Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo wins the Italian Grand Prix; Max and Lewis out of the race

Daniel Ricciardo picked up the win at Monza to climb the podium for the first time since 2018 along with his McLaren teammate Lando Norris who finished P2.

After an action-packed race at Monza on Sunday, Daniel Ricciardo took the checkered flag for the eighth time in his Formula 1 career to win the Italian Grand Prix. It was a double delight for the McLaren team as Lando Norris finished P2 ahead of Sergio Perez in the Red Bull who dropped to P5 due to a 5 second time penalty in an incident of gaining the advantage of a position on  Charles Leclerc after rejoining the race while going off track limits in the first chicane. The penalty put the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas onto the final podium spot after starting the race from the back of the grid due to an instalment of a new power unit.

This was McLaren’s first victory since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2012 and their first 1-2 finish since 2010 in the Canadian Grand Prix. Ricciardo, the man from down under picked up his first win since Monaco 2018 in the Red Bull. This is Lando Norris’ best-ever finish of his Formula 1 career.

The two championship rivals, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton did not finish the race as they both collided with each other at turn 2 causing Verstappen’s Red Bull to fall over the Mercedes of Hamilton due to an airlift by the high sausage curve that threw Verstappen’s car into the air as he looked to squeeze his way in a fairly open gap of space alongside Hamilton. The Dutchman still holds the championship lead by 5 points over the seven-time world champion. 

 

Formula 1 now heads to Sochi, Russia where the recently announced retiring Kimi Raikkonen is expected to be back racing after missing out on the last two Grand Prix at Spa and Monza as he was tested positive for COVID-19.

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