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F1 race results: Max Verstappen wins Italian GP under safety car

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday, his 11th victory of the season, seeing off the Ferrari challenge of Charles Leclerc despite a grid penalty and a late safety car.

Watch: Timeline of the Italian GP

Leclerc led from pole position, elbowing MercedesGeorge Russell wide at the first corner, but he made an early pitstop during a virtual safety car period on Lap 12. That allowed Verstappen, who charged his way up from seventh on the grid, into the lead.

Leclerc led again when Verstappen pitted near the half distance point, but the Ferrari team leader went for a second stop when it became apparent the reigning champion would easily overhaul him in the final 20 laps.

Leclerc didn’t have the pace to make substantial inroads into Verstappen's lead, and a late safety car to retrieve Daniel Ricciardo’s stranded McLaren meant the race ended under yellows, so Verstappen literally cruised to his fifth consecutive win.

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2022 Italian Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Points
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 53 1:20'27.511 25
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 53 1:20'29.957 2.446 18
3 United Kingdom George Russell
Mercedes 53 1:20'30.916 3.405 15
4 Spain Carlos Sainz
Ferrari 53 1:20'32.572 5.061 12
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 53 1:20'32.891 5.380 10
6 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 53 1:20'33.602 6.091 9
7 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 53 1:20'33.718 6.207 6
8 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 53 1:20'33.907 6.396 4
9 Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Williams 53 1:20'34.633 7.122 2
10 China Zhou Guanyu
Alfa Romeo 53 1:20'35.421 7.910 1
11 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 53 1:20'35.834 8.323
12 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 53 1:20'36.060 8.549
13 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo 52 1:20'27.928 1 Lap
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 52 1:20'28.871 1 Lap
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 52 1:20'30.303 1 Lap
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas 52 1:20'32.157 1 Lap
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 45 1:06'21.984 8 Laps
Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 39 58'10.153 14 Laps
Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 31 45'52.319 22 Laps
Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 10 14'48.225 43 Laps
 

How the Italian Grand Prix unfolded

Leclerc (who started on soft tyres) held his pole position advantage on the long run to Turn 1, ahead of Russell (also on softs, with the majority behind starting on mediums) who straightlined the first chicane after Leclerc shoved him wide beyond the first apex. Further back, his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton – who started 19th – followed his teammate’s route and dropped to last.

Ricciardo ran fourth ahead of Verstappen (up from a penalised seventh on the grid, also running softs) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). McLaren’s Lando Norris made a terrible start from third, dropping to sixth. Verstappen outdragged Ricciardo for third at the start of the second lap, as Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz (who started 18th) got past Red Bull’s Sergio Perez for 15th in the early exchanges.

Verstappen quickly caught Russell and outbraked him at the Rettifilo chicane at the start of Lap 5 to take second. Leclerc was 2.2s up the road at this point.

As Sainz carved his way into the top 10, up to seventh by Lap 10, former sparring partner Perez fell to the rear with a burning right-front brake after stopping for hard tyres. Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin was forced to a smoky halt with ERS failure on Lap 12, causing a brief virtual safety car.

Leclerc took this opportunity to pit for mediums, as Verstappen stayed out and picked up the lead ahead of Russell. Leclerc rejoined in third, just ahead of Ricciardo, who was passed by Sainz at Ascari. Behind the leaders, Alpine’s Fernando Alonso grabbed seventh when Norris overshot Rettifilo, but Norris got him back there on Lap 18.

Gasly pitted from sixth for hards on Lap 19, triggering much of the DRS train behind Ricciardo into pitting a lap later. Russell pitted from second for hards on Lap 24, rejoining in fourth behind Sainz.

Just before half distance, Verstappen pitted for mediums with a 14-second lead, handing Leclerc a 10-second advantage out front. Sainz pitted from third for softs on Lap 31, rejoining behind the long-running Perez and it took two laps to pass him, at the Roggia chicane.

With Verstappen having halved his lead advantage, Leclerc pitted for softs on Lap 34, rejoining in second but 19.5s behind the leader.

Norris suffered a slow 5.1s stop, losing potential spots to Ricciardo, Gasly and Hamilton. On softs, Norris quickly regained places from Gasly and Ricciardo. Also charging on softs, Hamilton stormed up to sixth and Perez made a late stop for softs, dropping him back to seventh.

Ricciardo pulled off with no power at the Lesmos with five laps to go, costing him a points finish and brought out the safety car. All the leaders pitted for softs with nothing to gain by staying out, but this was all irrelevant as the race never went green again as Ricciardo’s car was stuck in gear and required a cherry picker to move it.

Verstappen cruised home to yet another win, well clear of front row starters Leclerc and Russell, and back-of-gridders Sainz and Hamilton. Perez was sixth, ahead of Norris, Gasly, impressive debutant Nyck de Vries (Williams) and Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo).

Alonso joined Vettel in retirement with overheating on Lap 32, and Stroll was also forced out with 12 laps to go making it a double DNF for Aston.

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2022 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 46 1'24.030 248.182
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 38 1'24.336 0.306 0.306 247.282
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 43 1'24.434 0.404 0.098 246.995
4 Spain Carlos Sainz
Ferrari 41 1'24.446 0.416 0.012 246.960
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 43 1'24.718 0.688 0.272 246.167
6 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 38 1'24.745 0.715 0.027 246.088
7 United Kingdom George Russell
Mercedes 40 1'25.288 1.258 0.543 244.522
8 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 43 1'25.298 1.268 0.010 244.493
9 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo 45 1'25.706 1.676 0.408 243.329
10 China Zhou Guanyu
Alfa Romeo 41 1'26.361 2.331 0.655 241.484
11 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 37 1'26.593 2.563 0.232 240.837
12 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 39 1'26.603 2.573 0.010 240.809
13 Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Williams 41 1'26.624 2.594 0.021 240.750
14 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 30 1'26.718 2.688 0.094 240.489
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 17 1'26.798 2.768 0.080 240.268
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas 37 1'26.798 2.768 0.000 240.268
17 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 43 1'26.857 2.827 0.059 240.105
18 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 7 1'27.203 3.173 0.346 239.152
19 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 34 1'27.467 3.437 0.264 238.430
20 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 4 1'27.501 3.471 0.034 238.337

2022 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix pitstops

Cla Driver Chassis 1 2 3 4
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull S 25 M 23 S 5
2 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari S 12 M 21 S 15 S 8
3 United Kingdom George Russell
Mercedes S 23 H 24 S 9
4 Spain Carlos Sainz
Ferrari M 30 S 17 S 6
5 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes M 33 S 20
6 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull M 7 H 35 S 11
7 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren M 35 S 14 S 9
8 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri M 18 H 36
9 Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Williams S 19 M 34
10 China Zhou Guanyu
Alfa Romeo M 18 H 35
11 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine S 19 H 34
12 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas M 33 S 20
13 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Alfa Romeo M 35 S 17
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri M 19 H 29 S 5
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams M 15 H 32 S 5
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas M 24 H 22 S 6
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren M 19 H 26
Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin M 19 H 22
Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine M 31
Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin M 11
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