Pierre Gasly earns first career F1 victory in thrilling Italian GP

It wasn’t an Italian manufacturer in victory lane at Monza, but an Italian team as Pierre Gasly and AlphaTauri scored their first career win in Formula 1 Sunday afternoon.

Action was aplenty early on at Monza. Shortly after lights out, Lando Norris got a wicked start and would go from sixth to third through the chicane, passing Valtteri Bottas.

Norris’ McLaren teammate, Carlos Sainz, moved up to second after clearing Bottas down the straight.

Daniel Ricciardo was able to jump up to fifth on the start, while Max Verstappen had a horrible first lap and was stuck in eighth before overtaking Lance Stroll on lap three.

Ferrari’s season from hell would continue as Sebastian Vettel would have a brake issue going into the chicane and would plow through foam barriers. He went to pit lane and the brake issue would prove to be fatal. Vettel became the first retirement of the day.

Alexander Albon would receive a five-second penalty in an incident with Romain Grosjean for failing to leave a car’s width at the edge of the track.

On lap 19, Kevin Magnussen pulled over to the side of the track and would retire. This would force a safety car to come out and the stewards to investigate Antonio Giovinazzi and Lewis Hamilton for pitting while the lane was closed. Giovinazzi and Hamilton would receive 10-second stop-and-go penalties.

Ferrari would be put out of their misery on the resumption lap after the safety car as Charles Leclerc would snap loose at Parabolica and slam the retaining wall, bringing an end to his day. The race would be red-flagged to repair the barriers.

It would be a standing restart to resume action at Monza. Hamilton would pull out to a two-second lead but would come down pit road to serve his stop-and-go penalty. Pierre Gasly would assume the lead with Kimi Raikkonen and Giovinazzi running behind him.

Verstappen would soon come to the pits and retire from the race. Back on the resumption lap, he locked up the brakes which made him drop all the way back to 14th place.

The battle for the win would come down to Gasly and Sainz. Sainz would slightly close the gap every lap and would receive DRS on the final lap, but it would not be enough as he came up just four-tenths short of Gasly. Sainz would finish second for his second career podium.

Stroll earned his first podium since 2017 with a third-place finish.

Norris finished fourth and Bottas rounded out the top five, which is only the second time he has missed the podium this season.

Hamilton would rally from the penalty to finish seventh.

F1 will stay in Italy next Sunday, but will head to Mugello Circuit for the first time in series history.

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