Formula 1: Valtteri Bottas wins the second ever F1 sprint race

Valtteri Bottas wins the F1 sprint race in Italy but will take a grid penalty for a power unit change which puts Verstappen on pole for the feature race

Valtteri Bottas wins the second-ever Formula 1 sprint race on Saturday in Monza, Italy. The Finnish driver was recently announced as the new Alfa Romeo driver for the 2022 season to replace his countryman Kimi Raikkonen as he had announced his retirement from F1 at the start of September. Bottas took pole position in yesterdays qualifying as his Mercedes teammate completed the front row alongside him in P2.

The seven-time world champion showed great pace in qualifying but could not replicate that today after he was slow off this line at the start of the sprint race. Hamilton’s championship rival Max Verstappen was the first to go past him which was soon followed by both the McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Riccardo. Pierre Gasly took front wing damage heading into turn 1 and went past Hamilton at the exit of turn 2. Gasly’s wing could not hold to the car as it sent him crashing out onto the gravel at the end of sector 1 during the very first lap. 

 

Although Bottas put his Mercedes on pole after winning the sprint race, he will be starting the feature race at the back of the grid as he will be taking a grid penalty due to the instalment of a brand new power unit exceeding the limit set by the FIA.

 

Max Verstappen will start on pole for tomorrows feature race followed by Daniel Riccardo who secured his best-placed finish as a McLaren driver to complete the front row. His teammate Lando Norris will start at P3 along with Lewis Hamilton to complete the second row.

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