views of the pool and patio.

Other highlights of the home include a media room, 10m swimming pool, outdoor lounge space, and casual dining area.

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