Verstappen wins 10 in a row, Sainz takes first podium of 2023

Jaden Diaz
3 Sep, 2023

Max Verstappen secured a tenth consecutive victory in Monza, despite the efforts of Ferrari. Red Bull secured a 1-2 finish with the Ferrari duo of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc fighting for the podiumThere was an intense battle in the Maranello team, with Carlos Sainz taking the podium after defending for most of his afternoon. Mercedes were immediately behind, ahead of McLaren and Aston Martin, with Bottas taking a point for Alfa Romeo.

The Alternative Tyre Allocation influenced free practice and the use of tires over the weekend, adding a spanner in the works for the Grand Prix. Mediums were the choice of tyre for most of the field, aside from Hamilton, Bottas and Magnussen who use a set of used Hards.

There were problems in the formation lap for Yuki Tsunoda, who retired on his way to the grid.

Sainz and Leclerc tried their best to pressure Verstappen on the first lap, whilst Alex Albon made a crucial overtake on Piastri to start the race.

Verstappen stayed Carlos Sainz’s DRS, while Leclerc ran just behind. Pierre Gasly made the first stop of the race on lap 11, as the top three pulled away and kept within touching distance of each other.

Sainz

Verstappen passed Sainz on lap 15 after the Spaniard locked up into Turn 1. Perez then overtook Russell while Albon dived into the pits. Verstappen extended his lead, gaining a second per lap on the Ferrari’s. Meanwhile, Hamilton closed the gap to the McLaren pair.

George Russell received a 5-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage after passing Ocon at the pit exit. Sainz, Leclerc and Perez fought for third position, with Hamilton extending his hard stint.

There wmall contact at the exit of the pits between Piastri and Norris, with the Australian trying to stay ahead of his teammate, who had been called back first despite being behind.

Leclerc defended from Sergio Perez until lap 32 when the Mexican secured the overtake. The fight between Norris and Albon continued, with the British driver unable to pass the slippery FW45.

Sainz

The battles heated up from lap 41. Perez began his attack on Carlos Sainz, before eventually wearing down the Spaniard’s defences. Meanwhile, Hamilton and Piastri made contact at the end of sector 1.

The Australian was forced into the pits with damage, though Hamilton managed to continue – though not without receiving a 5-second penalty. 

Sergio Perez, at the same time, also takes second position from Carlos Sainz, leaving the two Ferraris to fight for P3.

The battle between Sainz and Leclerc for third was intense, as the teammates battled in the closing stages. Ferrari instructed Leclerc to take “no risks”, although there were several uncomfortable moments for the Italian garage.

Author: Paolo D’Alessandro

Translation: Jaden Diaz-Ndisang

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