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The 2021 Italian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Heineken Gran Premio D'Italia 2021) was the 14th race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza between September 10 and September 12 2021. The race weekend was the second weekend to trial the new sprint qualifying format.

Daniel Ricciardo gave McLaren's first victory since 2012 with Lando Norris and Valtteri Bottas finishing behind, the latter starting from last due to engine penalties, as both title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen both collided and retired.


Background[]

In the build-up to the race a number of driver changes were announced. On Monday after the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, Valtteri Bottas was announced to be joining Alfa Romeo in a multi-year deal beginning 2022, replacing the outgoing Kimi Räikkönen. George Russell thus took over Bottas' seat at Mercedes, while Alexander Albon, who was dropped from Red Bull at the end of 2020 was announced to make his return to F1 joining Williams alongside Nicholas Latifi.

Robert Kubica was announced to be driving for Alfa Romeo for the weekend, as Räikkönen was yet to recover from COVID-19.

Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin both ran special liveries for the weekend. Alfa Romeo ran a special Italian livery, while Aston Martin ran a James Bond branding to promote the upcoming latest Bond film No Time To Die.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Source:[1]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Hamilton topped Q1 with Russell initially joining Latifi, Schumacher, Kubica and Mazepin in out of Q1, only for him to be promoted into Q2 after Tsunoda's lap time was deleted for track limits violation.

Q2[]

Hamilton topped Q2 again, despite being involved in a near-miss with Vettel as all drivers left to begin their final runs. Eliminated in Q2 were Vettel, Stroll, Alonso, Ocon and Russell. Aston Martin and Alpine were subsequently fined €5,000 each for unsafe releases.

Q3[]

Despite dipping his wheels into the Roggia gravel on his first run, Bottas nevertheless improved to set the overall fastest time, with Hamilton almost a hundreths of a second behind and Verstappen in third.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 2 1:20.685 2 1:19.936 1 1:19.555 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1 1:20.543 1 1:19.936 2 1:19.651 2
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 4 1:21.035 4 1:20.229 3 1:19.966 3
4 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:20.916 3 1:20.059 4 1:19.989 4
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:21.292 5 1:20.435 5 1:19.995 5
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 12 1:21.440 6 1:20.556 6 1:20.260 6
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 5 1:21.118 8 1:20.750 7 1:20.462 7
8 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 7 1:21.219 9 1:20.767 8 1:20.510 8
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 9 1:21.308 10 1:20.882 9 1:20.611 9
10 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 6 1:21.197 7 1:20.726 10 1:20.808 10
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 10 1:21.394 11 1:20.913 11
12 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 11 1:21.415 12 1:21.020 12
13 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 13 1:21.487 13 1:21.069 13
14 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 14 1:21.500 14 1:21.103 14
15 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 15 1:21.890 15 1:21.392 15
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 16 1:21.925 16
17 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 17 1:21.973 17
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 18 1:22.248 18
19 88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 19 1:22.530 19
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:22.716 20
107% Time: 1:26.181
Source:[2]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

Sprint Qualifying Grid[]

Sprint Qualifying[]

Report[]

Bottas led away at the start, while Hamilton started poorly, dropping behind Verstappen, the McLarens and Gasly, but was promoted a place when Gasly broke his front wing after making contact with Ricciardo, and eventually crashing at Curva Grande. Tsunoda also tipped Kubica into a spin, requiring him to change his front wing. Perez meanwhile was forced off wide by Stroll and cut the chicane ahead of him, before being ordered to give the position back. Despite his efforts, Hamilton wasn't able to clear the McLarens, and wound up 5th as his team-mate won the sprint ahead of Verstappen, nevertheless the Dutchman gaining pole as Bottas had to start from the back of the grid due to an engine penalty. Ricciardo would thus line up 2nd on the front row, with Norris behind alongside Hamilton.

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points Race Grid
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 18 27:54.078 1 3 19*
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 18 +2.325 3 2 1
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 18 +14.534 5 1 2
4 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 18 +18.835 4 3
5 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 18 +20.011 2 4
6 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 18 +23.442 8 5
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 18 +27.952 7 6
8 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 18 +31.089 10 7
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 18 +31.680 9 8
10 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 18 +38.671 12 9
11 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 18 +39.795 13 10
12 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 18 +41.177 11 11
13 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 18 +43.373 14 12
14 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 18 +45.977 16 13
15 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 18 +46.821 15 14
16 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 18 +49.977 17 15
17 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 18 +1:02.599 20 16
18 88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 18 +1:05.096 19 17
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 18 +1:06.154 18 18
Ret 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 0 Accident 6 PL
Source:
  • * Bottas was required to start the main race from the back of the grid for exceeding his quota of power unit elements.
  • Gasly received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. He was also required to start the race from the back of the grid for exceeding his quota of power unit elements. He was then required to start the race from the pit lane for a new energy store specification.

