Red Bull’s Max Verstappen just does not seem to be stopping as the Dutch driver bagged another P1 finish in the 2022 F1 Season. Verstappen pipped Ferrari’s, Charles Leclerc to take the top position at the podium in Monza. Meanwhile, Ferrari’s second driver, Carlos Sainz finished in P4. George Russell of Mercedes took P3 while his teammate Lewis Hamilton finished in the fifth position despite starting from the back of the grid.
With this win in Monza, Verstappen has moved potentially a race away from his second Formula One world championship. The Red Bull driver is 116 points ahead of Charles Leclerc in the Drivers' Standings. This was Verstappen's fifth consecutive and 11th in 16 races P1 finish in the 2022 F1 season. If Verstappen scores 22 points more than Leclerc in the next race under floodlights in Singapore on Oct. 2, the title battle will be over. Otherwise, it goes on to Japan a week later.
"You deserve that victory. It's a shame it didn't get going at the end there but you were the fastest car all weekend," Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Verstappen over the radio after the chequered flag. "Great job guys, we had a great race car," he replied
Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc was not happy to be missing the P1 finish despite being the pole-sitter. "The end was frustrating, I wish we could have had a bit of a race," said Leclerc. "It's a shame, but I gave it all today. I wish I could have won in front of the amazing Tifosi (fans) but I just couldn't today."
Red Bull's second driver, Sergio Perez also had a decent outing in Monza as the Mexican finished sixth, and took a bonus point for the fastest lap, ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris and Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly. Dutch debutant Nyck de Vries took ninth place for Williams, a stellar achievement that earned him the Driver of the Day accolade, and China's Guanyu Zhou was 10th for Alfa Romeo in their home race.
"My shoulders are dead," said De Vries, who was standing in for regular driver Alex Albon after the Thai suffered appendicitis on Saturday morning.