Max Verstappen’s Record-Breaking Win at Italian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen, the runaway leader in Formula One, has achieved an incredible milestone by securing his 10th consecutive victory at the Italian Grand Prix. This remarkable triumph took place on Ferrari’s home track, making it an even more impressive feat for Verstappen and the Red Bull Racing Team.
Immediately after crossing the finish line, Verstappen shared his excitement on the team radio, saying, “That’s a nice stat.” Indeed, it is a fantastic achievement in the world of Formula One, solidifying Verstappen’s dominance in the sport.
A Flawless Performance
Verstappen’s win at Monza was nothing short of flawless. He managed to beat his teammate, Sergio Pérez, by a significant margin of 6.064 seconds. Carlos Sainz Jr. secured the third position, but it was a fierce battle between him and Charles Leclerc for the final spot on Monza’s iconic podium. Sainz finished just 11.193 seconds behind Verstappen, with Leclerc right on his tail.
“I never would have believed that was possible, but we had to work for it today, and that made it definitely a lot more fun,” Verstappen said.
Verstappen initially started in the second position, behind Sainz. However, he quickly made his move at the start of lap 15 and continued to display the remarkable pace that has characterized his season. Once he took the lead, no one could match the speed of the Red Bull Racing car.
Sainz, who put up a valiant fight to keep up with the Red Bulls, admitted, “Very tough, very tough. It can’t get any tougher than it was today. To keep up with the Red Bulls, I paid the price with the rear tires, but I did everything I could to defend.”
This victory further solidified Max Verstappen’s commanding lead in the Formula One championship. He now enjoys a staggering 145-point lead, highlighting the dominance of the 25-year-old Dutch driver in this season.
Verstappen’s winning streak began with a victory at the Dutch Grand Prix, where he matched Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One record of nine consecutive wins. He is now closing in on his own record of 15 wins set last year and has a total of 47 victories in his career. Pérez has contributed two wins this season, and Red Bull Racing has dominated, winning 24 of the past 25 races, including last year.
With eight more races remaining, Red Bull Racing has the opportunity to achieve a historic perfect season in Formula One. Verstappen expressed his pride in the team’s efforts, stating, “What we are doing at the moment, winning every race this year, it’s something that we definitely are enjoying because I don’t think these kind of seasons come around very often.”
Reflecting on his 10th consecutive win, Verstappen added, “That’s the same of course with winning 10 in a row.”
Verstappen’s Success at Monza
Max Verstappen’s victory at Monza marks his second consecutive win at this iconic track. Prior to last year, he had never finished higher than fifth at the Italian Grand Prix. His bid for a record-breaking win faced a minor delay as Yuki Tsunoda experienced a suspected power unit failure during the formation lap, leading to an aborted start and a shortened race.
Ferrari had high hopes of winning at the Temple of Speed for the first time since 2019. Carlos Sainz, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday, got off to a strong start by holding off Verstappen into the first corner, delighting the passionate red-clad tifosi in attendance.
Sainz valiantly defended against Verstappen’s attempts to pass him, creating an intense battle between the two drivers. However, Sainz’s brakes locked going into the first chicane on lap 15, allowing Verstappen to seize the opportunity and pull away.
Sainz then had to fend off Pérez for second place, ultimately losing that battle with just four laps remaining. He also had to fight hard to keep Leclerc behind and secure the final podium place.
Speaking about his performance, Sainz said, “Very happy because a P3 in Monza in front of the tifosi is as good as it can get, at least for this weekend because clearly Red Bull were in the end quite a bit quicker than us today as we expected. It was a day to try, and I tried everything I could to keep them behind.”
Other Notable Finishers
George Russell secured fifth place, ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Both drivers received five-second penalties in separate incidents but still managed respectable finishes. Alex Albon matched his best finish of the season with seventh place, while Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso, and Valtteri Bottas completed the top 10.
This remarkable Formula One victory by Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix underscores his dominance in the sport and sets the stage for an exciting remainder of the season. With Red Bull Racing’s impressive performance, Formula One fans can look forward to witnessing if they can achieve a historic perfect year.
(This story has not been edited by Smartkhabrinews staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Associated Press)