In The Driver's Seat: Still too early to say Red Bull car is faster than the Ferrari

Red Bull's Max Verstappen (left) and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc during the sprint race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. PHOTO: REUTERS
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IMOLA, ITALY - When Charles Leclerc was narrowly beaten by Max Verstappen in Saturday's sprint race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, things at Imola still looked rosy for Ferrari.

Yes, Formula One’s world championship leader had been beaten to pole position for the event - the first of the three to be staged this season - but he swept comfortably into the lead at the start and stayed there until his right front tyre began graining and losing its edge.

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