A sensational Grand Prix of Italy with Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) got a surprising winner. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) came second and Lance Stroll (Racing Point) third. Max Verstappen dropped out halfway through the race.
Verstappen started on the Monza circuit in fifth place and dropped back to seventh place after a poor start. At a restart of the race after a heavy crash of Charles Leclerc he had to start from eleventh position. Shortly afterwards the Limburger quit the race and got out of his car full of displeasure.
Valtteri Bottas saw the McLarens of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris pass after a bad start in the first corners and a little later Sergio Pérez and Daniel Ricciardo had to pass as well.
Something before those skirmishes off World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) did what he’s used to do. The world champion made no mistakes from pole position and quickly made a gap with the chasers.
Kevin Magnussen unintentionally turned everything upside down by parking his broken Hare at the pitlane entrance in lap 20. The safety car appeared and the traffic light at the pitlane was red. Hamilton ignored the entry ban, which put him on a ‘stop and go’ of 10 seconds.
More problems for Ferrari
For the Ferrari race stable the problems persisted. The famous Formula 1 team is going through an extremely bad season and can’t compete in the front spots. In Italy it was quickly ready for Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Leclerc.
The German Vettel, working on his last season in the red Italian racing car, had to give up on the sixth lap with a broken brake line. The Monegask Leclerc crashed hard in the 25th lap in the last corner of the circuit, the Parabolica.
After the crash of the Ferrari the race was temporarily stopped. When after the restart the smoke of punishments and stops had lifted, Gasly suddenly had the best papers. Sainz insisted, but Gasly held on. The Frenchman thus obtained his first victory in Formula 1.