Ricciardo snatches Italian GP after Hamilton and Verstappen crash out
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Daniel Ricciardo won the Formula One Italian Grand Prix on Sunday as the Australian took advantage of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s dramatic crash which eliminated both championship rivals.
Ricciardo surprises in McLaren one-two
Ricciardo was followed by his McLaren teammate Lando Norris in the British team’s first win since the 2012 Brazilian GP, while Valtteri Bottas will take third despite starting in last place due to a five-second time penalty for Sergio Perez.
Red Bull’s Verstappen leads seven-time world champion, Hamilton, by five points at the top of the drivers’ standings as they both finished in the gravel following their crash halfway through the race. It is the second time that a collision with Hamilton has seen the Dutchman knocked out of a race.
Hamilton was exiting the pits on Lap 26 of 53 when he arrived alongside Verstappen, the pair going side by side through the Variante del Rettifilo, but making contact, with Verstappen flying through the air and coming to rest on top of the Mercedes. Both drivers were unhurt, but out of the race
Ricciardo had pledged “total attack” after starting from second on the grid and the 32-year-old Australian made the most of the most dramatic moment of an eventful race when Hamilton re-entered the Monza track from the pit lane.
Verstappen tried to dart past Hamilton just after the Briton’s pit stop but ended up with his back wheel rolling over the top of his rival’s Mercedes, narrowly missing Hamilton’s head.
Both drivers then slid into the gravel and were forced to retire from the race, which Hamilton was hoping to make his 100th Grand Prix victory.
Verstappen was reportedly fuming at Hamilton, saying his rival gave him “no space” in a crash which will be investigated by the stewards after the race.
Ricciardo then powered to victory backed up by his teammate Norris and was ecstatic as the pair earned McLaren’s first one-two finish in 11 years.
Italian Grand Prix Results
|1||3||Daniel Ricciardo||MCLAREN MERCEDES||53||1:21:54.365||26|
|2||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN MERCEDES||53||+1.747s||18|
|5||11||Sergio Perez||RED BULL RACING HONDA||53||+8.723s||10|
|7||18||Lance Stroll||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||53||+15.804s||6|
|8||14||Fernando Alonso||ALPINE RENAULT||53||+17.201s||4|
|9||63||George Russell||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||53||+19.742s||2|
|10||31||Esteban Ocon||ALPINE RENAULT||53||+20.868s||1|
|11||6||Nicholas Latifi||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||53||+23.743s|
|12||5||Sebastian Vettel||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||53||+24.621s|
|13||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||53||+27.216s|
|14||88||Robert Kubica||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||53||+29.769s|
|15||47||Mick Schumacher||HAAS FERRARI||53||+51.088s|
|NC||9||Nikita Mazepin||HAAS FERRARI||41||DNF|
|NC||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||25||DNF|
|NC||10||Pierre Gasly||ALPHATAURI HONDA||3||DNF|
|NC||22||Yuki Tsunoda||ALPHATAURI HONDA||DNS|
* Provisional results. Note – Ricciardo scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race. Perez received a 5-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.