The leader of the Formula 1 World Championship, the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), conquered Monza for the first time this Sunday and took the Italian Grand Prix ahead of the man on pole, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
The race, at 53 laps, ended with the safety car, without time to be restarted, after a mechanical problem with the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)), the winner of the 2021 edition, at 47 spins.
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Verstappen, who is counting the days to proclaim himself two-time world champion, consolidated his dominance this season on a track where he had never been on the podium, against a Leclerc who started first for the eighth time this year and had to settle for second position, with the British George Russell (Mercedes) in the third box.
the dutch Nyck de Vrieswho replaced Thai Alexander Albon at Williams, who is out due to appendicitis, was considered driver of the day on his Formula 1 debut and scored points by finishing ninth.
Leclerc contained Russell at the start, while behind him Verstappen and Sainz began their respective comebacks, both spectacular.
The Dutchman had already gained three positions in the first lap, he accounted for Ricciardo at the start of the second and in the fifth he only had Leclerc ahead after having overtaken the Briton George Russell.
The German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) had to retire on lap 12 and, with a virtual safety car on the track, Leclerc stopped to fit medium tires, while Verstappen and Russell chose to continue.
As a lesser evil for the Monegasque, he started just ahead of Ricciardo and avoided the traffic behind the Australian. The winner of the previous Italian Grand Prix was surprised by Sainz on lap 14. The Spaniard had climbed one position for each completed lap and was already fourth, behind his teammate.
Verstappen stopped at the halfway point of the race to put on tires, the same rubber that Leclerc was wearing with 12 laps already worn. He led the Ferrari, with the Red Bull ahead of Sainz, who stopped at 31 laps to put soft, this time without any blunder in the garage.
The man on pole saw his rent drastically decrease with respect to the Dutchman and resorted to the softs with 19 laps ahead and as many seconds behind.
By then, the performance of the Spanish Fernando Alonso, which equaled the Finn’s record of 349 Formula 1 races Kimi raikkonenhad already finished due to problems in the Alpine, which stayed in the pit lane.
Leclerc was unable to put pressure on Verstappen, but on lap 47 a mechanical problem with Ricciardo’s McLaren brought the excitement back to the race with the safety car on track.
The drivers went in to change tires in the hope that the race would restart with everyone regrouped, but there was no time and the leader added his eleventh victory of the course and continues at a record pace, just two of the 13 they achieved in one season Germans Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
Like Verstappen and Sainz, the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) also put in a great performance to climb from the last row of the grid to fifth place, just ahead of Mexican ‘Checo’ Pérez (Red Bull), who started thirteenth.
After the last stop of this campaign in Europe, the World Cup will continue in Asia with the dispute of the Singapore Grand Prix From September 30 to October 2.
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