Max Verstappen wins ahead of Charles Leclerc

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. About 90 minutes later, most of the estimated 100,000 spectators cheered Charles Leclerc, if only out of defiance.

The Monegasque, second in the national model Ferrari, finished ahead of George Russell (Mercedes), but had to go back Max Verstappen give up. The Dutchman won for the fifth time in a row, eleventh time this season.

Whistles and boos

His lead in the drivers’ standings grew to 116 points over Leclerc. At the end of September at the next race in Singapore he can become world champion for the second time after the sovereign tour on Sunday in Lombardy. There was also audible commentary from the stands on this performance: 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 was on Saturday after qualifying: in second place behind the 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 had accepted this disadvantage in order to be able to install a new drive. If the contingent of three per season is exhausted, there will be starting place penalties. 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.

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