2022 F1, Italian GP results: Verstappen denies Ferrari victory

Ferrari and Leclerc settle for second place; Russell completes podium.

Max Verstappen denied Ferrari victory on home soil as he won the Italian GP to further extend his championship lead. The race itself witnessed a rather anti-climactic end as the field crossed the chequered flag behind the Safety Car.

  • Verstappen wins, ahead of Leclerc and Russell
  • Extends championship lead to 116 points
  • De Vries scores points on F1 debut

Verstappen’s first podium at Monza

Verstappen was one of the multiple drivers who took grid penalties for new power unit components and he started seventh on the grid as a result. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc may have taken pole position on Saturday, but Red Bull’s pace advantage became apparent during the race and by Lap 5, Verstappen had already overtaken George Russell to move up to second place.

As Sebastian Vettel’s retirement triggered the Virtual Safety Car on Lap 12, Ferrari opted to pit Leclerc for fresh medium tyres, while Red Bull kept Verstappen out to extend his first stint. The Dutch driver eventually pitted on Lap 26, momentarily handing Leclerc the lead once again.

But Leclerc pitted for a second time on Lap 33. Though he had a 10-lap tyre advantage over Verstappen, he was nearly 20 seconds adrift and never really managed to claw back that time.

Just when it seemed like Verstappen would take an assured win, Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren stopped on Lap 48/53 bringing out the Safety Car. Fans were hoping this would set the stage for a final showdown between Verstappen and Leclerc. However, that didn’t play out as Ricciardo’s car was stuck in gear and had to be moved with a cherry picker, resulting in the race ending behind the Safety Car.

Verstappen cruised to victory, making his first-ever podium appearance at Monza, ahead of Leclerc and Russell. “The start was very good. I had a clean [entry into the] chicane and then I could quickly get back into my rhythm and get into second. It was really good on the tyres, it was really enjoyable to drive today even though it was quite hot out there, but great day for us,” said Verstappen.

De Vries scores points on F1 debut

Carlos Sainz, another driver who took grid penalties, battled his way up the field from P18 to fourth. He was followed by Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly.

Nyck de Vries finished ninth for Williams to score points on his F1 debut. The 2021 Formula E champion was called in at the last moment to replace Alexander Albon, who had to sit out the race after being diagnosed with appendicitis. He was one of the drivers who benefited from the  Safety Car as he was struggling with his medium tyres while battling with Zhou Guanyu towards the end.

2022 F1 championship standings

Verstappen has now extended his lead to 116 points over second-placed Leclerc. The lead is big enough for Verstappen to have a mathematical chance of sealing the championship at the next round in Singapore (October 2). He’ll have to out-score Leclerc by 22 points to do so, though.

2022 F1 Italian GP results

2022 Italian GP results
Pos Driver Team
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
3 George Russell Mercedes
4 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
6 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing
7 Lando Norris McLaren
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
9 Nyck de Vries Williams
10 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine
12 Mick Schumacher Haas
13 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas
NC Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
NC Lance Stroll Aston Martin
NC Fernando Alonso Alpine
NC Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin

Also see:

Dutch GP: Verstappen beats Mercedes to win home race

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