Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Race Recap September 2022

Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Race Recap September 2022

Round 16 in Italy, at Monza, was a wonderful race filled with all sorts of action! We saw DNFs, driving battles, and an unexpected ending. Let’s get into the details!


Here was our starting grid for Round 16 at the Italian Grand Prix, as based off Qualifying the day before and grid penalties have taken place:

*Starting Grid*

  1. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
  2. George Russell (Mercedes)
  3. Lando Norris (McLaren)


Lap 1 – Immediately into the race start, George Russell (Mercedes) took a deep lounge ahead of Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) to try and overtake for first, though he had to runoff into the chicane due to outside available room.


Lap 5 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) overtook George Russell (Mercedes) for 2nd place, already climbing up from 7th in only 5 laps! Max took a grid penalty due to replacing mechanical equipment, though this didn’t stop him from giving it his all.


Lap 8 – Sergio Perez (Red Bull) took an early pit stop for “Hard” tires, experiencing a brake fire prior to which had to be cooled down in the pit lane. During this time, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) overtook Zhou Gunayu (Alfa Romeo) and Nyck de Vries (Williams) to make up for his grid penalty.


Lap 11 – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) continued his trek up the ladder, passing Fernando Alosno (Alpine) and Lando Norris (McLaren) for 6th place as the two battled it out! Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) pulled off on the side of the track due to a total loss of engine power, forcing him to settle for a DNF. This incident called a VSC (Virtual Safety Car).


Lap 12 – Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) came into the pits for Medium tires and the VSC ended on Lap 13.


Lap 14 – Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) experienced the same brake lock on Turn 1 as George Russell (Mercedes) did on Lap 1, forcing him to go into the chicane and recover.

Lap 15 – Updated 1/2/3 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull), George Russell (Mercedes), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)


Lap 16 – Nicholas Latifi came into the pits for “Hard” tires


Lap 17 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) overtook Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) for 11th place, after starting 19th due to grid penalties.


Lap 19 – Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Zhou Gunayu (Alfa Romeo), and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) all came into the pits for “Hard” tires.


Lap 20 – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) came into the pits for “Hard” tires while Nyck de Vries (Williams) opted for “Medium” tires.


Lap 24 – George Russell (Mercedes) came into the pits for “Hard” tires


Lap 25 – Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) came into the pits for “Hard” tires and served aa 5-second time penalty while Max Verstappen (Red Bull) came in for “Medium” tires


Lap 27 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) passed Fernando Alonso (Alpine) for 6th place, coming from 19th place!


Lap 30 – Updated 1/2/3 – Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)


Lap 31 – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) came into the pits for “Soft” tires


Lap 32 – Fernando Alonso (Alpine) came into the pits and was forced to DNF due to mechanical failures


Lap 33 – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) surpassed Sergio Perez (Red Bull) for 5th place


Lap 34 – Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), and Mick Schumacher (HAAS) all came into the pits for “Soft” tires


Lap 36 – Lando Norris (McLaren) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) both came into the pits for “Soft” tires


Lap 37 – Lando Norris (McLaren) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) battled it out, causing each of them to slow down and get passed by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) for 6th place!


Lap 41 – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) was forced to come into the pits and settle for a DNF due to mechanical failures.


Lap 42 – Mick Schumacher (HAAS) and Nicholas Latifi (Williams) battled it out, leading to Mick taking the victory for 14th after a brave lunge into the corner


Lap 43 – Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) overtook Nicholas Latifi (Williams) on the main straight via DRS for 15th place, Sergio Perez (Red Bull) came into the pits and switched to a “Soft” tire after experiencing issues with his Hard tires.


Lap 45 – Updated 1/2/3 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), George Russell (Mercedes)


Lap 47 – Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) pulled off on the side of the track due to losing total engine power, forcing a Full Safety Car and a DNF for himself


Lap 48 – George Russell (Mercedes), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Lando Norris (McLaren), Charles LeClerc (FerrarI), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), and Nicholas Latifi (Williams) all came into the pits for “Soft” tires.


Lap 53 – The race came into an unexpected end under the Full Safety Car and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) claimed victorious!



The results of the Round 16 Italian Grand Prix resulted in the following:

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  2. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
  3. George Russell (Mercedes)
  4. (Fastest Lap) – Sergio Perez (Red Bull)– 1:24:030


Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Drivers Points:

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 335
  2. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) – 219
  3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 210
  4. George Russell (Mercedes) – 203
  5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 187
  6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 168
  7. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 88
  8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 66
  9. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 59
  10. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – 46
  11. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 22
  12. Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) – 22
  13. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 20
  14. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 19
  15. Mick Schumacher (HAAS) – 12
  16. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – 11
  17. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) – 6
  18. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 5
  19. Alexander Albon (Williams) -4
  20. Nyck de Vries (Williams) – 2
  21. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – 0
  22. Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin) – 0


Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Constructors Points:

  1. Red Bull – 545
  2. Ferrari – 406
  3. Mercedes – 371
  4. Alpine – 125
  5. McLaren – 107
  6. Alfa Romeo – 52
  7. HAAS – 34
  8. AlphaTauri – 33
  9. Aston Martin – 25
  10. Williams – 6


The Formula 1 season takes us next to Singapore for Round 17 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit! The Singapore Grand Prix will take place from September 30th – October 2nd. The Marina Bay Street Circuit is a 61-lap race consisting of 23 turns and spans 5.063km (3.146 miles) per lap. Kevin Magnussen currently holds the fastest lap time of 1:41:905 from the 2018 season!


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