Simply kidding. The security automotive was first to take the checkered flag at The Temple of Pace, adopted by Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and George Russell—the identical three drivers to face on the rostrum within the Netherlands per week prior.
Daniel Riccardo’s McLaren triggered a security automotive (SC) on account of mechanical points on lap 47 of 53. As a result of the automotive was caught in gear at a tough a part of the observe, the marshals couldn’t get it cleared in time for a restart. Ought to the race have been crimson flagged to ensure a inexperienced flag end? Not in accordance with the sporting guidelines as they stand. Method One races do end below SCs. It’s not superb but it surely’s a actuality of the game. It’s not what we need to see, however that’s how it’s. By the way, that’s how the 2021 season should have resulted in Abu Dhabi with Hamilton taking the race victory and his report eighth world title. That stated, the racing at Monza main as much as the SC was stable if not largely anticipated. Whereas a restart would have been thrilling to look at, I don’t suppose it might have modified the result.
The large headline of the 2022 Italian Grand Prix was the efficiency by Nyck de Vries within the Williams. He began and completed P8, scoring two factors in his F1 debut and incomes Driver of the Day as voted by the followers. This confirmed that Williams actually has potential for double factors finishes…offered each of its drivers are really among the many prime 20 on this planet.
De Vries is a Method E and F2 champion. Primarily based on that have alone, he’s deserving of a F1 seat. If there was any lingering doubt, although, the Dutchman put it to relaxation this weekend. He was lounging within the Paddock Membership on Saturday when he acquired the decision to step in for Alex Albon in FP3. He jumped into the Williams automotive simply hours earlier than qualifying and stomped it. Through the race, he was poised among the many midfield whereas battling Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri and Alpine all through. This can be a driver we need to see on the grid in 2023, if not sooner.
George Russell maintains his report as Mr. Consistency with one other podium end. This closes the hole to Perez within the driver’s standings to only seven factors (nonetheless operating in fourth place) and extends his benefit over teammate Lewis Hamilton (in sixth) to 35 factors. Does this suggest Russell is a greater driver than Hamilton? Definitely not. This declare has no credibility given what Lewis has achieved within the sport. That stated, Russell is amongst a handful on the grid who’re on Hamilton’s degree. Why is he beating the seven-time world champion? There are doubtless many causes. The one that stands proud, although, is Russell’s potential to extract extra efficiency from a automotive than needs to be doable. That was his hallmark at Williams and why he earned the seat at Mercedes. Hamilton simply hasn’t needed to wrestle efficiency from an under-performing automotive in a really very long time.
How did Ferrari carry out in entrance of the tifosi? It wasn’t a catastrophe. Let’s begin there. Leclerc drove a terrific race to complete P2, whereas Sainz charged by means of the sphere from P18 to complete P4. However Verstappen jumped from P7 to P2 throughout the first 5 laps, and that tempo was an early indicator of how the race would end.
We are able to break up hairs about whether or not pitting Leclerc below Vettel’s VSC was the precise name. The observe really went inexperienced whereas he was rolling out of the pits, in order that minimize a few of the time benefit he in any other case would have gained. Subsequent, we are able to query whether or not going from mushy to medium tires was optimum given how lengthy he’d should go and the way Perez was already acting on the onerous tires (fairly nicely). I used to be shocked to see the medium tire, because it implied a two-stop on a observe that needs to be a one-stop.
With the good thing about hindsight, Ferrari shouldn’t have pitted. Which could have triggered a Verstappen pit cease (doing the alternative of Ferrari) and burdened Purple Bull with comparable issues. Even when that didn’t occur, the mushy tires ended up lasting longer than anticipated, so it might have been an undercut/overcut duel between Leclerc and Verstappen in some unspecified time in the future. Since they did pit, nevertheless, Ferrari ought to have gone to the onerous tires. Leclerc doubtless would have had observe place with Verstappen chasing on more energizing medium tires, sure to go him within the last laps…simply because the SC got here out and locked the win for Ferrari and the tifosi by default.
My calculations may be off on this, as there are such a lot of variables and I’ve carried out no precise calculations. A method or one other, although, Ferrari had an opportunity for victory. This was not a assured Verstappen win, because it was at Spa. However this excuse will definitely be simpler for Ferrari to simply accept and for Binotto to make use of along with his bosses.
Backside Line: It wasn’t the outcome all of us wished to see at Monza. Nevertheless it bolstered the themes of the 2022 F1 season: Verstappen’s dominance; Russell’s consistency; Ferrari’s underperformance; Mercedes’ regular progress; McLaren and Alpine buying and selling blows for better of the remaining; and Williams signaling it may well compete within the midfield.
If you would like extra excellent evaluation from this race, try the Soiled Aspect of the Observe podcast. For this week’s episode, I provide my F1 bona fides within the “100 Seconds of DRS” phase and share the story of how I competed in opposition to Valtteri Bottas in a motorbike race with a fractured wrist.
We’ll see you in Singapore!