Italian GP: Daniel Ricciardo wins in McLaren one-two as Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen crash out

Verstappen and Hamilton crash out together after tangle battling over position at Monza’s chicane; McLaren win for the first time since 2012 with Daniel Ricciardo, who led after overtaking Verstappen at the start, finishing ahead of team-mate Lando Norris; Live reaction on Sky Sports F1

Last Updated: 12/09/21 3:39pm


Watch the collision as title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed out of the Italian GP

Watch the collision as title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed out of the Italian GP

Watch the collision as title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed out of the Italian GP

Daniel Ricciardo ended McLaren’s nine-year victory drought ahead of team-mate Lando Norris in an extraordinary Italian GP that featured the season’s second big controversial collision between title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, which this time saw both drivers crash out.

Hamilton and Verstappen’s race days ended in the gravel at the first chicane after a bizarre clash as the Red Bull attempted to overtake the Mercedes.

Both had just lost ground at slow pit stops and found themselves battling into the technical first corner. Verstappen attempted to go around the outside of Hamilton into the initial right-hander, which put him on the inside for the left-hander on exit, but the two cars met in the middle and the Red Bull was pitched up on two wheels, swiping around against the Mercedes’ roll hoop as both cars got beached in the gravel.

The stewards are investigating the incident after the race.

Verstappen had lost the lead from pole to the fast-starting Ricciardo, who drove sensationally all afternoon and was still ahead when the title leaders dropped out.

Norris overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after the subsequent Safety Car to secure McLaren’s one-two finish after a brilliant weekend.

Brilliant stuff from Lando Norris who, after being rebuffed by the Ferrari into the first chicane as racing resumed, got a great run through Curve Grande and got the job done

Brilliant stuff from Lando Norris who, after being rebuffed by the Ferrari into the first chicane as racing resumed, got a great run through Curve Grande and got the job done

Brilliant stuff from Lando Norris who, after being rebuffed by the Ferrari into the first chicane as racing resumed, got a great run through Curve Grande and got the job done

It is McLaren’s first win since the 2012 Brazilian GP, 170 grands prix ago, and Ricciardo’s first since Monaco 2018 for Red Bull.

“To anyone who thought I left, I never left, I just moved aside for a while,” said the now eight-time race winner Ricciardo after a difficult start to his McLaren career.

That winning feeling is back for Daniel Ricciardo as McLaren finish in the top two podium places.

That winning feeling is back for Daniel Ricciardo as McLaren finish in the top two podium places.

That winning feeling is back for Daniel Ricciardo as McLaren finish in the top two podium places.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished third on the road but dropped to fifth after a five-second time penalty was imposed on him for leaving the track and gaining an advantage in a battle with Leclerc.

Valtteri Bottas, Saturday’s sprint winner, took over the third position after a fine recovery drive from 19th place following engine penalties. But the time spent behind Perez cost the Finn a shot at the McLarens.

Leclerc got back ahead of Perez in the final classification courtesy of the Mexican’s penalty, with Ferrari team-mate Carlos Sainz in sixth.

Italian GP result: Top 10
1) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
2) Lando Norris, McLaren
3) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
6) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
7) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
8) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
9) George Russell, Williams
10) Esteban Ocon, Alpine

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