Max Verstappen wins the Italian GP and reaches 31 Formula 1 victories

Max Verstappen wins the Italian GP and reaches 31 Formula 1 victories

The current champion won for the first time at Monza and consolidated his leadership with his fifth consecutive victory of the season

The leader of the world cup Formula 1, Max Verstappen conquered Monza this Sunday for the first time and took the Italian Grand Prix ahead of poleman Charles Leclerc, who failed to give Ferrari a win at home, and witnessed another comeback from the defending champion, who started seventh.

The race ended with the safety car, without having time to be restarted, after a mechanical problem for Daniel Ricciardo, the winner of the 2021 edition, five laps from the end.

Verstappenwho is counting the days to proclaim himself double world champion, consolidated his domination this season on a track where he had never been on the podium, facing a Leclerc who started first for the eighth time this year and who had to be content of second place, with George Russell of Mercedes in third place.

Dutchman Nyck de Vries, who replaced Alexander Albon at Williams, absent with appendicitis, was named driver of the day for his debut in Formula 1 and added points by finishing ninth.

Leclerc held up Russell at the start, while behind Verstappen and Sainz began their respective comebacks, both of which were spectacular.

The champion gained three positions in the first round, represented Ricciardo at the start of the second and in the fifth he only had a lead over Leclerc after passing George Russell.

Sebastian Vettel retired with his Aston Martin on lap 12 and, with a virtual safety car on track, Leclerc stopped to mount medium tires, while Verstappen and Russell chose to continue. Lesser harm for the Monegasque, he started just ahead of Ricciardo and avoided the traffic behind the Australian.

To the winner of the previous Italian Grand Prix Sainz surprised him on lap 14. The Spaniard had climbed one place with each lap completed and was already fourth, behind his teammate.

Verstappen he stopped in the middle of the race to put on the media, the same rubber he was wearing Leclerc with 12 towers already worn. Ferrari led, with Red Bull ahead of Sainz, who stopped after 31 laps to get smooth, this time without any blunders in the garage.

The man on pole saw his advantage over the Dutchman decrease drastically and resorted to softs with 19 laps ahead and as many seconds behind.

Until then, the performance of the Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who equaled the record of 349 races in the Formula 1 of Kimi Raikkonen, had already finished due to problems in the Alpine, which remained in the pit lane.

Leclerc couldn’t pressure Verstappenbut on lap 47 a mechanical problem with Ricciardo’s McLaren brought the excitement back into the race with the safety car on track.

The riders went to change tires in the hope that the race would start again with everyone back together, but there was no time and the leader added his eleventh victory of the course and continues at a record pace, only two of 13 they won in one season Germans Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

As Verstappen and Sainz, Lewis Hamilton also put in a fine performance to move up from the back row of the grid to fifth, just ahead of ‘Checo’ Pérez, who started thirteenth and finished in sixth place.

After the last leg of this campaign in Europe, the World Cup will continue in Asia with the Singapore Grand Prix from September 30 to October 2.

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