Formula One Italian Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo heads McLaren one-two as Verstappen and Hamilton crash

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo lead a McLaren one-two finish as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton retired on lap 26.

Alpha Tauri had a horrid start to their Sunday afternoon as Pierre Gasly was forced to start from the pit lane but Yuki Tsunoda wasn’t able to start the race but the Frenchman had to retire early on.

The majority of the top 10 drivers, on the grid, started on the medium compound tyres but Mercedes’ Hamilton started on the hard compound, from fourth on the grid.

It was a quick start as the lights quickly went out. Ricciardo managed to get ahead of his former teammate, Verstappen into the Rettifilo chicane. As the pack ventured into the second chicane, the della Roggia, Hamilton and Verstappen went wheel-to-wheel with the former losing out and having to cut the chicane. As a result, the Mercedes driver filtered back in behind Verstappen and the McLaren of Lando Norris.

However, as the pack sped around the second chicane, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo, had to cut the corner as he locked up. But as the Italian returned to the track, he collected the front right tyre of Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari. As a result, the Italian was later given a five-second time penalty.

Norris went slightly wide on the exit of the Curva Alboreto which put him in a vulnerable position to Hamilton. With DRS assistance, Hamilton went side-by-side with the young McLaren driver into the Rettifilo chicane but the young Briton managed to keep the number 44 Mercedes at bay.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel were put under investigation after banging wheels together into the braking zone of the Roggia chicane on the 15th lap. After the investigation was concluded, Ocon was given a five-second time penalty for causing a collision.

Ricciardo made his mandatory pit stop at the end of lap 22. Red Bull reacted a lap later but there was an issue during Verstappen’s pit stop as the Dutchman was sat in his pit box for over 11 seconds.

Hamilton ventured into the pit lane at the end of the 25th lap, to swap his hard compound tyres for the medium compound. As the leading Mercedes returned to the track, he made a defensive move on Verstappen as soon as he legally could.

However, as Hamilton squeezed Verstappen on the entry to the Rettifilo chicane, the two fought fiercely into the second corner and contact was inevitable. Both cars sped into the nearby gravel trap with Verstappen’s car onboard of Hamilton’s W12. Both of the championship contenders retired from the race, and the safety car was deployed as a result.

Ricciardo got the race back underway on lap 30 and Norris managed to overtake Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on the pit straight to give the Woking outfit a provisional one-two.

Sergio Perez, Red Bull, was given a five-second time penalty, in lap 38, for leaving the track and gaining an advantage after the Mexican’s tussle with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari, when the remaining Red Bull left the track and overtook the Monegasque Ferrari at the Roggia chicane.

Haas’ Nikita Mazepin was also given a five-second time penalty as the Haas driver collided with his teammate, Mick Schumacher, at Monza’s second chicane. However, Mazepin was forced to retire from the race, on lap 44, after he suffered with a mechanical failure and pulled off just after the Ascari chicane.

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was put under investigation on the 52nd lap, of 53, for alledgedly failing to slow down for yellow flags.

Podium

  1. Daniel Ricciardo, Mclaren (Driver of the Day and fastest lap)
  2. Lando Norris, McLaren
  3. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s