Daniel Ricciardo has won the Italian Grand Prix, with Lando Norris making it a 1-2 for McLaren.
After Saturday’s Sprint Qualifying race, it was time to get down to business and race the big deal: the Italian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen started on Pole position alongside Daniel Ricciardo, as yesterday’s winner Valtteri Bottas was awarded a grid drop penalty due to PU changes.
Five minutes before the start, the car of Yuki Tsunoda was taken to the pits by his mechanics due to issues. He didn’t start the race, unlike his teammate Pierre Gasly who did so from the pits, but later retired.
The race began with Daniel Ricciardo having a great start as he overtook Max Verstappen for the lead of the Grand Prix through turn 1. Then, the Dutchman battled second place with Lewis Hamilton but came ahead as the Mercedes driver had to back off and went wide, losing the battle and his third place to Lando Norris.
Later on that lap, Antonio Giovinazzi spun and crashed with a barrier, leaving debris over the track, causing a brief Virtual Safety Car. He seemed to have made contact with one of the Ferrari cars but was able to continue. He was later awarded a 5 second time penalty due to an unsafe rejoin.
Ten laps into the race, Valtteri Bottas, who started last, was running 12th ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Meanwhile, further up ahead, Sergio Pérez and Carlos Sainz were battling with the 6th position, with the Mexican coming ahead.
The battle for third place between Norris and Hamilton was heating up on lap 12, as the Mercedes tried to overtake the McLaren through turns 1 and 2 but was unable to do so, despite having the DRS advantage on the straight.
Esteban Ocon was awarded a 5-second time penalty on lap 20 due to causing a collision, as he had made contact with the Aston Martin of Vettel laps earlier while trying to make an overtake at turn 4.
The first stop was made by McLaren with Ricciardo on lap 23 from the lead, going out in 7th place behind Sainz and ahead of Bottas.
Max Verstappen had a horrendous pit stop on lap 24 as he stayed stationary for 11.1 seconds, coming out in 10th place behind Alonso. Meanwhile, the Mercedes of Hamilton managed to overtake Norris who pitted later that lap.
The drama came when Lewis Hamilton pitted. The Mercedes driver had a relatively slow pit stop and came out of the pits ahead of Max Verstappen, who tried to overtake him around the inside through the first part of the chicane at turns 1 and 2. However, Hamilton squeezed him and the Red Bull went wide, over the curbs and airborne, landing on the Mercedes’ front wing, sending both into the gravel and out of the race. The Safety Car was deployed.
The race re-started with Ricciardo leading, and a battle between Norris and Leclerc for second place, with the McLaren coming ahead. Perez was sitting fourth and then battled the position with Bottas. The Mexican was later awarded a 5-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.
In the end, it was Daniel Ricciardo who took the victory of the Italian Grand Prix, with Lando Norris making it a 1-2 for McLaren as he finished second. Third finished
Here are the provisional results of the Italian GP:
|5||Sergio Prez||Red Bull||+8.723|
|7||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+15.804|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+24.621|
|13||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||+27.216|
|14||Robert Kubica||Alfa Romeo||+29.769|
|18||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||DNF|