Valtteri Bottas triumphs, but Max Verstappen is the great sprint winner of the Italian Grand Prix

The Dutchman will start on Sunday after the penalty received by the Nordic for changing the power unit.

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Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won the sprint of the Italian Grand Prix, 14th date of the Formula 1 World Championship, although his triumph will not be worth anything for Sunday since You will need to start from the bottom after changing your fourth power unit. Consequently, the first place on the grid will be for the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull).

In a circuit where Mercedes has been competitive, as demonstrated by the work of Bottas, who in addition to the success of this Saturday was also the fastest in Friday's qualifying; The balance at Monza has tipped in favor of Verstappen and Red Bull.

Valtteri BottasOutgunned by the Black Arrows on every outing on the track, Mad Max now has a great opportunity to increase his lead at the head of the championship. Not only because he will start first after the Bottas penalty, but because the Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), his rival in the fight for the crown, will do so from fourth place.

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The multiple champion, who had escorted his partner in the timed run, had a terrible start and lost positions that he could not regain. He came fifth, although with the sanction to the Nordic he won a place on the starting grid. However, by not adding points lost two goals over Verstappen, which now leads it by five units.

In the sprint, which was done over 18 laps, McLaren confirmed the good performance of Friday with the Australian Daniel Ricciardo in third place and English Lando Norris, fifth. The Italian also stood out Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), which came eighth just behind the drivers of Ferrari, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc and Spanish Carlos Sainz.

The only incident occurred during the first lap with the Frenchman's oversight at the Grande curve Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), winner last year on this track. The same occurred after detaching the front wing as a result of a touch with Norris.


1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 18 27:54.078 3
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 18 +2.325s 2
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 18 +14.534s 1
4 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 18 +18.835s 0
5 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 18 +20.011s 0
6 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 18 +23.442s 0
7 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 18 +27.952s 0
8 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 18 +31.089s 0
9 11 Sergio Pérez RED BULL RACING HONDA 18 +31.680s 0
10 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 18 +38.671s 0
11 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 18 +39.795s 0
12 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 18 +41.177s 0
13 31 Esteban Or with ALPINE RENAULT 18 +43.373s 0
14 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 18 +45.977s 0
15 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 18 +46.821s 0
16 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 18 +49.977s 0
17 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 18 +62.599s 0
18 88 Robert Kubica ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 18 +65.096s 0
19 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 18 +66.154s 0

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