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Max Verstappen – 10

Verstappen was as soon as once more faultless at Monza as he scored his first-ever victory (and podium) on the Italian Grand Prix. Pink Bull targeted on race preparation, explaining his lack of ability to topple Leclerc for pole place. Like at Spa-Francorchamps, his grid penalty made no distinction as he sliced by means of the sphere with ease, in the end taking the lead of the race from Leclerc after Ferrari opted for a two-stop technique.

Charles Leclerc – 9

Leclerc confirmed why he’s F1’s finest qualifier with one other stellar lap at Monza. Sadly on race day, it seemed like Ferrari didn’t have the race tempo or tyre administration to compete with Pink Bull. A two-stop technique was by no means going to work out and it didn’t.

George Russell – 7

Russell was lucky to begin on the entrance row of the grid however together with his principal rivals (Sainz, Hamilton and Perez) all serving engine penalties, he had an open purpose when it comes to the rostrum. The Mercedes driver did not do an excessive amount of flawed however most drivers would have completed on the rostrum in that place.

Carlos Sainz – 8

The Spaniard deserves lots of credit score for his fast restoration by means of the sphere, demonstrating his excellent race craft. Sainz overtook Perez on Lap 33 when he switched onto the softs earlier than starting his pursuit of Russell forward. Fourth was a positive restoration and doubtless the utmost consequence he might have achieved. 

Lewis Hamilton – 7

Hamilton wasn’t capable of fly by means of the sphere like Sainz however that’s in all probability not a shock given Mercedes’ common straight-line pace efficiency. Hamilton stayed out lengthy on the mediums earlier than switching onto the softs, pulling off a powerful double overtake on his approach to ending fifth.

Sergio Perez – 6

It was one other woeful qualifying show from Perez as he certified practically one-second down on teammate Verstappen. The Mexican’s restoration on Sunday was hampered by an early pit cease onto the hards after flat-spotting his entrance tyres. He managed to recuperate to sixth however total, one other disappointing weekend.

Lando Norris – 8

A clutch subject price Norris firstly and even pressured him throughout the Flip 1 chicane within the opening part of the race. As soon as Ricciardo and Gasly stopped for hards, Norris was capable of present his true tempo and doubtlessly overcut the pack behind. Sadly, an premature pit cease price him observe place however on new smooth tyres, he shortly rectified McLaren’s mistake.

Pierre Gasly – 8

It’s been a troublesome season for Gasly and AlphaTauri however they returned to the factors with a powerful weekend. He certified inside the highest 10 and made the many of the penalty scenario to select up 4 factors – transferring AlphaTauri only a level behind Haas within the constructors’ championship.

Nyck de Vries – 10 

There’s little question that Williams had been very aggressive this weekend however de Vries deserves an unlimited quantity of credit score for his F1 debut. He managed to make Q2 earlier than ending ninth in his first outing. A exceptional show from the Dutchman who’s Mercedes’ reserve driver however, on this show, might earn himself an F1 seat for 2023.

Zhou Guanyu – 7

A welcome return to the factors for Zhou at Alfa Romeo. Whereas he did profit from all of the engine penalties to maneuver up the grid to ninth, it’s a deserved consequence given his improved run of type in latest races. 

Esteban Ocon – 6

Alpine by no means fairly had the tempo at Monza regardless of many tipping them for an excellent weekend due to their sturdy straight-line pace. Ocon was one of many drivers hit by a giant grid penalty (dropping him to 14th) however he wasn’t capable of recuperate on race day.

Mick Schumacher – 6

Like Alpine, Haas weren’t too aggressive at Monza. Schumacher was as soon as once more faster than Magnussen, notably as he solely was out-qualified by the Dane due to a scarcity of follow time. Factors had been by no means on the desk so it’s onerous to be too harsh on the German.

Valtteri Bottas – 6

A 3rd grid penalty in six races meant Bottas’ weekend was going to be robust. Nonetheless, a poor Lap 1 (clipping the again of a slow-moving Magnussen) meant he had no likelihood of ending within the high 10 like his teammate. An unlucky Lap 1 after a stable qualifying show.

Yuki Tsunoda – 6

Tsunoda began from the again of the grid after taking new engine penalties in addition to serving a 10-place grid penalty for selecting up his fifth reprimand of the yr. The Japanese driver ran within the fringes of the factors however dropped down in a while.

Nicholas Latifi – 3

Latifi was destroyed by a driver who had very restricted expertise within the Williams automotive. The writing is on the wall for Latifi and certainly his F1 profession will come to an finish on the finish of the season.

Kevin Magnussen – 4

One other scrappy race from Magnussen, who was hit with a five-second penalty early on for gaining an “unfair benefit”. He was slower than Schumacher once more and didn’t characteristic a lot in the course of the 53-lap race.

Daniel Ricciardo – 7

It was certainly one of Ricciardo’s stronger weekends. Like in 2021, Ricciardo drove effectively, notably within the first half of the race, maintaining Gasly, Norris and co. behind. The Australian was going to complete within the factors had it not been for a mechanical failure within the closing laps, inflicting the much-talked about Security Automobile.

Lance Stroll – 5

Aston Martin confirmed after the race that Stroll was pressured to retire as they wished to “save engine mileage”. Earlier than that, regardless of a powerful grid place, Aston Martin didn’t actually have the tempo, being the slowest crew in a straight-line.

Fernando Alonso – 8

A suspected water strain price Alonso an eleventh factors end in a row. The faster of the 2 Alpines at Monza.

Sebastian Vettel – 6

An ERS subject pressured Vettel to retire on Lap 12. He out-qualified his teammate and was working forward of him earlier than his retirement after an aggressive overtake on Lap 2.

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