Verstappen wins rainy, crash-filled Emilia Romagna GP
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Red Bull's Max Verstappen survived a slippery Emilia Romagna Grand Prix to pick up his first win of the 2021 season Sunday in Imola, Italy.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton, who dropped back to ninth after hitting a wall earlier in the race, and McLaren's Lando Norris rounded out the podium.

Verstappen's victory is the 11th of his Formula 1 career.

"It was very hard to stay on track, to be honest. I had a little moment with my restart. But everything else went really well today," the 23-year-old Dutchman said postrace.

Hamilton, meanwhile, was gracious in defeat.

"Congratulations to Max - he did a fantastic job today. Also to Lando - what an awesome job," the seven-time world champion said. "On my side, it was not the greatest of days - first time I made a mistake in a long time, but I'm grateful to have been able to bring the car home today."

The race was temporarily suspended at one point after a crash involving Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Williams' George Russell brought out a red flag:

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The next stop on the F1 season is the Portuguese Grand Prix on May 2.

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