F1 2021 – Daniel Ricciardo won Formula 1’s 2021 Italian Grand Prix.
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo claimed a sensational victory at the Italian Grand Prix after Formula 1 title rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton crashed out.
Ricciardo took the lead from Verstappen with a great start and led every lap on his way to scoring a famous win for McLaren, heading home a 1-2 for the team ahead of Lando Norris.
Full race results at the Italian Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 2021 Formula 1 world championship.
POS DRIVER NAT. TEAM TIME 1 Daniel Ricciardo AUS McLaren F1 Team 53 Laps 2 Lando Norris GBR McLaren F1 Team + 1.747s 3 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team + 4.921s 4 Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow + 7.309s 5 Sergio Perez MEX Red Bull Racing + 8.723s 6 Carlos Sainz ESP Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow + 10.535s 7 Lance Stroll CAN Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team + 15.804s 8 Fernando Alonso ESP Alpine F1 Team + 17.201s 9 George Russell GBR Williams Racing + 19.742s 10 Esteban Ocon FRA Alpine F1 Team + 20.868s 11 Nicholas Latifi CAN Williams Racing + 23.743s 12 Sebastian Vettel GER Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team + 24.621s 13 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen + 27.216s 14 Robert Kubica POL Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen + 29.769s 15 Mick Schumacher GER Uralkali Haas F1 Team + 51.088s DNF Nikita Mazepin RUS Uralkali Haas F1 Team DNF Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing DNF Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team DNF Pierre Gasly FRA Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda DNF Yuki Tsunoda JPN Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
It ends a nine-year winning drought for McLaren, with the British outfit’s previous victory coming at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo had dominated the opening stint of the race to stay ahead of Verstappen but the Australian’s route to an eighth career victory was cleared when Verstappen and Hamilton came to blows at Turn 1 in a dramatic incident.
Polesitter Verstappen had dropped down the order following an awful pit stop and was trying to pass Hamilton as the seven-time world champion emerged from the pits following his own stop.
Verstappen attempted to go around the outside but the pair collided at the exit and both cars ended up beached in the gravel, with Verstappen’s Red Bull landing on top of Hamilton’s Mercedes.
It came after a clash on the opening lap when Verstappen had forced Hamilton to run wide at the della Roggia chicane as the pair battled it out for second place, with Hamilton dropping back behind Norris to fourth.
The Monza clash marks the second time this season Verstappen and Hamilton have collided, following their controversial crash at the British Grand Prix in July.
Ricciardo aced the restart following a lengthy safety car period, while teammate Norris jumped Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to move into second, securing McLaren’s first 1-2 finish since the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.
“For anyone who thought I left, I never left,” Ricciardo exclaimed over team radio after crossing the line.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas turned in a stunning recovery drive from the back of the grid to complete the podium in third after Sergio Perez, who finished third on the road, was demoted to fourth with a time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage when he passed Leclerc.
Leclerc subsequently took fourth ahead of the penalised Perez, while Carlos Sainz finished sixth in the second Ferrari.
Lance Stroll, Fernando Alonso, George Russell and Esteban Ocon completed the rest of the top 10.
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