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Max Verstappen denies Charles Leclerc in Monza for fifth straight victory

Max Verstappen won the Formula One Italian Grand Prix. Max Verstappen claimed his first win or podium finish, at Monza after fighting from seventh on the grid to beat Charles Leclerc over the line. He is 116 points ahead of Charles Leclerc in the driver standings after winning a race whose final six laps were run with the safety car after Daniel Riccardo slid off the track.

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Key Points

  • George Russell of Mercedes rounded off the podium, while teammate of Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, came fourth after starting at 18th position.
  • Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton also raced from the back of the Mercedes and finished in the fifth position, while Nyck de Vries finished ninth in his F1 debut.
  • Before the race ended, Verstappen shifted from fourth place to the first position by the end of the first lap. Verstappen took the lead on lap 13 when a virtual safety car was introduced after Sebastian Vettel crashed out and Leclerc pitted.
  • However, Leclerc re-entered the track with no mishaps, but Verstappen pitted on lap 26 to change from his softs to mediums and rejoin the fray just behind Leclerc with the same compound in which his Ferrari rival had already driven around the track 13 times.

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