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ITALIAN GP: VERSTAPPEN MAKES HISTORY, HOME DUEL FOR FERRARI



Max Verstappen continues to etch pages of history in Formula 1, solidifying his dominance with ten consecutive victories across different corners of the world. This remarkable feat even surpasses the extraordinary run of Sebastian Vettel in 2013 when the German driver monopolized the races from Belgium to Brazil. Currently 25 years old, with his 26th birthday just around the corner on September 30th, Verstappen is emerging as one of the most talented and relentless drivers this sport has ever witnessed.


In the Italian Grand Prix, Carlos Sainz did his best to resist the unstoppable Verstappen, but by the 15th lap, the Dutch driver once again displayed his mastery. In a bold overtaking maneuver at the First Chicane, Verstappen sealed his superiority, leaving no room for rebuttal.


From that point onward, Verstappen managed the race with ease, even allowing his teammate Sergio Perez to reduce the gap to just 6 seconds. Perez did an admirable job, fighting his way up from fifth place and executing three decisive overtakes.


On the other hand, Carlos Sainz displayed tenacity until the very end, desperately trying to keep the two Red Bulls at bay, despite their evident superiority. Charles Leclerc also joined the fray, attempting to surprise his teammate right up to the checkered flag. Despite constant pressure, Sainz held his ground, responding with determination even when Leclerc briefly managed to overtake.


Both drivers pushed their limits, with blocks and cuts through corners that had the adrenaline pumping for the numerous fans present, especially after Carlos Sainz's pole position. Not even the team radio advice, including the classic "avoid taking unnecessary risks," could restrain Leclerc, who risked damaging his car in a daring maneuver. In the end, Sainz rightfully earned a place on the podium and was warmly applauded by fans as he collected his trophy.


Mercedes had a fluctuating race, with George Russell initially keeping pace with the leaders but settling for fifth place after the pit stop. Lewis Hamilton, on the other hand, staged a remarkable comeback, climbing up to sixth place after slipping to ninth at the start of the race. Not without controversy, Hamilton was involved in a collision with Oscar Piastri, resulting in a 5-second penalty.


The young Australian driver, Piastri, responded with determination to Hamilton's initial attack, causing him to cut the chicane. However, in the following lap, Hamilton closed in on Piastri, causing damage to the Australian's McLaren's wing. Despite the penalty, Hamilton managed to maintain his position ahead of Alexander Albon, thanks to an excellent performance in the closing stages of the race.


The race was also eventful for other drivers, with Lando Norris and Albon battling it out, while Fernando Alonso secured a solid ninth place. Valtteri Bottas secured the final available point, recovering after a challenging start. It was unfortunate for Liam Lawson, who missed out on a points-scoring opportunity in only his second Grand Prix due to an unfavorable pit stop strategy.


The Haas team had a challenging day, with Kevin Magnussen finishing at the back of the pack and Nico Hulkenberg only managing a 17th-place finish despite a strong start. Esteban Ocon retired in the pits, marking a forgettable race for the Alpine team. Unfortunately, Yuki Tsunoda failed to start the race due to an engine issue during the formation lap, leading to a 20-minute delay in the race start.




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