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Italian GP: Max Verstappen denies Charles Leclerc in Monza for fifth straight victory

Max Verstappen started from seventh after a grid penalty but was up to second after just five laps; Charles Leclerc was on pole but was unable to match Verstappen’s pace; the Dutchman’s fifth straight victory tightens his grip on the world championship

Last Updated: 11/09/22 3:51pm


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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes victory at the Italian GP as the race ends behind a safety car.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen takes victory at the Italian GP as the race ends behind a safety car.

Max Verstappen produced a dominant performance at the Italian Grand Prix to deny Charles Leclerc victory in Monza and secure a fifth successive win.

Verstappen started from seventh after a grid penalty, but was up to second after just five laps and clearly held a pace advantage over pole-sitter Leclerc.

Ferrari, seeking a win at its home race, pitted Leclerc after 11 laps under a Virtual Safety Car as the Italian team sought to find any sort of advantage over Verstappen, but the move was in vain as the medium tyres fitted to the Monegasque’s car failed to provide the durability or speed to mount a challenge.

Max Verstappen climbed two places at the start of the Italian GP.

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Max Verstappen climbed two places at the start of the Italian GP.

Max Verstappen climbed two places at the start of the Italian GP.

With Leclerc forced to make a second stop, Verstappen held a near 20-second lead in the closing stages, before a technical failure for Daniel Ricciardo saw the McLaren stop out on track with five laps remaining, and the race end behind a Safety Car.

While Leclerc complained over radio and there were boos from Ferrari fans at the decision to finish the race behind the Safety Car, there was little doubt that Verstappen and Red Bull deserved the victory.

George Russell, who started second, continued his remarkably consistent debut season for Mercedes by finishing third.

Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton, who both started from the rear of the grid having been among nine drivers taking penalties, produced superb comeback drives to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

Lewis Hamilton passes both Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly to move up to seventh at the Italian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton passes both Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly to move up to seventh at the Italian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton passes both Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly to move up to seventh at the Italian Grand Prix.

Nyck De Vries, making his Formula 1 race debut after stepping in for the unwell Alex Albon at Williams, produced a brilliant performance to score points in ninth.

Verstappen’s first victory at Monza stretches his world championship lead over Leclerc to 116 points with six races remaining and means he could secure a second successive title when the season’s final stretch begins in Singapore in three weeks’ time.

The sport continued to pay its respects to Queen Elizabeth II, with a minute’s silence impeccably observed before the race, along with several cars carrying visual tributes.

An impeccably observed minute's silence was followed by a round of applause for Queen Elizabeth II from both on the grid and in the grandstands at the Italian GP.

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An impeccably observed minute’s silence was followed by a round of applause for Queen Elizabeth II from both on the grid and in the grandstands at the Italian GP.

An impeccably observed minute’s silence was followed by a round of applause for Queen Elizabeth II from both on the grid and in the grandstands at the Italian GP.

Italian GP Final Result, Top 10
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
3) George Russell, Mercedes
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
5) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
6) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
7) Lando Norris, McLaren
8) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
9) Nyck de Vries, Williams
10) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo

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