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.
Outgunned 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.
GRAND PRIZE OF ITALY | SPRINT
|POS.||PILOT||CAR||VTAS.||TIME / DIF||PTS.|
|2||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||18||+2.325s||2|
|8||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||18||+31.089s||0|
|9||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||18||+31.680s||0|
|10||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||18||+38.671s||0|
|12||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||18||+41.177s||0|
|18||88||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||18||+65.096s||0|