ITALY. Monza: Daniel Ricciardo gave a consistently brilliant performance on the final race day from start to finish winning the Italian Grand Prix his first since 2018. It was Team McLaren’s double podium too along with a race win after nine years. McLaren’s Lando Norris kept pace with teammate Ricciardo and secured the second position his best to date in an extraordinary race. Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas gave yet another dashing performance by starting 19th but climbing up the ladder and finishing third in the race.
Verstappen was running down the main straight when Hamilton exited the pits after his first stop and both of them were moving side by side towards the first corner. As they went through the corner, they collided with each other, lifting Verstappen onto the Mercedes and both ending up stuck in the gravel. They had to retire from the race.
The Stewards heard from both the drivers involved in the incident and the team Representatives too. After reviewing the video evidence they determined that Verstappen was predominantly to blame for the collision. He was handed a three-place grid penalty for the Russian Grand Prix plus two penalty points.
Italian Grand Prix Race Result
- Daniel Ricciardo (Team McLaren), Time taken – 1:21:54.365s, Points – 26
- Lando Norris (Team McLaren), Time taken – +1.747s, Points – 18
- Valtteri Bottas (Team Mercedes), Time taken – +4.921s, Points – 15
- Charles Leclerc (Team Ferrari),Time taken – +7.309s, Points – 12
- Sergio Perez (Team Red Bull Racing), Time taken – +8.723s, Points – 10
Stats Source: www.formula1.com
Driver Standing after Italian Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen (Team Red Bull Racing), Points – 226.5
- Lewis Hamilton (Team Mercedes), Points – 221.5
- Valtteri Bottas (Team Mercedes), Points – 141
- Lando Norris (Team McLaren), Points – 132
Constructors Standings after Italian Grand Prix
- Mercedes – (Hamilton/ Bottas): 362.5 Pts
- Red Bull Racing – (Verstappen/ Perez): 344.5 Pts
- McLaren – (Ricciardo/ Norris): 215 Pts
Stats Source: www.racingnews365.com
About Daniel Ricciardo
Born in 1989 in Perth, Western Australia, Daniel Ricciardo started karting at the age of nine. He made his debut with the HRT team at the 2011 British Grand Prix. Ricciardo joined Toro Rosso in 2012 and drove a Ferrari-powered car for them in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, he joined Team Red Bull to run along with teammate Sebastian Vettel. In his first season with Red Bull under Renault power, he won three races in Canada, Hungary, and Belgium and finished third in the championship standings. In 2016, Ricciardo won the Malaysian and Mexican Grand Prix. He has since added victories for Red Bull at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017 and the Chinese and Monaco Grand Prix in the year 2018. After 2018, Ricciardo signed with Renault and raced for them in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He joined McLaren for the 2021 and 2022 Formula One seasons, alongside Lando Norris. He obtained his first race win with McLaren at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. He has achieved 8 Grand Prix victories in Formula One.
About circuit Monza and Italian Grand Prix
The ‘Autodromo Nazionale Di Monza‘ is located in the Royal Park in the city of Monza, approximately 9 miles north-northeast of Milan. The site has three tracks. The first one is the 5.793 km Grand Prix track, the second one is the 2.405 km junior track, and the third one is a 4.250 km high-speed oval track with steep bankings.
The major features of the main Grand Prix track include the Curva Grande, the Curva di Lesmo, the Variante Ascari, and the Curva Parabolica. Monza being a fast circuit has witnessed several fatal accidents in the early years of the Formula One world championships. 52 drivers and 35 spectators died of fatal accidents to date. Monza has hosted all the Formula 1 Grand Prix since the first edition in 1950.
In the year 2020, in addition to Formula One, the circuit hosted the 2020 World Rally Championship final round, ACI Rally Monza, with the circuit hosting 10 of the 16 rally stages. Monza also hosts the Monza 12h Cycling Marathon and Monza 21 Half Marathon.
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