Race Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Before the race, Gasly reported problems en route to the grid. His AlphaTauri team-mate Tsunoda was faring the same, being wheeled into the garage before the race started, therefore failing to start.

As the lights went out, Ricciardo got the jump on Verstappen, as Hamilton managed to get past Norris. He attempted to pass Verstappen at the Roggia chicane, only to be forced off wide, running over the kerbs and dropping back behind Norris. At the same time, Giovinazzi was forced off-wide by Leclerc, before being collected and spun by Sainz, getting a 5-second penalty as a result. The debris left behind by Giovinazzi triggered a brief virtual safety car. Gasly's problem worsened on the first lap and he eventually retired. As the McLaren drivers duly kept the title rivals at bay, Bottas, on the other hand, was in a charge from last. Ocon banged wheels with Vettel heading into the Roggia chicane, the latest race winner handed a 5-second time penalty as a result.

On the 22nd lap, Ricciardo was the first one to pit. Verstappen followed two laps later, but a slow stop put him down to 9th place, at the same time Hamilton had just managed to clear Norris. Hamilton later pitted, and just as he emerged in between Norris and Verstappen, both went side by side into the Rettifilo chicane, Verstappen forced off slightly wide before he was mounted onto the Mercedes and ultimately putting them both into the gravel trap and retiring, the Dutchman being handed a 3-place grid penalty at the next round as a result. The safety car was called out as a result, allowing drivers who are yet to stop do so.

Ricciardo led away at the restart, with Leclerc behind before he was passed by Norris at the Curva Grande. He then ceded the position to Perez, the Mexican cutting the Roggia chicane doing so and receiving a 5-second time penalty as a result, and then later to Bottas. Schumacher meanwhile made contact with his countryman Vettel at the restart, before being tagged by Mazepin into a spin, resulting in a 5-second penalty for the Russian. Mazepin would then retire with an issue at the Ascari chicane.

Ricciardo would then be left untroubled, hence cruising to the line to take his first victory since the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix, taking the fastest lap on the final lap as well ahead of Norris. Bottas managed to claim the final podium place after Perez' penalty was applied dropping him to 5th behind Leclerc, having been trying to make a pass until the finish. Completing in the points were Sainz, Stroll, Alonso, Russell and Ocon, with Stroll being investigated for failing to respect yellow flags.

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix Main Race are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:21:54.365 2 26FL
2 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1.747 3 18
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 53 +4.921 19 15
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 53 +7.309 5 12
5 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 53 +8.723* 8 10
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 53 +10.535 6 8
7 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 53 +15.804 9 6
8 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 53 +17.201 10 4
9 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 53 +19.742 14 2
10 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 53 +20.868 12 1
11 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 53 +23.743 13
12 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 53 +24.621 11
13 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 53 +27.216 7
14 88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 53 +29.769 17
15 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 53 +51.088 18
Ret 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 41 Engine 16
Ret 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 25 Collision 4
Ret 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 25 Collision 1
Ret 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 3 System issue PL
DNS 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 0 Braking issue 15
Source:
  • * Perez originally finished 3rd, but was given a 5-second time penalty for cutting a corner and gaining advantage.
  • Mazepin was given a 5-second time penalty for causing a collision with Schumacher, but it was not applied as he had retired.

Milestones[]

Standings[]

Verstappen could only extend the championship advantage to 5 points from Hamilton due to his finish in the sprint qualifying yet failing to finish the race along with his title rival. Bottas' sprint qualifying victory as well as his charge from last to the podium ensured that he retained third and maintained the difference ahead of Norris and further from Perez in the battle for third, with Ricciardo's victory allowing him to get ahead of Gasly who failed to finish as well.

As for the constructors' standings, Bottas' efforts meant that Mercedes extended their lead ahead of Red Bull to 18 points, with McLaren taking back third once again from their 1-2 finish.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 226.5
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 221.5
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 141
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris 132
5 Mexico Sergio Pérez 118
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 104
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 97.5
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 83 ▲1
9 France Pierre Gasly 66 ▼1
10 Spain Fernando Alonso 50
11 France Esteban Ocon 45
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel 35
13 Canada Lance Stroll 24 ▲1
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 18 ▼1
15 United Kingdom George Russell 15
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi 7
17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 2
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 362.5
2 Austria Red Bull-Honda 344.5
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 215 ▲1
4 Italy Ferrari 201.5 ▼1
5 France Alpine-Renault 95
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 84
7 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 59
8 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 22
9 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 3

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

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