Ricciardo Grabs Italian GP Victory, Verstappen and Hamilton crash

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Daniel Ricciardo has gained the F1 Italian Grand Prix, giving McLaren its first win since 2012 and a exceptional one-two as Lando Norris got here in second as nicely. The race additionally noticed Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashing out.

In all, 5 drivers — Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Nikita Mazepin, Pierre Gasly, and Yuki Tsunoda — didn’t end. 

Ricciardo powered by Verstappen early on within the race, taking the lead and making no errors until the end line. The Australian driver had not led a race since 2018. The win earns the 32-year-old his eighth F1 victory, and his first since Monaco in 2018.

“Deep down I knew this was gonna come,” Ricciardo mentioned after claiming his victory. “So thanks … thanks for having my again. And for anybody who thought I left, I by no means left. I simply moved apart for some time. Thanks guys.”

Verstappen vs Hamilton

Including on to the drama, Verstappen and Hamilton crashed about midway via the race, when the Dutchman tried to overhaul the Briton on a chicane. He didn’t have sufficient room, inflicting his wheels to come back into contact with Hamilton’s. The outcome was each automobiles coming off the observe, with the Crimson Bull sitting partially on the Mercedes. After the crash, Hamilton spoke concerning the crash, and mentioned the halo saved his life. “I really feel very, very lucky at this time thank God for the halo,” he mentioned. “That did in the end save me, , and saved my neck.”

That is the third time the pair have come collectively this season, after Imola and Silverstone. For his half within the current incident, Verstappen has been handed a three-place grid penalty on the upcoming Russian GP.

In the meantime, it’s a joyous affair for McLaren because it heralds the top of their nine-year winless drought since Jenson Button at Brazil in 2012.  

The general driver standings on the finish of the Italian Grand Prix leaves Ricciardo with 83 factors ending up in eighth place, and Verstappen and Hamilton battling for the highest place with 226.5 and 221.5 factors respectively.

The 2021 F1 season returns in two weeks on September 26 in Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix.

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