weekend highs and flops

Zapping Autonews racing F1 2021: the driver grid

Find the classification on arrival.

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing
  2. Charles Leclerc – Scuderia Ferrari
  3. George Russell – Mercedes AMG
  4. Carlos Sainz – Scuderia Ferrari
  5. Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes AMG
  6. Sergio Perez – Red Bull Racing
  7. Lando Norris – McLaren
  8. Pierre Gasly – Alpha Tauri
  9. Nyck De Vries – Williams
  10. Guanyu Zhou – Alfa Romeo
  11. Esteban Ocon – Alpine
  12. Mick Schumacher-Haas
  13. Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo
  14. Yuki Tsunoda – Alpha Tauri
  15. Nicholas Latifi – Williams
  16. Kevin Magnussen-Haas

Give up:

  • Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren
  • Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
  • Fernando Alonso – Alpine
  • Sebastian Vettel – Aston Martin

The tops

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Max Verstappen – Red Bull

Max Verstappen achieves the pass of 5. In Italy, Max Verstappen wins his 5th consecutive race. Beaten in qualifying by Charles Leclerc, the Dutchman started only 7th following a change of part on his engine. With a better pace in the race, he got rid of his rival during the pit stops and signed his eleventh victory of the season. With this result, he already has more wins than last season. More surprisingly, he won his first career podium at Monza. It is also Red Bull’s first podium in Italy since the start of the hybrid era in 2014.
At the next Grand Prix in Singapore, Max Verstappen will have a date with history. If he wins the race and Charles Leclerc does no better than eighth position, he will then be double world champion.

George Russell-Mercedes

George Russell continues to impress. In Italy, the Mercedes driver achieves another perfect race where he gets the most out of his car. On the front row following Max Verstappen’s penalty, the Briton made a one-stop strategy, allowing him to stay in the top 3. With this third place, he obtained his 7th podium in 16 races as well as his 15th finish in the top 5.
Thanks to this result, he remains 4th in the drivers’ standings with 203 points, but is 7 lengths behind Sergio Perez and can seriously consider finishing runner-up to Verstappen at the end of the season.

Nyck De Vries – Williams

This is the beautiful story of racing. While he started this weekend in Italy by driving Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin in the first free practice session, Nyck De Vries replaced Alex Albon at Williams for the rest of the weekend. .
8th on the grid after beating his weekend teammate, Nicholas Latifi, the Dutchman had a solid race, which allowed him to finish in 9th place. An unexpected result for Williams who had scored only one point in the last 11 Grand Prix. With this ninth position, Nyck de Vries became the 67th driver to score points on his F1 debut and the first to do so in a Williams since Nico Rosberg in Bahrain in 2006.

The flops

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Illustrative PhotoPhoto Credit – Hoch Zwei / Icon Sport


Halt for Alpine. After having been the only team to enter its two cars in the top 10 during the last 5 races, the French team is marking time. Esteban Ocon finished 11th while Fernando Alonso was forced to retire. Yet the double world champion could claim a big result. 6th on the grid, the Spaniard made a good start and spent most of his race fighting for 6th place before his retirement. It’s the first time in 10 races that he hasn’t finished in the top 10.
On the side of Esteban Ocon, the race was more complicated. Starting 14th because of a penalty, the Frenchman found himself stuck in the DRS trains. He fails in 11th place. Following this result, McLaren moved back to 18 points from 4th place in the manufacturer standings held by Alpine, with 125 points.

Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren

Unlucky Daniel Ricciardo. Winner in 2021, Daniel Ricciardo returned to the land of his final victory in F1 with a taste of nostalgia as his season is difficult. With a good burst of speed, he was almost impossible to pass, blocking several cars behind him. 8th 5 laps from the checkered flag, the Australian was able to score points for the first time in 4 Grand Prix. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire when his car came to a complete stop.
In the drivers’ classification he lost a place following the good performance of Pierre Gasly and now finds himself 15th with 19 points, 69 points behind his teammate Lando Norris.

Nicholas Latifi – Williams

Nicholas Latifi humiliated by a newbie. Not at the level since the start of the championship or even since the start of his career in the discipline, Nicholas Latifi’s season has just taken a new turn at Monza. Regularly beaten by his teammate Alex Albon, the Canadian saw a new partner tumble this weekend in the person of Nyck De Vries. Replacing the Thai, the rookie has continued to perform better than the holder for 4 seasons in the Williams. Nicholas Latifi finished 15th, again out of the points. He is still the only driver to score no points in 2022.

In short :

The sixteenth round of the 2022 F1 championship took place in Monza. Discover the winners and losers of this Italian Grand Prix.

Theo Marchal

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