2021 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix highlights

Introduction

 

A dramatic crash between title protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen that took both drivers out of the race cleared the way for Daniel Ricciardo to claim a sensational victory in the 2021 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix, giving McLaren their first race win since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix – and a one-two to boot, as he led home teammate Lando Norris, with Valtteri Bottas taking third, in a thrilling race at Monza.

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Hamilton was exiting the pits on Lap 26 of 53 when he arrived alongside Verstappen, the pair going side by side through the Variante del Rettifilo, but making contact, with Verstappen flying through the air and coming to rest on top of the Mercedes. Both drivers were unhurt, but out of the race, with the stewards set to investigate after the 2021 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was a deserving winner, however, having passed Verstappen for the lead at the race start from P2 on the grid, before Verstappen and Hamilton’s clash cleared the way for him to control the race to sweep home to an eighth career victory. Lando Norris secured his best ever race finish with P2, having been told to hold station behind his teammate in the final moments of the Grand Prix.

We’re an international sport so everyone has been aware of some of the struggles I’ve had this year. I think to come back from that, not only to win but as a team to get a one-two… I don’t know. It’s crazy. I think after Friday… even before Friday, but I knew after Friday that we had something this weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo

Driver, McLaren Racing

Having started P19, Bottas claimed third, finishing fourth on the road behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, before Perez had a five-second penalty added to his time for passing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc off the track.

Perez would eventually be classified fifth behind Leclerc, while Carlos Sainz took sixth on his first ever outing for Ferrari at Monza. Lance Stroll was seventh for Aston Martin – but under investigation for a yellow flag infraction – with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso eighth, ahead of the Williams of George Russell in ninth as the second Alpine of Esteban Ocon completed the top 10.

So, a huge moment for Ricciardo, Norris and McLaren – with Ricciardo also claiming a point for fastest lap on the final tour. But the ramifications of Hamilton and Verstappen’s crash are sure to be a major talking point this evening.

Mario Isola – Head of F1 and car racing at Pirelli commented:

Both McLaren drivers used the same medium to hard strategy that was adopted by the majority of the field at the 2021 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix, but Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes also showed what was possible with the opposite strategy. The performance of the hard tyre here was underlined by the fact that Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest lap on the final lap, having managed the race perfectly since the restart. Today’s warm weather certainly favoured the hard and medium compounds, which both showed minimal degradation, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, it was a bit too warm for the soft to show its speed advantage.

2021 Formula 1 Italian GP Race Results

Pos No Driver Country Team Time Points Overall
1. 3 Daniel Ricciardo Australia McLaren Racing 1:21:54.365 26 83
2. 4 Lando Norris Great Britain Mclaren Racing +1.747s 18 132
3. 77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes-AMG Petronas +4.921s 15 141
4. 16 Charles Leclerc Monaco Scuderia Ferrari +7.309s 12 104
5. 11 Sergio Perez Mexico Red Bull Racing Honda +8.723s 10 118
6. 55 Carlos Sainz Spain Scuderia Ferrari +10.535s 8 97.5
7. 18 Lance Stroll Canada Aston Martin F1 Team +15.804s 6 24
8. 14 Fernando Alonso Spain Alpine F1 Team +17.201s 4 50
9. 63 George Russell Great Britain Williams Racing +19.742s 2 15
10. 31 Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team +20.868s 1 45
11. 6 Nicholas Latifi Canada Williams Racing +23.743s 0 7
12. 5 Sebastian Vettel Germany Aston Martin F1 Team +24.621s 0 35
13. 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Alfa Romeo F1 Team +27.216s 0 1
15. 88 Robert Kubica Poland Alfa Romeo F1 Team +29.769s 0 0
15. 47 Mick Schumacher Germany Haas F1 Team +51.088s 0 0
16. 9 Nikita Mazepin Russia Haas F1 Team DNF 0 0
17. 44 Lewis Hamilton Great Britain Mercedes-AMG Petronas DNF 0 221.5
1. 33 Max Verstappen Netherlands Red Bull Racing DNF 0 224.5
4. 10 Pierre Gasly France Scuderia AlphaTauri DNF 0 66
15. 22 Yuki Tsunoda Japan Scuderia AlphaTauri DNF 0 18

Here are the team-by-team highlights:

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