Round 16- Italian GP

Round 16 is now complete, and so is the Italian Grand Prix, where we had a very mixed up grid for the start of the race but the Tifosi came out in full force!

But for the fifth time in the row and for the first time in Monza, Max Verstappen wins, Charles Leclerc comes home for Ferrari in 2nd and Mr George Russell grabs another podium finishing P3.

The full top 10 are- P1: Verstappen, P2: Leclerc, P3: Russell, P4: Sainz, P5: Hamilton, P6: Perez, P7: Norris, P8: Gasly, P9: De Vries and P10: Guanyu.

Can we just take a moment for Nyck de Vries, drives in an Aston Martin in FP1 on Friday, gets the call up 45 minutes before FP3 to jump in Albon’s car, debut F1 race weekend and gets into Q2, then with the penalties he moves up into the top 10! But today is where it mattered, he scored his first F1 points on his debut (get this man a seat!!!!)

Another great drive from Max! Now onto his 30th win of his F1 career and its not going to be the last, the Dutchman can actually clinch the title at the next race in Singapore.

A good result for Lando today, but the Monza curse strikes again as Daniel DNF’ed due to a possible oil leak which caused him to loose the engine, hopefully better luck soon!

After qualifying, I thought the Alpine’s would’ve been a bit more further up the grid but it just wasn’t meant to be. Alonso retired in the pits, and Ocon finished 11th, so close to the points.

The Championship-

Max increases his gap in the Championship, Leclerc has managed to pull a little bit of a gap out between himself and Perez. Russell is now catching up to Perez in the Drivers, as the British driver has pulled a 16 point gap to Sainz.

Not much has changed in the Constructors, just the gap between RB and Ferrari increased, Mercedes are only 35 points away from Ferrari. Alpine remains in 4th on 125 points and McLaren in 5th.

We now have a bit of a wait until the next race, and its returning for the first time since 2019! The weekend of the 30th September to 2nd October is the Singapore Grand Prix and is round 17!

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