By Robert Haile
The second race around Monza provided plenty of surprises, thrills and spills as round fourteen of the Formula One season was completed.
After winning the sprint race yesterday Mercedes Valtteri Bottas started from the back due to an engine change and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly started qfrom the pit lane after crashing.
In a late change Yuki Tsunoda was set to join his teammate Gasly in starting from the pit lane but with an issue with his breaks unable to be fix was retired before the start of the race.
At the start McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo took the lead with Mercedes Lewis Hamilton gained third but lost it when attacking Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Grand Prix winner Ricciardo said “Crazy, what an awesome day. We really set the tone from the start of the weekend. I think anyone that’s seen the demeanour this weekend, they’re not surprised.
“I’m really stoked that it turned into a victory. A big thanks to the team. Not only winning, but a one-two’s incredible. A lot of hard work went into this and we really earned it out there. I’m really, really happy.”
Alfa Romeo’s Giovinazzi lost his front wing and went sideways down the track after contact from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.
From the incident on lap one Giovinazzi received a 5 second penalty for an unsafe rejoin with Gasly retiring meaning both AlphaTauri’s would not finish the race.
By lap thirteen Bottas had climbed from nineteenth to tenth.
In the battle between Vettel and Ocon the Alpine driver bumped the Aston Martin and after an investigation by the stewards the Alpine received a 5 second penalty.
Ricciardo pitted first coming back out behind Sainz in sixth giving Verstappen the lead but pitting the next lap Red Bull had a nightmare stop sending the championship leader back out in tenth as Hamilton took the lead off Norris.
After Norris stopped he came back out in front of Verstappen meaning the Red Bull driver had lost a place then things got worse for the Championship leader.
When defending champion Hamilton came out of his pit stop Norris and Verstappen were passing the end of the pit lane exit, the Mercedes driver came out just behind the McLaren but went wheel to wheel with the Red Bull into the chicane.
Both drivers refused to give way and ended up with the Mercedes under the Red Bull as bot( went off into the gravel bring the safety car out as both were stuck.
Verstappen got out of the car while Hamilton tried to keep the car going before being told to turn the car off by the team.
At the restart Norris put pressure on Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc before taking second, Leclerc then lost third to Sergio Perez and then fourth to Bottas.
Perez received a five second penalty for overtaking Leclerc and not giving the Ferrari driver the place back.
In the battle for third Perez and Bottas traded places while the McLaren’s extended their time advantage out in front after Haas’ Nikita Mazepin became the latest driver not to finish as the car gave up.
McLaren completed a one – two the first since Canada in 2010, first win for the team since Brazil 2021 and Ricciardo recorded his first win since Monaco 2018.
Bottas climbed sixteen places to finish third as Perez dropped to fifth splitting the Ferrari’s as Leclerc took fourth and Sainz sixth.
Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin finished seventh with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso for company in eighth, Williams George Russell came ninth as Ocon completed the points scorers in tenth.
Nicholas Latifi came home in eleventh for Williams, Vettel was twelfth ahead of Giovinazzi and Robert Kubica for Alfa Romeo as Mick Schumacher brought the field home in his Haas.
After taking fifteen places to finish third Bottas said “I told the Team that I was going to be on the Podium today so I am glad we did. A great recovery from me, I don’t think I’ve made up that many places in a race in my career. Starting from the back is never easy, and in the end, I am glad we got more points than Red Bull today, especially considering where we were before the race.
“It was enjoyable out there, some good overtakes and some good racing. The battle with Perez was a good one and I am very happy with my result. Probably one of my better weekends with Mercedes, I think I was strong all weekend so that is very satisfying.
“Obviously, it is a shame about the crash with Lewis and Max – we lost some important points there. I haven’t really seen the incident properly yet but I am glad to hear he is ok. Now we need to look ahead and I hope to carry this momentum into Russia, a track where I’ve done well in the past.”
After three races in three weeks, well two after Spa, Belgium Grand Prix was rained off, Formula One will head to Russia and the Sochi Autodrom on September 24-26.
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 226.5
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 221.5
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 141
- Lando Norris (McLaren) – 132
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 118
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 104
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 97.5
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 83
- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 66
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 50
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 45
- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 35
- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 24
- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – 18
- George Russel (Williams) – 15
- Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – 7
- Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) – 2
- Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) – 1
- Mick Schumacher (Haas) – 0
- Robert Kubica (Alfa Romeo) – 0
- Nikita Mazepin (Haas) – 0
- Mercedes – 362.5
- Red Bull – 344.5
- McLaren – 215
- Ferrari – 201.5
- Alpine – 95
- AlphaTauri – 84
- Aston Martin – 59
- Williams – 22
- Alfa Romeo – 3
- Haas – 0