Max Verstappen wins ahead of Charles Leclerc

Dhe Formula 1 as a listening experience: On Sunday in Monza it began with a dignified silence. During the line-up for the Italian Grand Prix, the huge convoy and thousands of spectators commemorated the late Queen Elizabeth II. Only generators hummed. About 90 minutes later, most of the estimated 100,000 spectators celebrated Charles Leclerc, if only out of defiance. A mighty chorus carried the Monegasque, although he finished second in the national Ferrari model ahead of George Russell (Mercedes).

Leclerc had to admit defeat to Max Verstappen again. The Dutchman won for the fifth time in a row, eleventh time this season. His lead in the drivers’ standings grew to 116 points over Leclerc. At the next race in Singapore he can become world champion for the second time after the sovereign tour in Lombardy. There was also an unmistakable comment on this performance from the stands: whistles and boos. Losing is an art.

The Ferraristi went much too fast at the beginning of the afternoon: Verstappen needed five laps to circle with tremendous momentum where he had been on Saturday after qualifying: in second place behind pole winner Leclerc. In no time at all, the Dutchman compensated for his relegation to seventh place on the grid.

Like eight other colleagues, he accepted this disadvantage in order to be able to have a new drive installed. If the quota of three per season is exhausted, there are dismissals. No problem for Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes, who sped off penultimate and finished fifth. Carlos Sainz made it from 18th to fourth in the second Ferrari. But the world champion didn’t have it that far.

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