Updated: Sep 26
Verstappen finished in 2nd in the Sprint Qualifying, but starts in the pole
"To be on pole tomorrow at a track like this is a real positive for us, we had a good start and the race went better than expected" ~ Max Verstappen
F1 is in Monza
Formula-1 is in Monza for today's Grand Prix, the temple of speed, house of Ferrari, where we see all the great Tifosi fans!
Last year in Italian GP 2020
Pierre Gasly from Alpha Tauri won the Italian GP! It was unbelievable, nobody would ever imagine this race result. Yes, starting from 10th position, he finished in 1st! At that time, since 1996, when Oliver Panis won the Monaco GP, we did not see a French driver winning a Grand Prix, amazing!
The race result was unpredictable, with two safety car entries, a red flag, stop and go penalty for Lewis Hamilton, a break failure on Vettel's Ferrari and strong crash with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.
Carlos Sainz had a good fight with Gasly at the end of the race, but the Spanish driver was unable to pass the winner, finishing in 2nd, second time this year of 2020 that a McLaren finishes in the podium position.
Finishing in 3rd position, another surprise, Lance Stroll from Racing Point, the Canadian driver had this experience before, back on Azerbaijan GP 2017, it has been a while ago.
The drivers that have been dominating the podium so far this year, Bottas finished in 5th, just behind the other McLaren of Lando Norris in 4th and Hamilton finished in 7th, just behind the Renault of Daniel Riccardo in 6th. Unfortunately the Dutch driver Verstappen retired due to an engine problem.
What a race my friends!!!
Please, invite you all to watch the incredible race highlights on the link below.
What to expect from the Italian GP 2021?
Verstappen will start in the pole with Daniel Ricciardo in second, even though Bottas finished in 1st in the Sprint Qualifying, he has a grid penalty and will start in last today, so it promoted all the drivers to one position ahead.
The start for Hamilton wasn't good and soon lost space to Verstappen, Ricciardo and Lando Norris, would probably lose his position to Gasly as well, if the French driver haven't collided his front wing with the back of Ricciardo's McLaren, having a DNF soon after.
In general the positions didn't change much from the start, showing that on today's race the overtake will be difficult.
So the top 10 for the grid start will be Verstappen, Ricciardo, Norris, Hamilton, Leclerc, Sainz, Giovanazzi, Peréz, Stronll and Alonso, the complete list can be seen here.
The Dutch driver got 2 points yesterday for finishing in 2nd during the Sprint Qualigying, so his advantage over Hamilton is of 5 points now in the WDC, the race should be tough to overtake, so a good start might be decisive for the final result, although the Mercedes cars have higher speed, before the first pitstop, the things might be difficult for Lewis, if he gets stuck behind the McLarens. Safety car entrance can be possible, shaking the positions and giving us again an unpredictable result, like last year.
We hope to see a good race in Italy, please, see the highlight for the Sprint Qualifying on the link below.
Schedule for the Grand Prix
Race will light out today, September 12th, 2021 at 3:00 pm local time, 10:00am Brasilia time or 03:00pm Rome and Amsterdam time, or 02:00pm London time, or 09:00pm Taipei time. Let us watch the race in Italy!